Scholarships Desperately Needed

While Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania is all set to start their first program in their MSc in Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management, the program may be stalled due to a lack of scholarships for students.  There is an abundance of students registered for the program, but without scholarships they are unable to register for the classes.  If the minimum number of students (five) have not registered by the end of October, the program will be cancelled for this year.  Each student requires a scholarship of $5,000US for each of two years.  Donors will receive an immediate receipt, which is tax-deductible in Canada. Please donate here if you are able.

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First Set of Boxes Delivered!

We are very happy to announce that the first set of boxes (containing books) sent from Calgary, Canada have arrived in Morogoro, Tanzania! See the image below for a visual summary of the journey the boxes took to reach their destination. A big thanks again to the volunteers (left) who took park in the Camel Caravan! – our method of identifying books/equipment from places of donation and finding volunteers to transport them to the African Universities taking part in our program. Learn more on our Camel Caravan page.


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First Boxes Sent!

IMG_6484Our first bunch of books are currently on their way to Tanzania!  This very exciting as it is another milestone for our organization – now we can say that we actually do this and not just intend to do this.  We should know in about 4 days whether they arrived in Tanzania.

This is the generous group of volunteers from Hope for the Nation who are escorting the four boxes of reference books to Tanzania.

For the record…. 4 boxes consisting of 60 books in total (34 used and 26 new) will have travelled 20,500 km…. Calgary to Edmonton to Los Angeles to Qatar to Arusha (Tz) to Morogoro (Tz).

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2015 Annual Report

uniwatered_annualreport2015cover_smallWe are pleased to share our newly released professionally designed annual report for 2015 which includes a message from the director, the year in review, 2015 achievements, financial updates and looking forward – 2016 and beyond.

UniWater Education’s 2015 Annual Report (PDF)

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A 3 minute pitch…

UniWater presented a 3 minute pitch to a group of 9 panelists at the SNEF Lion’s Den Finals….unfortunately, we did not make the top 3 but we certainly came away from the experience with many excellent ideas. Check out our presentation!

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An Avoidable Crisis – International Water Association, 2014

According to the IWA in a research study conducted in 2012 – 2014, funded by the governments of USA, UK and Australia,

“Many developing economies are lacking significant numbers of water professionals, and the necessary knowledge, experience and specialist skills to meet the rising demand for water and sanitation services.  Low levels of access to and inadequate coverage of tertiary education institutes is a significant bottleneck to meeting human resources demands; female professionals are underrepresented, particularly in technical fields; operation and maintenance of water and sanitation systems are chronically neglected, with human resources inadequately allocated; education and skills development requirements have not been appropriately assessed; and the dependence on communities, volunteers and semi-skilled workers in rural areas is not sustainable.”

Rough estimates indicate that in 2015, 60,000 technical professionals are in need in Africa. While working diligently to address these issues by working with existing universities in Sub-Sahara Africa, we anticipate we will only be able to scratch the surface of the need.  What is required is a paradigm shift in how education is addressed in the region.

The entire paper can be viewed here:

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UniWater Addresses the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals were rolled out last September with Goal 6:  “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”  directly pertaining to our work.  It includes these targets:

6.1  By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.

6.4  By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity.

6.a  By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programs, including water harvesting, desalinization,  water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

6.b  Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management.

In addition, there are also the cross-cutting themes that are influenced by what we do, namely:

1.1  eradicate extreme poverty

2.3  small-scale food producers

9.1  infrastructure

9.a  sustainable and resilient infrastructure

13.1  resilience and adaptive capacity

17.1  domestic resource mobilization

17.9  capacity-building

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Michael Frind joins our team!

Michael Frind, groundwater modeller, has agreed to join the UniWater team of volunteers. Michael will be leading our Camel Caravan Team, who are responsible for the redistribution of reference textbooks around the globe. The books will go from the bookshelves of the many professionals (who don’t use them) in the developed world to the departmental libraries in the universities where UniWater is starting MSc programs in Africa. Our intent is to have volunteers in different cities who will pick up the books, store them, catalogue the books into a cloud-based database, and pack them up as needed. The delivery part of the camel caravan is the diaspora in our country who travel to Africa to visit family. UniWater will pay any extra baggage charges associated with this endeavour, and will do what it takes to ensure the books are transported in an effortless manner by the person travelling. Please contact Michael if you wish to help with this initiative.

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An article by New Scoop on UniWater’s work!

Solving water issues in Africa through education.

water-storyAccording to the Water Project, 290 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are drinking contaminated water. That’s almost a third of the local population that doesn’t have access to safe, clean water and Laurra Olmsted wants to change all that.

Through her non-profit Uniwater Education, Laurra provides local universities the knowledge of water resource management through an innovative Master’s program in Hydrogeology.

Pitching her idea at the Social Innovation Challenge in October, she made it to the final round with her revolutionary project. Read more …

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Gave a ‘pitch’ to Social Innovators

At the Soul of the Next Economy Forum in September, our team presented a ‘pitch’ to the Lion’s Den. There were 5 panelists and UniWater made the top 12 presenters. This was a 90 second pitch – a difficult task!

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