One girl's dream

#LiveLikeAlex Water Walks are dedicated to Alex Foto, a passionate World Vision Youth Ambassador and bright light that was taken from our world on August 7th, 2014. Alex was a devoted advocate, creative leader, dear friend, beloved daughter, and champion of the poor. In every aspect of her life, Alex inspired all those around her to believe that a better world is possible and that together, we can make a difference.

She had a dream to raise awareness and funds for clean water projects by challenging Canadian to come together carrying jerry cans and walk in solidarity with the millions of women and children who spend countless hours collecting water every day.

In Alex's own words from her Youth Ambassador application, of why she is passionate about justice and helping others:

"The question of why do I do what I do is often one I get, but seldom have an answer for. I do it because this is what I feel I am meant to do. I truly believe I was put on the Earth to do, so I do it."


A few highlights from Alex's journey with World Vision:

  • Going into her second year of University at Waterloo University, studying International Development
  • Led 6 consecutive 30 Hour Famine events
  • World Vision Brand Ambassador
  • Participated in World Vision Leadership Trip to the Dominican Republic
  • Leadership on the National Famine Team
  • Hosted Girl Rising screening
  • Participated in World Vision's North American Regional Forum
  • Launched University of Waterloo World Vision Club
  • Youth Ambassador Program Graduate
  • Received Ontario Volunteer Award 2014
  • Participated in World Vision Cup advocating event in Brazil
  • Speaker at numerous events such as: Count Me In Conference and Today's Teens
  • Participant of the open space retreat which created the youth engagement strategy for World Vision Canada.
  • World Vision Heroes for Children award recipient

Her dream for a nationwide water walk inspired us and so many others, and in 2015 we made that dream a reality raising over $80,000 towards life changing World Vision water projects