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Plan International Canada calls on Canadians to make every drop count and support 3,000 families with clean water

Gifts of Hope offer a unique opportunity to tap into the potential of children in need on Giving Tuesday

TORONTO, ON – Nov.22, 2018 – In celebration of Giving Tuesday on November 27, Plan International Canada is rallying Canadians to donate 3,000 gifts of Clean Water for Families in developing countries through its Gifts of Hope program. The gift of clean water provides children and their families with an essential: clean water to drink, to prepare meals, and to enhance their livelihood.

“In the spirit of generosity this Giving Tuesday, we’re encouraging Canadians to support families overseas access their right to clean water – something that many of us may take for granted,” says Caroline Riseboro, President and CEO of Plan International Canada. “This Gift of Hope will make a positive impact on girls who will no longer have to travel long distances to find clean drinking water, keeping them safe and in school, so that they can unleash their potential.”

This Giving Tuesday marks the sixth year of a global movement in the charitable sector that is dedicated to generosity and volunteering.

About the Clean Water for Families Gift of Hope

Access to clean drinking water and sanitation helps prevent waterborne illnesses and promotes sanitation. This gift provides clean water solutions that benefit whole communities, such as wells and hand-washing stations. It takes away the burden of finding safe drinking water from girls who no longer have to travel long distances every day, and also prevents them from being vulnerable to risky situations along the way. With clean water, girls no longer have to miss school.

The gift of Clean Water for Families is $80 and is a matched Gift of Hope, which means that donations are multiplied four times for a value of $400.

Water impact stats: The true weight of water

  • In three years, a child in Africa, usually a girl, will walk the same distance as crossing Canada on foot – just to collect water. (UN Water)
  • Women and girls in developing countries spend 25 per cent of their days collecting water for their families. (UN Water)
  • 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related illness. (UNDP)
Gifts of Hope media assets, including photos and infographics for social media, are available for download.

About Gifts of Hope

Plan International Canada’s Gifts of Hope redefine what is possible and help unleash the potential of every child. They defy normal gift-giving and bring tangible goods and services to those in most need in developing countries such as El Salvador, Bangladesh, and Tanzania. With more than 50 gifts to choose from, such as a Goat, Newborn Checkup and Girl Power, Canadians have the chance to give real gifts that change lives.

Gifts of Hope can be easily purchased online at or over the phone at 1-800-387-1418.

About Plan International Canada

Plan International Canada is a member of a global organization dedicated to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and are now active in more than 70 countries.

We are calling on all Canadians to Defy Normal: to believe in the power and potential of every child and to take a stand anywhere children are oppressed, exploited or left behind and anywhere girls aren’t equally valued.

Together, we can create a world where all unleash their full potential.

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Media contact:

Angie Torres-Ramos
Media and Public Relations Manager, Plan International Canada