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The TreadRight Foundation is celebrating World Water Day today with its partner, WE, an international charity committed to delivering a sustainable development model that empowers people to transform themselves, their families, their communities and the world.
TreadRight – a joint initiative between the Travel Corporation brands including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Contiki and Uniworld – and WE have come together to partner with the community of Kanambu, Ecuador, to deliver access to clean water to drink and use for cooking; develop healthy sanitation facilities for washing and going to the bathroom; and build infrastructure like irrigation or catchment systems to facilitate food production.
The community is located in the Amazon region of Ecuador and while there is a nearby river, this water source is highly contaminated, and piping to a nearby spring contains untreated water and lacks the water pressure to deliver water to the entire community.
With TreadRight’s support, WE has been constructing a water treatment centre for the community of Kanambu that will include establishing a water catchment system, constructing a water treatment plant, laying piping and establishing water access points at the school.
The development will also be responsible for laying the piping for the distribution system that will allow for household access points to be established and community mobilisation and training, ensuring there is a committee established to maintain the project.
“The Kanambu project continues TreadRight’s commitment to helping deliver water interventions in many of the destinations we visit.
“We are so proud to have now partnered with WE in working to deliver clean water to this community in the Amazon,” said Brett Tollman, founder, The TreadRight Foundation and chief executive, the Travel Corporation.
“Having partnered with WE for years now on a number of sustainability projects and immersive volunteer trips, we appreciate their recognition of the unique needs of each community and their thorough commitment to each project.
“We look forward to delivering the same positive success in Ecuador that we’ve seen WE deliver around the world.”