Every year on March 22, World Water Day is observed to raise awareness about the importance of clean, accessible water and the alarming number of global citizens who do not have access to safe water. With the theme “Leaving No One Behind,” World Water Day 2019 shed light on marginalized groups who do not have access to safe water, including women, children, refugees, indigenous people, people with disabilities and more.
Shangri-La properties participated in the meaningful observation by engaging with colleagues, the environment and community members to raise awareness about the importance of access to potable water, and threats that face accessible water.
To commemorate World Water Day, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to protect the cascades in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka, which provide clean water to rural communities in Sri Lanka. The cascades are imperative to ensuring food and water security in farming areas and to nearby community members, many of whom are women. Starting on World Water Day, the hotel pledges to work with the UNDP to plant 800 trees to protect the Mahadhodanaththewa tank in the Madde Ramabawa Cascade to support a sustainable Sri Lanka.
On March 18, Lamya Al Jabri, CSR executive from Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Sultanate of Oman and Shangri-La’s Al Husn Resort & Spa, Sultanate of Oman, celebrated World Water Day by visiting a neighboring all-girl school in Qantab. During the visit, Lamya taught students about the importance of water conservation and tips about how to save and reduce water usage.
On March 22, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu celebrated World Water Day and International Day of Forests with a tree planting activity at SK Pukak (Sekolah Kebangsaan Pukak), a school in Kiulu and one of the resort’s EMBRACE beneficiaries. Resort colleagues and over 100 teachers, parents and students of SK Pukak helped plant 60 fruit trees around the school.
“The activity was structured to maximize awareness about World Water Day and International Day of Forests,” said Regina Sulit, director of communications at the resort. “By planting trees, there is water!”
On March 31, 26 colleagues from Edsa Shangri-La, Manila and Shangri-La Plaza participated in an environmental cleanup at a creek near the hotel, which is part of the San Juan River System. Colleagues collected 30 bags of waste.
"The undertaking reminded the volunteers of the importance of freshwater to mankind, and heightened advocacy for the protection, conservation and sustainable management of the country's water sources,"said Pauline Rica De Leon, secretary to the resident manager at the hotel.
Thank you to our colleagues around the world who participated in the global celebration.