Why Donate?

-Helps Africans help themselves without relying foreign aid and technical help
-Support a bold new project aimed at making real change
-Funds urgently needed to bridge gaps to maintain goals of pilot project
-Original pilot plan was for two host universities but demand expanded it to four
-Collaboration between NGO’s and academic institutions leads to real life learning opportunities
-WaterHogs fundraiser is a student-supporting-students initiative
-Administrative costs less than 7%
-Lessons learned will be applied to Canadian aboriginal initiatives related to water

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Partnerships Explored

As the pilot project of our MSc program comes to fruition with the beginning of MSc programs in Tanzania and Nigeria, UniWater is thinking ahead to the scaling up of this project to an endpoint of when it is fully sustainable.  This endpoint would be where African universities offer an applied MSc/PG Diploma program in line with the UniWater program and mentor other new universities who are just beginning to offer the program.

Currently we are looking to explore opportunities with individuals or corporations/NGOs who would lend expertise in getting us to that endpoint.  The potential for this program to make a large impact on how water is developed in the future, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa is huge, given what we currently know about how education in the water sector is delivered.  If you are interested in joining this venture, please contact us.

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Scholarship Donations Needed

In advance of Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania getting final approval to offer the MSc program in Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management, UniWater is conducting a fundraising blitz to secure at least five scholarships for students to attend their first year.  Tuition rates are $1,300/year/student.  This is only a stop-gap measure due to the short time line between when their applications will be accepted and the start of classes (a few short weeks instead of several months that they usually have to apply for traditional scholarships).  Without a guarantee of these scholarships, the university may decide not to offer the program this year.  The university expects to get approval by the end of August from the Tanzanian Commission of Universities.

All donations are tax deductible and can be made using the donation button at the right, or a cheque can be mailed in to our office.

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Bilfinger Water Technologies Donates

Bilfinger Water Technologies of New Brighton, Minnesota has donated 81 copies of the text Groundwater and Wells, enough for every student in our pilot program in Africa to have their very own copy! This book was written by Fletcher Driscoll of Johnson Well Screens in 1986 and it has been considered a ‘must have’ by any practicing hydrogeologist. It is incredibly useful for those working in remote areas. Also, included in the back of each book is a plasticized Field Guide – a tool used for logging borehole information. Thank you Bilfinger for this very generous donation!

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Dr Willy Burgess Confirmed as External Reviewer

Dr Willy Burgess of University College London in the UK has agreed to be the reviewer for the UniWater MSc program in Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management. This review will provide valuable feedback for us, ensuring that our core program meets international standards. Dr Burgess has been involved with teaching hydrogeology at an MSc/PhD level since taking over the directorship of the UCL Hydrogeology for Developing Countries in 1991.

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Professor Hubert Savenije Collaborates

Thanks goes out to Prof Hubert Savenije of TUDelft for giving permission to UniWater to use his on-line hydrology lectures as part of the generic sub-Saharan Africa program. It is ‘giving’ people like him who share our vision of making education accessible to all.

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Camel Caravan is on its Way!

UniWater has just begun our latest venture in global community action! We have a growing number of professional hydrogeologists, hydrologists, geologists or any number of environmental professionals who have text books and equipment gathering dust on their bookshelves. Many times professionals who are retiring would like to clear out their offices yet do not know of a ‘home’ for their beloved books. We have received emails of offers of these resource items, but given the weight of them combined with shipping charges, it has been problematic in determining a way to get these books/equipment to African universities where students could make use of them. Many of the universities that we visited had very few resources in their libraries.

Our initiative is to link up the locations where the books reside with people who are travelling from these locations to the places where they are needed. Indeed, even if we can get books to the nearest city, the cost of ground transportation is considerably less than shipping a box of books internationally.

We welcome all contributions to this project. If you have technical books (particularly relatively recent editions, and especially in the environmental field, hydrogeology or hydrology disciplines) please contact me. Or, if you have plans to travel to Morogoro (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya) or Calabar (Nigeria) in the near future, and are willing to take a box of books, please contact Laurra at uniwatered@gmail.com

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Thanks to Tim Larson

Many thanks go out to Tim Larson of the Illinois State Geological Survey for his contribution in the area of applied geophysics. Tim gave us some material that can be used to demonstrate how software can augment geophysical survey interpretations. He also has helped with some references to African geology.

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Thanks to Mundell and Associates

John Mundell, principal of Mundell and Associates, has provided numerous case studies where geophysics has been used in hydrogeological investigations or environmental investigations. These case studies are very illustrative in the learning of practical applications of geophysics. Thanks John!

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Thanks to Raj Kumar Daw

Raj has been a source of great perspectives on rural water supply and contacts that have access to data related to the use and functionality of pumps in Nigeria and Kenya. Raj consulted to UNICEF for many years. Through his contacts with Danida, we have gain access to data in Kenya. We hope to be able to benefit from his contacts to build collaborative relationships that will provide value to the local people.

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