Mar 27, 2012

Rainwater Harvesting Program Aims to Train Youth in Collection Techniques

Program was selected as a project to support during Canada Water Week

Canada Water Week is an annual weeklong celebration coinciding with World Water Day, celebrated this year March 22. Small Change Fund’s national advisers specially selected five inspiring grassroots projects that Canadians could support during the week. One of the chosen projects was the Urban Youth Catching Rain project, which hopes to train 20 Toronto youths in urban rainwater collection techniques this summer. Summer staff and volunteers hope to install new and maintain existing rainwater catchment systems in three to four school garden locations across Toronto, training themselves and residents in various techniques for rainwater harvesting and garden water conservation methods.

This Green Thumbs Growing Kids initiative needs $2,973 to provide summer employment to youth, promote urban gardening and ensure that school gardens are cared for over the summer break. CGOV Foundation made the first investment in the project, and, to encourage additional contributions from donors across the country, the RBC Foundation has offered to match any gifts dollar-for-dollar to make sure the project reaches 100% funding.

This proposed project will make it possible for community members to use school gardens and have access to high-quality water for gardening, which saves energy and utility costs. These innovative high-fence systems can be replicated nearly anywhere.

“Our advisory panel was so enthusiastic about this project,” said Dani LaGiglia, program director for the Small Change Fund. “Not only does it engage youth and address water conservation issues, it also benefits local communities. It’s a great tangible project with a strong impact.”