Owners of over 20 properties in the GTA participating by making donations to Ryan’s Well instead of a tenant gift on Earth Day. The Ryan’s Well Foundation raises funds to improve access to water in Africa. Property owners involved in the initiative included the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC), Ivanhoé Cambridge, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, Bentall Kennedy Prime Canadian Property Fund and Investors Group.
Collectively, the owners donated over $28,000 to a project in Lomé, the capital city of Togo. Bentall Kennedy’s team made the arrangements, and engaged tenants in the campaign as well. The overall project goal was $50,000, and with support from tenants the fundraising goal was quickly achieved.
The efforts of Bentall Kennedy, the tenants and the owners of the properties involved in this 2011 Earth Day initiative helped to build handwashing stations, latrines, and taps at two schools, Klikame and Avenou Primary Schools, and their local communities in Togo.
Access to sanitation and hygiene at schools encourage better attendance, as youth can spend less time gathering water, and more time in school. The funds raised also help to provide education and training including technician training to ensure proper maintenance of the new infrastructure. The project was underway within two months of Earth Day 2011, and was completed in February 2012.