Every year our firm donates funds to a charity that we believe is changing lives and making a difference. The donation is a regular gesture.

 

Our commitment to our global community stems from our belief that we have been blessed with a successful business and a responsibility to share that success.  Recognizing that we have had an opportunity to help families make smart decisions about their money, we also expect the same from ourselves.

It is our aim to give back a portion of our profits on an annual basis. We believe that our gifting is an investment in the financial betterment of those who are less fortunate financially.


Christmas 2017: Hands at Work Africa

Christmas is a time of year where we have the opportunity to slow down and think of family and friends. We recognize the many blessings that we have. Our team has made an ongoing commitment to give back to our community both locally and internationally as a way to say thank you to our clients.  In 2016 we were very happy to be involved with the Saskatoon city Hospital foundation. In 2017, we have had the opportunity to meet people in Saskatoon involved in an international organization: Hands at Work Africa.

In 2005 an influential South African foundation predicted that Hands at Work, then caring for 9000 orphaned and vulnerable children, would be one of the three largest South African aid and development organisations by 2010. An honour? Comparing the 9000 being reached to the 14 million children already orphaned in Sub-Saharan Africa, it was a wake-up call: more must be done.

Thus the vision was born of caring for 100,000 children.

Hands at Work is striving to reach the most vulnerable, those that would not have been reached otherwise. Without access to food, education and basic health care, children are left extremely vulnerable. Therefore in accordance with international standards of child care, Hands at Work does not say it “cares” for a child until we are able to provide access to these three things.

We have committed $10,000 as a gift to Hands at Work on behalf of the many thanks that we have for our clients continued commitment to the work we do on their behalf.


Supporting our community at home

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Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation

In 2016 we once again made a significant donation to the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation, which is doing such terrific work in our community. We wanted to provide our support.

You can learn more about the work they are doing at this link:  Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation

 

Our Global Community

 

Some of the global projects that we are particularly involved with are:

The Philippines Clean Water Project:

Water Ambassadors Canada has teamed up with Louisville, Kentucky based WaterStep to send emergency chlorination systems. Their WaterStep M-100 chlorinator is an award winning unit capable of producing enough water for thousands of people daily. About the size of a football and using only a 12 volt battery and a handful of table salt, it can clean up to 40,000 litres of water per day.  A full system, costing $3,600, consists of a chlorinator, plumbing, solar panel, hand pump, re-usable pre-filter and 500 gallon bladder tank. This same technology was used very effectively in Haiti.

We purchased two systems for the Philippines.

Visit www.waterambassadorscanada.org for more information.


Honduras Clean Water Project

We were involved in a project with Living Water International Canada to dig a small capacity well outside a village in Honduras. Our financial support provided a portion of the funding to construct a well that produced clean water for an entire village.

Every 15 seconds a child dies because of the lack of clean water. Each year 1.8 million children die from problems that could have been prevented with access to clean water. 1 out of 5 people worldwide are without access to safe drinking water and half of the world's population lacks adequate water purification systems. Through Living Water International Canada and your support of our business we can make a real difference in the lives of families in need.


Visit www.waterambassadorscanada.org for more information.


Ghana Clean Water Project

In Ghana the availability of clean water is incredibly limited. Residents of the local rural communities often walk several miles each day only to bring back dirty, parasite-infested, and dangerous water to give to their families. This lack of clean water for personal hygiene and drinking has a devastating effect on many communities.

It is estimated that 25,000 children die every day from preventable diseases. Access to clean water is a major variable in helping to reduce that number. We have teamed up with a group of local business owners to provide a tractor with a drilling attachment and a contingency fund that will stay in Ghana to be operated by the locals to potentially drill over 200 wells.
We see this not as an end in itself but one step in the process aimed at transformational change in the entire country.

Visit www.waterambassadorscanada.org for more information.


Zambia Hammer Mill Project

In Mulenga, Zambia, there is extreme poverty. We have had contact with an organization called Hands at Work, Africa which works in the most vulnerable areas of Africa. In the African village of Mulenga, the residents are required to travel over two kilometers to take their corn to have it ground so that it is edible.

The volunteers there wanted to purchase a hammer mill to grind maize meal. We, along with four other local business people provided the funds necessary to purchase the hammer mill. The mill was able to benefit the local community because pre-ground meal is more expensive and profits from the hammer mill provided support to the volunteers of Breakthrough Care Group who provide loving, parental home visits to the most vulnerable children in Mulenga.

We chose this project because it provided for the nourishment of the local residents and an economic engine for future capital needs that can someday contribute to improving the community as a whole!

Visit www.handsatwork.org for more information.


Mulenga, Zambia, Hands at Work

In 2015 we donated to an organization called Hands at Work in Mulenga, Zambia.  Mulenga is a slum community in northern Zambia which was recently devastated by the AIDS crisis and now bears the burden of the many orphaned children who are being left behind in the wake of the death of their parents. These children have no way to attend school or access the most basic healthcare, and they often struggle to get even a plate of food each day. Hands at Work has mobilized the local Mulenga community and drawn them together to take responsibility for these children, to stand in as mothers and fathers to children who have none. They have identified the 200 most vulnerable Mulenga children, launched a school to provide primary education to those kids and, most importantly, take parental responsibility — ensuring they get both the medical care they need and enough nutritious food each day. 

Visit handsatwork.org for more information.


 

We wish to offer our sincerest thanks to all of you who help to make our support of these projects possible through your work with our advisors.