I struggled with starting yet another non profit that addresses the water crisis. And the question I asked myself was why should I do it? Numerous water organizations abound but so do the water challenges. I realised it is not about starting something rather ending something-the water crisis. This is my purpose.

How do I know this you may ask? Simply because I was equipped for it to a T.

When you see fundraising campaigns or water documentaries, they always feature a girl or woman-most often a girl – who is walking a very long distance in search of water. Often, in an arid area of a developing country and at the expense of her education or future. Having been born in a developing country and lived there for the better part of my life, I can simply say, that girl is me. This is my story.


My story

Sadly, I have watched numerous international NGOs use children as photo opportunities to raise funds for lavish lifestyles while implementing unsustainable water solutions in developing countries. Conversely, I have also experienced those that are transparent and implement water solutions as stated.


I too have carried more than 120 litres of water on my back in a day. This constituted six trips (1.5 km to and from) laden with 20 litres of water in a yellow jerry can. When the drought would persist, this scenario would recur for several days in a week. On weekdays, I had to fetch water for two hours after school before settling down and doing my homework. Luckily, I had a mother who valued education. Two decades later, it is unsurprising that my Masters thesis was: solar water pumps. This motivated me to do something about it-water crisis.

If I don’t, who will?

Having walked the water walk, I want to solve the water crisis from the bottom up.


Vice Chancellor's Impact Award

Ingenuity19’s most competitive prize: Sustainable Water awarded for demonstrating the most innovation, financial viability, and global potential.

Sainsbury's Management Fellows Award

This prize is in support of engineering students from the University of Nottingham who have innovative engineering solutions

Sustainable Water awarded for demonstrating the most potential.

Santander Enterprise Awards

Brenda Dean Ingenuity Scholarship

Awarded to women who have started their own companies, at the University of Nottingham.

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