ICS - Clean Water Initiative
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Join us on Saturday, February 23rd at the Fox Cabaret and get a little crazy for a good cause! The evening features stand up sets from comedians Yumi Nagashima and Steev Letts and a live musical set from Light Organ Records artist, Fake Shark.

Proceeds from the evening will go towards
WE Villages, via International Conference Services (ICS), to benefit their project in Kanambu, Ecuador to construct a clean water system.

Not able to make the show, but still want to contribute? Click that donate button!

Over the next three years, ICS has committed to raising $50,000 that will be matched by the company for a total of $100,000 to be donated to the project. These funds will support the construction of a clean water system in the WE village of Kanambu, Ecuador, in addition to educating the community that will support the use and maintenance of the system. A local guiding committee has been formed within the community of Kanambu to manage the infrastructure development.

Learn more at
http://www.icsevents.com/the-difference/giving-back-as-a-mantra/we/

Yumi Nagashima:
In just three short years, stand-up comedian and actress Yumi Nagashima has made a large splash on the North American comedy scene with her sassy stage presence and unique point of view. Yumi is a mainstay on the Vancouver comedy scene but she has performed in seven different countries (USA, Australia, England, Germany, Sweden, Japan and Canada.) You may have also heard her on the CBC radio program “The Debaters” She has been featured on Andy Kindler's Alternative show as a part of Just For Laugh North West. She was also a finalist in the 2016 & 2017 Yuk Off Competition. Yumi is also an accomplished actress and has many acting credits to her name, including "The Man in the High Castle"(HBO).

Steev Letts:
Steev is a mildly thuggish but extremely lovable gay oaf. He finds inspiration in the many gross rituals that unite us all, and aims to make you laugh at that which makes you cringe.
Winner of the 2016 Vancouver’s Funniest Amateur Comic and the 2018 Vancouver Yuk Off, Steev has performed on showcases for Just For Laughs, JFL Northwest and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/steevletts
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/steevletts

Fake Shark:
The members of Fake Shark have long been known for their singular style and feverish, wide-eyed abandon. As well as a streamlining of the band’s name (dropping the “Real Zombie” part of their previous moniker), there’s been a conscious effort to tighten up Fake Shark’s musical centre. Their new album "Walking Through a Fantasy" is out now!
Website:
https://www.fakesharkmusic.com

 

ICS and WE

Why

One of our central focuses at ICS is education; it is at the root of all our events. In our management of conferences, associations, and online parental learning, we facilitate positive change in the world by connecting people, sharing knowledge, and educating the global community.

Poverty is one of the great issues of the modern world. A growing body of empirical research suggests that better education yields higher individual income and contributes towards the construction of social capital and long-term economic growth. In keeping with our focus on global education, ICS has decided to join the worldwide struggle against poverty through a project that encourages local education and empowerment.

In choosing how we could best contribute to the fight against poverty, we knew our impact needed to be sustainable in the long term; we did not want a short-term fix.  We also wanted to have an impact internationally (due to the international reach of our conferences), as well as locally (in the cities where we have branch offices - Vancouver, Toronto, London, Vienna, Barcelona, and Denver).  Finally, as the environment is important to all of us, our project needed to have a positive impact on the natural world that we live in.

What is WE?

Poverty isn’t the result of a single cause. The issue is complex and rooted in a number of correlated socioeconomic obstacles. Tackling a single cause of poverty, regardless of money and resources invested, will allow the cycle of poverty to persist.  Poverty is especially difficult for children; we all want a world where all children have access to education and where no child has to work to ensure their family’s survival.

WE uses an international development model that addresses the five primary causes of poverty with sustainable solutions that work in tandem with one another to transform communities. The program is an adaptive, effective five-pillar model built on 20 years of experience and collaboration with dedicated community members and international development experts to find solutions that work.

WE Villages’ five pillars are:

  • Education
  • Water
  • Health
  • Food
  • Opportunity

Each pillar is a critical component in breaking the cycle of poverty. WE works to ensure everyone has access to the resources represented by each pillar.

What are we doing?

Over the next three years, ICS has committed to raising $50,000 that will be matched by the company for a total of $100,000. These funds will support the construction of a clean water system in the village of Kanambu, Ecuador, in addition to educating the community that will support the use and maintenance of the system.  A local guiding committee has been formed within the community of Kanambu to manage the infrastructure development. 

The clean water initiative is only one part of WE’s five pillar approach.  Other parts of this project focus on reducing the school dropout rate of children in the area, providing health education programs and promoting exercise at schools, building school gardens and arranging agriculture training, and empowering the locals with tools that they can use to earn an income.  

In supporting Kanambu’s access to clean water, we become part of a system that breaks barriers and provides opportunities.  Most importantly, the project empowers the local community and encourages them to take ownership of the changes they are making to their village – it will be them who will ensure the new changes and opportunities gained through the project are retained and grown long into the future.

Who are we?

At ICS, we manage conferences, associations, tradeshows, and online parental learning; our goal throughout all these events is to connect people and facilitate positive change by sharing knowledge for the betterment of all. The Clean Water Initiative: Kanambu Village Empowerment Project represents an opportunity for us to contribute to the central goal of our organization – to use education to facilitate positive change in the world.

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