Solving water issues in Africa through education.
According 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 …
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!
On behalf of Meta Meta, Dr Frank van Steenburgen and Mr. Matthijs Kool agreed to openly collaborate with UniWater on the sharing of training modules in the specialty of Spate Irrigation and Water for Roads. These two areas are expected to improve the use of flood irrigation in the dryland areas of the Horn of Africa in the years to come. This is a valuable resource for UniWater in the capture and use/reuse of surface water. Meta Meta is a private company with a social objective to share information related to water resources, based in the Netherlands.
UniWater has forged a new collaborative relationship with ASAL Consultants Ltd in Nairobi, Kenya. ASAL has been operational in Kenya for 41 years, working on low-cost water supply in the Arid and Semi-arid Lands of Africa. MetaMeta and ASAL won an international tender on ‘Roads for Water’ recently and have just completed their first workshop on this subject in Mekele, Ethiopia. They have a number of handbooks available on their website for the public that are incredibly useful. Please see http://www.waterforaridland.com/publications.html
When Tony Cowen and Terry Dash of the PFRA discovered that their technical library was to be dismantled, they thankfully thought of UniWater. Several boxes of texts and PFRA published documents (in paper form and on USB cards) have been donated for use in African geology departments hosting the UniWater program. Many thanks!
A huge thank you is extended to PPI Solutions who made UniWater their chosen charity this year at their annual education event for financial planners. This year’s event was held at the Delta Hotel in Kananaskis Country in the Canadian Rockies. Each year PPI selects a charity to which all registration fees are donated. This event raised more than $20,000 for UniWater. Every penny is appreciated!
Many thanks go out to Y. Gan of GeoTomo Software in Malasyia who have donated two software keys to UniWater for their Professional Resistivity Imaging tool. That’s fantastic! We will be able to produce many terrific practicals and lectures using this.
UniWater aknowledges the contribution made by Imperial Oil Foundation on behalf of their employee, Jessica Dillabough. Jessica is a member of the Board of Directors and brings her experience in the area of sustainable energy development to our organization. The grant of $1,000 is greatly appreciated.
When asked for a quote for some field equipment, Frank Magdich of Oak Environmental in Calgary, Canada responded by offering to donate a piece of equipment. When asked what we could use, I suggested a water level meter that could be used in Africa. I explained that even though a ‘plonker’ (an inverted cup on the end of a rope) would most likely be the instrument used in developing countries, having a scientifically-based accurate instrument to demonstrate proper techniques and equipment to budding hydrogeologists in the MSc programs would be a great added-value bonus. Frank not only donated the water level meter, but a case load of nitrile gloves! Thanks very much Oak!