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Merit Travel Group & WaterAid Canada
transform lives for School Children in Ethiopia

Campaign raises over $125,000 for the Clean Water for Schools project.

TORONTO – February 21, 2017 – For three months, at the end of 2016, Merit Travel employees creatively worked together toward one common goal: raise funds to support WaterAid’s Clean Water for Schools project in Ethiopia. Employees across the company embraced the challenge, and their dedication resulted in raising over $30,000! When matched by the Government of Canada, this effort generated a total of $129,598.

“We took the challenge seriously, and because of the passion of Merit Travel Group employees, we can say our first year supporting WaterAid Canada was a success.” Said Louise de Grandpré, Chief Operating Officer, Merit Travel Group. “These efforts will forever be part of a driving force to bring access to safe water, toilets and hygiene to all. We look forward to working with WaterAid again and are committed to this goal.”

Funds will be put toward bringing toilets and clean water to eight schools in Ethiopia. WaterAid Canada’s Clean Water for Schools project is a five-year project to improve water, sanitation and hygiene conditions for 120,000 boys and girls, attending 170 schools throughout Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya.

About WaterAid Canada
WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organization works in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 25 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 24 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit, follow @WaterAidCanada on Twitter, or at

About Merit Travel Group
Merit Travel Group is a specialty travel company established in 1991 by Michael Merrithew and Louise de Grandpré. Since 1991, Merit has grown to become an industry leader and one of the largest independent travel companies in Canada. Merit’s 420 travel professionals located in offices across the country provide advice and services to more than 350,000 Canadian travelers every year. Merit Travel Group and its unique specialty brands including Merit Travel, Travelcuts, MeritBiz, Merit Loyalty and Exclusive Tours are jointly owned by the Merrithew Family and Tokyo-based, H.I.S. Co. Ltd., one of the largest global travel networks in the world.

For more information, please visit or contact:

Nefertiti Saleh
Corporate Partnerships Manager
WaterAid Canada
613-230-5182 ext 227

Luisa Pannozzi
Marketing Director
Merit Travel Group
416-364-3775 ext 4216