May 15, 2018
Director James Orbinski to speak at "Water for Peace"
Dr. James Orbinski, with Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, to Speak at First Annual Water for Peace Event in Support of the Rainmaker Enterprise
The headlining performance will be delivered by Emmanuel Jal, who survived water scarcity as a child soldier in southern Sudan to become the world-renowned, Havel Prize-winning recording artist who advocates for a future of freedom and hope in South Sudan. Guest speakers also include Cecilia Adeng, the Deputy Permanent Representative of South Sudan to the United Nations; and James Madhier, who has devoted his life to providing water for dignity as the Founder and Executive Director of the Rainmaker Enterprise.
These individuals understand the ultimate importance of water and are bringing this issue to all Canadians through Water for Peace. All funds raised are in support of the Rainmaker Enterprise's sustainable and scalable projects using solar energy to provide access to water in war-torn regions. The Rainmaker Enterprise has gained global recognition in its first year of operation. In 2017, the organization was shortlisted for the United Nations Environment Programme's Young Champions of the Earth Award. From May 7-10 of this year, the organization was selected among the world's 30 most innovative organizations addressing water scarcity to exhibit in the Water First category at Seeds&Chips, the world's leading food innovation summit. During the summit in Milan, the Rainmaker Enterprise received the Gruppo CAP Award as the most promising emerging organization addressing the water crisis.
Speaking at the UN General Assembly's High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace on April 25, Rainmaker Founder Mr. Madhier urged world leaders to acknowledge the linkages between water and conflict. "There is no development and peace without access to water," he stated. Water for Peace provides an opportunity for all Canadians to understand how water scarcity drives conflict, health challenges, forced displacement, and hunger; and to learn how they can take action.
For more information and to purchase event tickets, please visit www.waterforpeace.ca. Tickets are $200 each, with $150 eligible for a tax receipt provided by the Rainmaker Enterprise's charity partner, the Canada-Africa Partnership Network.
For further information:
Ms. Katie Fettes, The Rainmaker Enterprise