Trinity Student James Madhier Takes Action to Address Global Water Crisis
Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, Emmanuel Jal, Daily Planet’s Ziya Tong to Present at Event Supporting Former Refugee’s Response to the Global Water Crisis
By The Rainmaker Enterprise
After relocating to Toronto, former South Sudanese refugee and Trinity College student James Thuch Madhier (photo right) established the Rainmaker Enterprise to address water scarcity in his native country. At the backdrop of the political turmoil that has recently displaced millions in South Sudan, long-running conflicts over scarce water have driven forced displacement for years. Located in East-Central Africa, South Sudan is among the hardest hit countries by climate change. The Rainmaker Enterprise uses solar energy to address water scarcity, extreme hunger, and conflict in South Sudan.
Water and conflict are increasingly becoming interlinked. Speaking at the UN General Assembly’s High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace, Mr. Madhier urged world leaders to acknowledge the linkages between water and conflict. “There is no development and peace without access to water,” he said.
The global water crisis currently affects one-third of the world’s population, and by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s people could face water shortages. In Canada, our Indigenous communities suffer from lack of access to clean water. The global water crisis requires concerted action driven by local and sustainable solutions.
Given this pressing challenge, the Rainmaker Enterprise will host the first annual Water for Peace Cocktail Reception at the Spoke Club in downtown Toronto on June 2, 2018. Water for Peace gathers humanitarians, peace activists, environmental champions, and industry leaders to connect, learn, and act on the water crisis while raising funds for the Rainmaker Enterprise.
The event features keynote remarks by Lieutenant-General (retired) the Honourable Roméo Dallaire, whose humanitarian work through the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative prevents the use of children as weapons of war. Dr. James Orbinski, Canadian physician, author, humanitarian activist and leading scholar in global health, will deliver remarks on the interlinkages between climate change, water shortages, malnutrition, global health and human security risks. 2018 Havel Prize-winning recording artist Emmanuel Jal will deliver the lead performance, sharing his inspiring journey from South Sudanese child soldier to acclaimed artist and activist, and message of a future of freedom and hope in South Sudan. The Honourable Cecilia Adeng will bring remarks as the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Sudan to the United Nations. The event will be MC’d by Ziya Tong, award-winning host of the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet.
All funds raised are in support of the Rainmaker Enterprise’s sustainable and scalable water projects in South Sudan. The organization, which installs solar-powered water infrastructure for safe human consumption and sustainable agriculture, has gained the recognition of the United Nations Environment Programme in its first year of operation. To find more information and purchase event tickets, please visit: www.waterforpeace.ca.
Learn more about James Madhier's journey from South Sudan via Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya to Trinity College through the Trinity College Student Refugee Program, which is an initiative of World University Service of Canada (WUSC).