Merit Travel Group raised over $30,000 in a 2017 campaign for WaterAid Canada, aimed at supporting health clinics in Tanzania. This follows an overall contribution of $90,000 to WaterAid Canada in 2017, with a goal of improving and saving lives by providing access to safe water and sanitation in under-developed communities across the world.
The company’s participation in The Deliver Life program will improve the water, sanitation and hygiene conditions at 12 health clinics in Tanzania. Many local health clinics in the country don’t have clean water on site or anywhere nearby. The clinics often ask patients to bring water with them, particularly for delivering babies which creates a risk of infection and disease.
Through a variety of employee and client engagement initiatives across all of its brands, Merit Travel Group raised awareness for the campaign. It also contributed to WaterAid Canada through corporate and travel sponsorship for the WaterAid Canada team.
Louise de Grandpré, chief operating officer of the Merit Travel Group, observed: “Our involvement with WaterAid has been more rewarding than we could have expected. Our staff are polarized towards a common goal.
Grandpré continued: “These efforts will forever be part of a driving force to bring access to safe water, toilets and hygiene to all. We are dedicated to being an extension of the WaterAid team, joining together and being part of the solution.”
The campaign for the Deliver Life program in Tanzania is the second sub-Saharan African country Merit Travel Group has supported, following a 2016 campaign for Ethiopia’s Clean Water for Schools project. The 2016 funding enabled the WaterAid team, and local residents, to install toilets and provide clean running water in eight schools in Ethiopia.