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Saving Lives in Sub-Saharan Africa through Water Innovation

Saving Lives in Sub-Saharan Africa through Water Innovation In-Person

Join us for a conversation with Nigerian hydrologist and climate activist Ichor Joshua Keghnen, who at age 12 contracted typhoid fever, a water borne disease that nearly killed him and ultimately shaped the trajectory of his life. Learn about his quest to improve water access and quality for underserved communities in sub-Saharan Africa. 

At just 23 years of age, Joshua has been recognized with international awards and fellowships. He’s presented his water innovations at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, was chosen as one of 25 finalists for the first cohort of the Young Climate Prize in 2023, is a Because Accelerator alumni, a Swarovski Foundation Creative, a 776 Climate Fellow, and a scholar of the British Council. Joshua is committed to driving positive change at the nexus of water, climate, and technology.  With a background in earth sciences, he has developed innovative technologies that are revolutionizing water infrastructure and management.

His Geotek technology monitors water quality and checks for needed maintenance of wells in rural areas of Nigeria. With hardware sensors installed at water sources, the system can provide needed alerts when there is a mechanical fault, allowing for quick intervention to prevent water contamination and other health risks—even in areas without internet connectivity. Joshua is also actively involved in advocacy and capacity-building efforts, inspiring youth and collaborating internationally to drive progress in water and climate resilience.

This program is in partnership with Because International, an Idaho-based nonprofit whose mission is to alleviate poverty by distributing impact products and supporting product-focused entrepreneurs. 

Jeanne Liston, director of donor relations at Because, will facilitate the conversation with Joshua and Andrew Kroes, president of Because International.

The program will be livestreamed and available to view later. Click here to watch online.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Time Zone:
Mountain Time - US & Canada (change)
John A. and Carole O. Moran Lecture Hall
The Community Library
  Lectures & Conversations  

Registration is required. There are 61 seats available.

More on Because International: In 2007, Idahoan Kenton Lee was inspired to create a growing shoe while working with children at an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Today, more than 400,000 pairs of The Shoe That Grows have been distributed to kids in 100+ countries who need them. Children who don't have access to shoes are left vulnerable to soil-transmitted diseases and parasites, and oftentimes aren't able to attend school. Products like The Shoe That Grows are powerful in meeting immediate needs, but the creation of jobs helps empower communities and provides long-term solutions. And so, building on what they learned from developing The Shoe That Grows, the Because Accelerator was created. This 16-week business accelerator program is designed to help entrepreneurs worldwide take their innovative products to the next level. Joshua is a Spring 2021 alumnus of the program.

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