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‘I can’t just turn my back’: U of T student and former refugee to bring water crisis solutions to areas in need

June 1, 2018 | The Toronto Star

Madhier's team of 10 people is working to address extreme hunger, water scarcity, and water-driven conflicts and health issues by installing solar-powered water pumps and drip-irrigation systems, starting in South Sudan and expanding to other countries. In addition to it being his home country, Madhier chose South Sudan as his pilot country because he said it is among the least prepared to deal with issues of climate change related to limited water sources.


DIGHR Director, James Orbinski to speak @ Water for Peace Event

May 15, 2018 | York University

Water for Peace features keynote remarks by Lieutenant General (retired) the Honourable Roméo Dallaire and guest speech by Dr. James Orbinski, both of whom have devoted their lives to working on the frontlines of humanitarian crises, where lack of access to water drives conflict and human suffering.

These individuals understand the ultimate importance of water and are bringing this issue to all Canadians through Water for Peace. All funds raised are in support of the Rainmaker Enterprise's sustainable and scalable projects using solar energy to provide access to water in war-torn regions. 

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Trinity Student James Madhier Takes Action to Address Global Water Crisis

May 15, 2018 | Trinity College News

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.

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.

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Prominent Canadians Support Refugee's Response to Global Water Crisis

May 14, 2018 | Canadian Business Journal

One-third of the world's population now lives in water stressed areas, and by 2025, two-thirds of the world's people could face water shortages. Water and conflict are increasingly becoming interlinked. When conflict hits, infrastructure is destroyed. Today, we are not only dealing with destruction of water sources from war, but also from climate change and poor water stewardship. No country is immune to these challenges. In Canada, lack of access to clean water has put Indigenous communities at risk for years. Responding to the crisis that awaits and has already hit requires concerted and sustainable action. 


Tackling the Global Water Crisis: Water for Peace 2018

March 27, 2018 | The Rainmaker Enterprise

World Water Day, on March 22nd, brought to the forefront the extent of the global water crisis. Nearly a billion people live without access to safe drinking water, and one-third of the world’s population now lives in water-stressed areas. By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. In 2015, the World Economic Forum cited global water crises as the biggest threat facing the planet over the next decade.

The Rainmaker Enterprise announces Water for Peace, upcoming on June 2nd, along with critical information about the global water crisis. "70% of freshwater worldwide is used in agriculture. Rainmaker addresses this challenge through our solar-powered and sensor-driven drip irrigation model, which has the potential to save huge amounts of water, mitigate environmental degradation, develop green infrastructure, and enable sustainable growth."

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5 young leaders tackling Africa's droughts

February 20, 2018 | One Young World

"Last month, the journal Nature warned that 30 percent of the world’s territory could fall into a state of desertification and perpetual drought by 2050, if global average temperature is allowed to rise by 2°C.

And nowhere is this threat greater than in Africa. In Cape Town, one of the continent’s most advanced cities and a global destination for tourism, warnings have been posted that taps will run dry by 12 April, which is being dubbed ‘Day Zero’ by locals.

But it is also in Africa where a series of outstanding One Young World Ambassadors are fighting back against water scarcity with innovative projects that are an inspiration to those who are fighting back against hunger, thirst and poverty all around the world."

Read on to find out how James Madhier, founder of the Rainmaker Enterprise, is tackling the water crisis in South Sudan.


5 young leaders who are combatting water scarcity

March 22, 2017 | One Young World

"Today is World Water Day, an international day which aims to raise awareness about the lack of access to clean drinking water around the globe. Water scarcity is still one of the most pressing global issues: 1.8 billion people use drinking water that has been contaminated with faeces - putting them at risk of contracting deadly diseases such as cholera - and today more people have a phone than access to clean drinking water.

Ensuring access to water and sanitation for all by 2030 has therefore been set as a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) by the United Nations. Here's is the work some of our young leaders are doing to meet this objective..."