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WAFA 2018  Winners

Every day, silent heroes all over the world are fighting to provide clean water, unpolluted air, and healthy food in their communities. The WAFA Awards recognize these pioneers’ achievements, giving them access to funding and support.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark, October 2018 – WAFA has announced the winners of the 2018 Water Air Food Awards.

The Water, Air and Food Awards targets breakthrough low-tech, high impact, local innovations for clean water, clean air and nutritious food. WAFA acknowledges and promotes these low-cost solutions so that they can be replicated and create significant global impact. This year’s winning projects include:

  • Water Category
    • Rainwater Harvesting 30,000 well System, Mazhapolima from India
  • Air Category
    • Family Health Program Solar Ovens, FUPROSOMUNIC from Nicaragua
  • Food Category
    • The Fish Farm Project, People and Planet Life Foundation from Nigeria
  • Youth Category
    • Water Explorer Program, Ebomvini Primary School from South Africa

The award winners will receive a certificate of achievement and a WAFA trophy presented by WAFA ambassadors at their project locations, as well as a cash reward transferred directly to their accounts (no middlemen).

Out of 171 applications, the projects were among the 10 finalists selected by a committee of international sustainability experts. The projects were then voted under different categories in the global voting campaign.

“It is an honor for my team and I to award this year’s exceptional pioneers. In their own unique way, they have produced significant results and continue to positively impact lives in their communities. The growing interest among corporations, governments and grant givers to participate in scaling and replicating these kinds of solutions is heartwarming,” says Tina Lindgreen, Founder and President of WAFA.

To learn more about our awards and the winning projects, please visit:  wafaward.org/2018-winners/

About WAFA

Since 2008, WAFA has focused on spreading the word about sustainability entrepreneurs’ breakthroughs in every corner of our planet. These “silent heroes” beat the odds to provide their communities with clean water, air, and food. The world needs to hear from them!

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WAFA Founder Nominated SDG Pioneer

NEW YORK, USA – May 2018   United Nations Global Compact

At the UN Global Compact, the search is on for SDG Pioneers who are making Global Goals local business.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out a clear vision for a sustainable future and will shape a new era for business. As part of their Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, each year the UN Global Compact celebrates a group of SDG Pioneers — business leaders who are doing an exceptional job to advance the Global Goals through a principles-based approach.

Tina Lindgreen, President and Founder of WAFA, has been nominated for this recognition.

It’s time to celebrate the individuals and businesses behind sustainability in global and local markets.

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WAFA Youth Award

Kanturk ‘Water Masters’ a first for Ireland

The Corkman   SHEILA FITZGERALD

Michael Twohig, Paul Cable, Social Activist Ayrton Cable, Melissa O’Connor, Nuala Riordan, Una Meehan, and Derval Vaughan pictured at the presentation of the Water Air and Food Youth Award 2016 at Convent of Mercy National School, Kanturk.

PUPILS at Kanturk Convent National School have gained international recognition for their incredible efforts in water conservation and promoting global water issues, winning the Water Air and Food Youth Award 2016.

This award, which has never previously been won in Ireland, was presented to the pupils by multi-award winning social activist Ayrton Cable, who travelled from London last week to present the prize money and the global WAF Youth Award.

“It was fantastic to get international recognition for all the work being done in school, in particular with regard to environmental education,” said the pupils’ teacher, Ms Úna Meehan.

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PUPILS at Kanturk Convent National School have gained international recognition for their incredible efforts in water conservation and promoting global water issues, winning the Water Air and Food Youth Award 2016.

This award, which has never previously been won in Ireland, was presented to the pupils by multi-award winning social activist Ayrton Cable, who travelled from London to present the prize money and the GLOBAL WAF Youth Award.

Founding WAFA Youth at age 11, Ayrton aims to encourage a whole generation of young people to be part of the solution to feeding everyone and ensuring safe water.

Following a year packed with challenges, competitions, a water festival, and culminating in the national finals, the Water Masters at Kanturk Convent National School were nominated by Water Explorers Dublin to represent Ireland in this international competition.

Gráinne Ryan from Water Explorers said that the girls were worthy winners and great representatives of all Irish schools involved in the project.

The Water Masters presented their ‘explorer journey’ to the audience, followed by their slideshow and video, concluding with their very popular H2O song which they composed last year.

Their teacher, Ms Úna Meehan, who co-ordinated the project, decided to join the Water Explorer global initiative as part of the Green School Water Flag project.

“We are very proud of our Water Masters and it was fantastic to get international recognition for all the work being done in school, in particular with regard to environmental education” Una said.

“The girls learned many valuable skills on the journey, in organisation, teamwork, public speaking, design and technology, advertising, and critical thinking.

“We received very positive feedback from parents who attended the ceremony along with IRD Duhallow representatives and Green School personnel. This was a wonderful and positive learning experience for everybody involved” Una added.

Today, over 663 million people live without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle this global water crisis.

Global Action Plan Ireland, an environmental NGO, lead the Water Explorer programme, A HSBC funded project. Water Explorer is a fun, competitive and interactive online educational programme inspiring young people not only to learn about global water issues but also to take a stand.

Delivered in 11 countries, students navigate Gap’s custom platform, completing a series of water-saving missions, and benchmark their progress interactively with their peers nationally and internationally.

Since launching their pilot in 2015, and continuing over the 2016 academic year, Water Explorer has engaged over 79,000 children to complete Water Challenges and enthused them to take action that has saved in excess of 1.3 million cubic metres of water.