The Challenge

More than 700 million people around the world lack access to water, an essential resource for survival. Rising temperatures, drought, climate change, deforestation, mining and oil extraction, toxic pollution, and destructive dam projects all threaten the lives of communities worldwide by contaminating local water sources or threatening the actual existence of water, a vital resource. Women and children are the most vulnerable.

Our Strategy

Since 2007, thanks to the Aveda network and guests, over $14 million has been raised for grassroots groups worldwide working to protect clean water and the communities at risk.

Every April, during Earth Month, Aveda donates 100% of the purchase price of the limited-edition light the way candles to Global Greengrants Fund. Together we’ve helped 1,137,428 people in 88 countries.

How You Can Help

  1. Buy a Light the Way candle: With just $14 you can help communities worldwide protect access to clean water, improving their health and protecting their ways of life.
     $14 can:
    – Provide a year’s supply of drinking water for a person living in Madagascar.
    – Provide one day of training for two women in water conservation methods for sustainable agriculture in Brazil.
    – Support 100 community residents to oppose a mega-dam on the Mekong River that threatens their homeland in Thailand.
  2. Add your name: Support the community of Grassy Narrows First Nation in their efforts to encourage the Canadian government to honor their commitment to clean up 10 tonnes of spilled mercury that impacts their health and wellbeing.
  3. Watch and learn more about the partnership between Global Greengrants Fund and the people we support:
    – Learn about the people fighting for justice in Grassy Narrows, Ontario
    – Meet the women of Gomba, Uganda providing their community with clean water
    – Find out how Greengrants and Aveda have partnered to help people around the world get access to clean water each Earth Month

Projects We Support

Our Impact


watersheds such as lakes, wetlands, and rivers protected


lives impacted by water-related projects


women engaged in working towards clean water for their communities