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Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas Partners with Local Non-Profit Organisation Paper for Water this Holiday Season

Organisation founded by two young sisters is providing clean water, one origami ornament at a time
November 12, 2018,
Dallas, U.S.A.

This holiday season, Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas proudly partners with local non-profit organisation Paper for Water to display two 12-foot (3.7 metre) Christmas trees in the hotel lobby beautifully decorated with hand-folded origami ornaments.  The two trees are on display from November 22, 2018 to January 2, 2019, and are for sale to donors for USD 25,000 each to be used for the 2019 holiday season.  The lucky donors will take home the trees and ornaments, and enjoy a private origami lesson with the Paper for Water founders, in addition to funding a clean water project.  In addition to viewing the two Paper for Water Christmas trees in the hotel lobby, guests and locals may also purchase origami ornaments in the Lobby Boutique, with 100 percent of the purchase price going back to Paper for Water.  Founders Isabelle and Katherine Adams will host an origami folding event on December 1, 2018, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon in the hotel lobby so guests may contribute their own origami to the tree decorations.  The event is complimentary and open to the public.  Holiday refreshments and snacks will be provided.  

Paper for Water Organisation

For some girls, going to school isn’t an option.  Spending days hauling clean water to and from villages makes for busy days with no time for education.  When Isabelle (age 15) and Katherine (age 12) Adams learned of this and that a child dies every 15 seconds from unclean water, the mission was clear – help fund clean water.  The Adams sisters started making origami Christmas ornaments and exchanging them for donations to raise money for water wells.  The project grew into the non-profit organisation Paper for Water and in six years, Isabelle and Kathrine have raised more than USD 1,500,000 and helped fund more than 170 water projects in Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Nigeria, Mexico, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Uganda, Peru, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, Zambia, India and a Navajo Indian Reservation in Smith Lake, New Mexico.

The girls went on to travel the world, visiting many of the well sites and meeting hundreds of people benefiting from clean water that Paper for Water has helped provide.  Paper for Water was featured as a Fantasy Gift in the Neiman Marcus illustrious Christmas Book, selling a USD 50,000 tree to a donor.  The Adams sisters have also won many awards for the work they have accomplished including the 2018 National Retail Federation Dreamer’s award and the 2018 International Youth in Philanthropy award from the International Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Most recently, the sisters completed a massive art installation in May of 4,000 origami butterflies above the skating rink at Galleria Dallas, which was seen by millions of visitors in person and online.

Isabelle and Kathrine continue to share the message of helping to make a permanent change in the life of those who are thirsty.  Their efforts have been featured in People magazine, Dallas Morning News, CBS 11 News, MarthaStewart.com, NBC 5 News and others.

“The team at Four Seasons Dallas is extremely humbled and excited to host the wonderful Paper for Water organisation for the impressive work they have accomplished and continue to do in order to provide clean water to orphanages and villages in need,” said Dirk Burghartz, Regional Vice President and General Manager at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.  “Please join us this holiday season to help spread the word about the amazing impact these young girls are having on so many lives.”