In early February, we were delighted to be named as winners of the 2020 Lewis Perinbaum Impact and Innovation Award, presented by the Canadian Centre for International Cooperation (now Cooperation Canada) and World University Service Canada.
The award recognized iDE’s Ghana sanitation program, which has worked with local businesses to market and sell improved toilets in areas where as little as 10% of the population had access to a safe facility. With support from Global Affairs Canada, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation and Canadian donors, the project is transforming rural Ghanaians’ access to sanitation services in a real and lasting way.
At the ceremony in Ottawa with Canada’s International Development Minister Karina Gould, iDE Canada’s Stu Taylor and Tiffany Koberstein accepted the award on behalf of the iDE Ghana team and the donors who have made this project possible, including a group of generous supporters in British Columbia. “This project is new, it’s innovative and it’s doing something different where traditional approaches have failed,” said Stu in his acceptance speech. “At the root, this is about saving the lives of children who are dying for the lack of a very simple facility.”