Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Deborah Meaden has named employees from MWH, now part of Stantec, as winners in WaterAid’s Water Innovators Programme 2016 for their inventive solutions to improve access to sanitation in Cambodia.
The team, Mere Water Heroes, from the MWH UK was crowned champions of the ‘Best Sanitation Solution’ at the awards ceremony in London on Thursday 27 October.
They were selected from over 30 teams from the UK and Australia who took part in the challenge to find water, sanitation and hygiene solutions for real-life projects in Cambodia.
The Mere Water Heroes, a team of MWH Graduates based in offices throughout the UK, researched and designed a sanitation solution for communities who live on the Cambodian lake of Tonle Sap. They also raised vital funds for WaterAid by organising Raffles, Bake Sales, Cyclothons and other events.
The teams have spent the last eight months battling it out to devise solutions for their chosen field of WaterAid’s work. During the process, they presented a Dragons’ Den-style pitch to key experts at WaterAid, developed project management plans, and refined their team-working and business acumen skills too. The employee development programme is backed by Deborah Meaden.
At the awards, Deborah Meaden, said:
“Water Innovators provides an opportunity for teams from different businesses to not only stretch their imaginations and skills, but to help solve some very real problems for millions of people living in Cambodia without clean water and sanitation.
“The winners cleverly combined their skills and talents to come up with their design and concept and crucially, the solutions found are not only simple, but affordable and sustainable.”
Water Innovators is an employee development program where teams compete with each other, to solve a real problem from WaterAid’s work, undertake activities to raise funds, and learn new skills and leadership qualities.
This exciting programme gives teams the opportunity to help WaterAid reach more people with safe water and toilets while getting a unique learning experience.
Companies can get involved by visiting www.wateraid.org/uk/waterinnovators for more information.
The minimum amount each team needed to raise was £3,000 and WaterAid provided £300 seed funding towards this.