We are delighted to welcome leading Canadian charity WaterCan as our Canadian member country. Together, with WaterAid member countries from Australia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, we can have a bigger impact, ensuring everyone, everywhere has access to clean water and sanitation by 2030. Jeremy Pelczer, Chair of WaterAid international, welcomed the new member country, saying: "We are delighted that WaterCan is bringing its 25 years of experience and expertise to our global federation. WaterCan and WaterAid share a common set of values, vision and approach to working with the world’s poorest communities. We both passionately believe that safe drinking water and sanitation are the basics of life and critical to breaking the cycle of poverty. By joining forces we believe we can have a bigger impact, ensuring everyone, everywhere has access to clean water and sanitation by 2030." John Connolly, WaterCan Chair, added: "We are extremely pleased to join the WaterAid family. This strategic alliance will enable WaterCan to magnify the scope and impact of our work, helping the world's poorest communities gain access to safe water and basic sanitation. Together with the other WaterAid member countries, we will have the global critical mass and scale needed to address effectively one of the world's most pressing health and development challenges." WaterCan is a leading Canadian charity dedicated to fighting global poverty by helping the world's poorest people gain access to clean drinking water, basic sanitation and hygiene education. Working in partnership with local partner organizations in Africa, WaterCan supports small-scale community-driven projects that dramatically improve the quality of life in rural areas and urban slums. WaterCan remains a wholly Canadian registered charity with the same volunteer Board of Directors and staff team. WaterCan is legally independent of both WaterAid international and other member countries of the global federation. There will be a period of transition before WaterCan becomes formally known as WaterAid Canada. Over the coming months, WaterCan will work closely with other WaterAid member countries to bring together operations in East Africa. WaterCan looks forward to expanding its public education programmes to engage more Canadians and decision-makers on global water and sanitation issues, and extending its efforts to assist more vulnerable communities elsewhere in the developing world.