Upcoming: 2019 Rainmaker Run
October 19/20, 2019 | Toronto, Canada
Run or walk for clean water where its needed most. By joining our team, you will be helping us get closer to our fundraising goal of $30,000, which will directly impact the lives of over 3,000 people in Tonj, South Sudan, where we recently drilled a well. The funds raised will support the installation of a solar-powered water system that will create a foundation for food security, health and prosperity in our community for generations to come.
Two ways to get involved and make an impact: On October 19, we are hosting the Rainmaker Community 5K Run/Walk from Toronto's beautiful Trinity Bellwoods park. Join the team, fundraise and run alongside our amazing community. You can also register for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (half marathon and 5K) on October 20 while fundraising on behalf of Rainmaker.
We are running to reduce the distance. Reducing the distance of clean water means reducing waterborne illnesses, reducing hunger, reducing thirst, reducing poverty and reducing chronic conflicts. Reducing the distance opens up a world of possibilities.
Be part of the community building dignity drop by drop. Thank you for your incredible support.
South Sudan Independence Day Screening
July 9, 2019 | TIFF Theatre, Toronto Canada
In celebration of South Sudan's 8th Independence Day, we screened "Don't Cry For Me Sudan" at TIFF in Toronto. The film is about Tonj, our founder’s hometown; Father John Lee - a pastor, doctor, teacher & conductor who lived and worked in Tonj; and South Sudan's arduous journey to freedom. A beautiful picture of the human spirit and the power of an individual's actions to transform the lives of others. Thank you to all our volunteers who made this event possible, and to everyone who came to learn about our work & what we can do collectively to make a difference.
Give Water Give Life
December 4th, 2018 | Toronto, Canada
Thanks to your continued support, we establish operations in South Sudan this Spring! Thanks for joining us at the Centre for Social Innovation this past December 4th for a pre-departure discussion and to kick off our fundraising campaign, Give Water Give Life. We heard from OCIC’s Lisa Swainston, the CAP Network’s Kate Mulvale, CSI member Nathan Postma, and our founder James Madhier. A wonderful night.
September 22, 2018 | El Arepazo, 181 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, Canada
Youth of East Africa (YEA) is a group of East African-Canadian youth who aim to mobilize, mentor and motivate East African youth in Canada, uniting and empowering the community through sports, culture and career events and programs. On Saturday, September 22, 2018, YEA hosted a soirée in support of the Rainmaker Enterprise. At El Arepazo in Kensington Market, we danced the night away to Afrobeats, Bongo Flava and more while enjoying drinks and treats and hearing our founder James Madhier speak. Details.
First Annual Water for Peace
June 2, 2018 | The Spoke Club, Toronto, Canada
In 2018, we made history with the first annual Water for Peace gala at the beautiful Spoke Club in downtown Toronto. 250 engaged Canadians packed the room full to hear our outstanding line-up of speakers which included James Madhier, Dr. James Orbinski, General Roméo Dallaire and more, and featured a dazzling performance by award-winning artist and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal. We came together to learn, connect and act on the global water crisis and raise funds for the Rainmaker Enterprise. Thanks for your support towards our first pilot project in South Sudan. See event photos here.
13th-15th Annual CAP Network Bike-a-Thons
June 2017, June 2018, June 2019 | High Park, Toronto, Canada
In 2017, we joined the Canada Africa Partnership Ride for the first time, riding beyond relief for South Sudan and beyond. Thanks to Nadine McNulty for hosting us on CIUT 89.5FM to discuss the best ways of addressing extreme hunger and water scarcity. We look forward to mobilizing the Toronto community for years to come to ride alongside great initiatives supporting grassroots African development projects. "The Rainmaker initiative is a cause that is close to my heart. This is an opportunity to give back, a chance to contribute and enhance lives of thousands of people in Africa. We all can be Rainmakers. Let’s do it together.” - Evrard. 2017 campaign video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPzoCwz_ZHw&t=12s
March 24, 2017 | Toronto, Canada
On March 24, 2017, we held the official launch of the Rainmaker Enterprise at Jal Gua Organic Cafe in Toronto, Canada. 100 guests attended the event to hear James share the vision of the Rainmaker Enterprise, while over 1,300 tuned in online from around the world. We enjoyed the delicious South Sudanese dishes of Jal Gua, connected with a vibrant community of changemakers, and danced to the afterparty provided by Side Door.
Watch the speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6otP_0FevhY&t=6s