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ONE DROP’s Project India receives international recognition

November 7, 2013 - RBC Blue Water Project grant recipient ONE DROP has been honoured with an award from the International Water Association (IWA). ONE DROP’s Project India was recognized in the Sanitation and Wastewater category at the IWA Project Innovation Awards announced in early November.

India is one of the most water-stressed countries in the world. In Orissa, one of India’s poorest states, close to 40 per cent of the population does not have access to safe drinking water and just 7 per cent of rural households have access to adequate sanitation facilities. ONE DROP’s Project India used social arts and popular education activities, such as educational touring theatre shows and arts-based workshops for youth to encourage behaviour change around water use. The project contributed to the improved health and empowerment of thousands of people.

The IWA Project Innovation Awards is a global competition that recognizes and celebrates innovation and excellence in water engineering projects around the world.

In 2007, RBC became the founding corporate partner of ONE DROP with a 10-year, $10 million commitment, including funding for the following projects:

  • $1.1 million to raise awareness and improve access to clean drinking water in Orissa, India
  • $1.5 million for a watershed protection and conservation project in Honduras
  • $1 million to help restore small hydraulic and sanitation infrastructures in Haiti
The RBC Blue Water Project is an historic, wide-ranging, 10-year global commitment to help protect the world’s most precious natural resource: fresh water. Since 2007, RBC has pledged over $38 million to more than 650 charitable organizations worldwide that protect watersheds and promote access to clean drinking water, with an additional $7.8 million pledged to universities for water programs. For more information, visit www.rbc.com/bluewater.