Given the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic causing the annual events and programs to be postponed or cancelled, there was a significant funding gap to support the important work Run for Water undertakes to provide access to sustainable clean water sources and education in rural Ethiopian communities. As a result, Envision Financial stepped in to provide a $50,000 donation to ensure this vital work could continue in addition to helping initiate the pen pal program. Because of this generous donation, kids in Buluk will be drinking clean water for the first time this year and will have a school building complete with a library and a playground!
“The pandemic hasn’t erased the need for clean water access and the need to educate our youth on important global issues such as inequality and sustainability,” says David Lanphear, President, Envision Financial. “We are excited to continue our long-time partnership with Run for Water and support their important work, especially during a time of economic uncertainty.”
The pen pal program will encourage local students to connect with students in Zeneshka— one of the communities set to have a clean water system installed and school built— through traditional hand-written letters.
“We are beyond excited to initiate this new program to enable students the opportunity to hear each other’s stories, learn from one another and build strong connections,” says Peg Peters, Executive Director, Run for Water. “Above and beyond that, I can’t stress enough how important this donation is in bringing clean water and proper education to the 1,500 children living in Buluk.”
About Envision Financial
Envision Financial is a premier provider of banking and investment services for residents and businesses throughout the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland and Kitimat regions. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.’s third-largest credit union with 46 branches throughout the province, Envision Financial brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience. For more information on Envision Financial, visit www.envisionfinancial.ca.
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