Summary

To date, our team has had the honour of raising $127,000 (all funds in $Cdn.) to fund the construction of 15 water wells…providing fresh life changing water for 15,000 people. We’re at it again, and are proud to launch the “Matumaini” Campaign… Matumaini means HOPE in Swahili, and that’s what we aim to provide…..Hope for 20,000 Africans, with a new goal of funding 20 new water wells by 2023. Please join Team Matumaini, and help any way you can. All our funds go to support the Global Aid Network’s Water for Life Initiative.

Background

By way of quick background, our team comprises over 30 volunteering Canadians and many sponsors and donors. Following the past two successful campaigns, “Aqua” in 2018 (10 wells funded), and “Change the World” in 2015 (5 wells funded), our group is at it again. We’ve recorded two record albums named after our campaigns, and our third record album, entitled “Matumaini” is in the works, ready by 2023 (see album cover, shown both at the top and bottom of this site). But, we are starting our fundraising campaign now.

Our team has come together with a common goal to provide fresh, clean water for thousands of Africans. Our talented team consists of business people, suppliers, web host, graphic artist, publicist, social media experts, musicians, donors, and sponsors, and “The Cherry Trees Band” (which dedicates 100% of its efforts, recording receipts, appearances etc. to supporting charitable initiatives). This initiative is being supported in a number of ways… sponsorships from foundations, families and corporations, donations made by many people on our website, music  proceeds…all funds are directly supporting new water wells being drilled in African communities. These water wells provide fresh drinking water, hygienic improvements, social and economical benefits,among others. Our efforts help break the chain of poverty and malnutrition in many communities, and free up women and children for education and other worthwhile activities, currently women are often relegated to fetching water in dangerous conditions by day and night.

The Global Aid Network visited the Village of Malungo several years after it had drilled a new water well, please see the video below to view how this community has flourished.

The Need

We have been fortunate to receive much positive media coverage including a radio appearance and being profiled twice in the Globe and Mail (2018, and 2015). As you may know, sadly 3.5 million people pass away annually from ingesting unclean water. To combat this issue, Team Aqua and Team Change the World started by raising and channelling all funds directly to the Water for Life Initiative managed by GAiN (The Global Aid Network). 100% of proceeds go directly to this cause. Just $8,500 builds one water well which supplies 1,000 needy people with fresh water for up to 25 years.

Please see the video below to view the benefits of providing fresh, clean water wells.

Track Record

We are very proud of our track record- in 2015 our “Change The World” campaign (with album of the same name) raised $42,500, building 5 wells and providing fresh water for more than 5,000 Africans. In 2018, we doubled our previous goal, and raised $85,000, enough to fund 10 new wells and supply 10,000 people with fresh clean water. Our corporate sponsors are “who’s who” of Toronto business, including Barrick Gold, National Bank (Chan-Lee Wealth Management), Trisura Guarantee, Travelers Insurance, AIG Insurance, Farmers Mutual re, VIA Rail Canada, and many more organizations as you can see from the Sponsors banner below. Further, we are fortunate to have the support of Families and Foundations- also on our Sponsors Banner.

Music

The Cherry Trees two albums “Aqua” and “Change the World” can be heard on Spotify, Apple Music and on iTunes, and on our “The Cherry Trees Band” You Tube Channel. You can learn more about the Cherry Trees Band on Facebook.

About Global Aid Network/Women’s Issues/Charitable Status

The Global Aid Network (Water for Life Initiative) receives 100% of funds and is a Registered Charity . A key focus of this initiative is improving lives of women. 

“Women and girls around the world face particular challenges, including access to sexual and reproductive health services. With Canada’s support to the work done by GAiN Canada, we continue to address many of those challenges, by helping to improve the health of women and children in rural areas of Benin and Togo.”

MARIE-CLAUDE BIBEAU, MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LA FRANCOPHONIE, 2017

Thanks to our Sponsors

Our Great Sponsors and Significant Donors (2015-present)

SUPPLIER Sponsors
C7- Web Design, Build and Hosting
Toccacelli & Associates- Strategy & PR
Klaus Uhlig at Uhlig.ca-Graphic Design
Peacock Philanthropic Counsel- Strategy & Fund Raising counsel
Kyle Greiner- Media and Design
Graham Mallory- Social Media
Lindsay Bodrug- Social Media

GOLD Sponsors
CHAN LEE Wealth Management Group & National Bank-see logo
Quebec Private Foundation
George and Mary Turnbull Foundation
David and Kathy Lloyd
Barrick Gold

SILVER Sponsors
Optimus SBR
Trisura Insurance Company
Travelers Insurance Company

BRONZE Sponsors
Bob Taylor
NRStor Inc
Compugen
Farm Mutual re
American International Group (AIG)

OTHER significant Sponsors
Trinity Underwriting Managers Ltd.
Neil and Maria McRuer
The Lamb Co.
Andy Poprawa
Liberty International Insurance
Markel Insurance Company

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions were are often asked

Donate on this site by clicking on the donate button, or for larger donations contact us by clicking the contact button

Answer the Global Aid Network is a registered charity , for any donations over $25 you will receive a tax receipt

Yes, a key focus of this initiative is improving lives of women. Many women spend their lives fetching contaminated water for their families. With a well, village women are freed up to pursue education, their own health, and other initiatives to support the well being of their families and people

our funds go directly to the Global Aid Network who channels the money toward drilling wells in Africa

$8500 provides 1000 people with fresh clean Drinking water for 25 years

For less than $10 you can support one person receiving clean water for 25 years

Often, just 80 meters below their feet are aquifers of disease-free water. By providing one deep-water well, we can help break the cycle of poverty and death caused by contaminated water.

We’ve raised enough for the Global Aid Network to drill 15 wells, and supply 15,000 people with water. With the Matumaini campaign, we are now aiming to raise funds for 20 more wells by 2023

See above for a link to their site.

on your behalf we direct the funds to the Global Aid Network

“Hope” in Swahili.

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