Water is everything. It is health. It is education. It is opportunity. It is an undeniable truth that without safe water, toilets and hygiene, individuals' lives are at risk. This is unacceptable. Water and sanitation are not only life-saving necessities, they are also basic human rights. If we're to put an end to this tragedy, we must amplify the call for change.
While there remains work to reach our goal, we are very pleased to report that we are making progress. Change is happening now and there is real hope for the future.
In 2015, we saw world leaders adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at an historic United Nations Summit. For the very first time, they included a goal exclusively for clean water and sanitation. This achievement was both momentous and inspiring, aligning perfectly with WaterAid's global strategy for 2015-2020: Everyone, Everywhere 2030.
Everyone, Everywhere 2030, was launched in May 2015. It sets the course from which we will achieve success, defining how we will accelerate transformational change toward our vision and how we will link the work of WaterAid's member countries. The strategy has four aims: equality, sustainable services, integration and hygiene. They each require that WaterAid be an agent of change, shifting our emphasis from meeting the needs of individuals to addressing the root causes that prevent access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
With a new global strategy to underpin our work, WaterAid Canada has been building momentum-both externally in delivering our shared vision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene for all, and internally by expanding the expertise of our team. To do this, we have focused on aggressive, yet sustainable growth. We have also fully leveraged our membership with WaterAid International by tapping into the knowledge of our WaterAid colleagues from around the globe.
We're happy to report that our impact this year comes from the strength of our programs. Whether by investing in the improved health of schoolchildren or by building community capacity, we remain committed to supporting lasting change through meaningful and productive relationships. Our new programs in Ghana, Mali and Tanzania expand our reach, meaning that thousands of children, women and men, will have a much better chance at a healthier, safer and more productive life. We are also working collaboratively with partners such as Amref Health Africa in Canada, Christian Children's Fund of Canada and SickKids Centre for Global Child Health to leverage resources and expertise.
Safe, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. To get there we must build on our achievements, adapt to a changing context, encourage innovation, and be bold.
This year we have much to celebrate and to be proud of, especially the incredible generosity of our supporters, the dedication and leadership of our board of directors and the passion and commitment of our staff. Your support is key to helping us transform lives around the world.
We invite you to read our story for 2015-2016. In this annual report you will see how this year has been filled with change, growth and momentum.
John Connolly, Chair
Nicole Hurtubise, CEO
John Connolly, Chair
Government of Canada, Ret.
Lynn Campbell, LL.B, LL.M
Professor, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University
K. Bruce Dean, P.Eng.
Principal, Director of Water Resources, Calgary Office, Golder Associates Ltd.
Dr. Elizabeth MacSween
President & CEO, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute
International Development Research Centre, Ret.
V.G. (Vic) Kariappa
Managing Director, Royal Bank of Canada: Government, Crown Corporations, Insurance and Financial Markets
Chief Executive Officer
Vice President of Communications and Fundraising
Strategic Partnerships Director
Director of International Programs