WASH

100 Water Heroes: Benjamin Smith

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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist

Benjamin Smith is Project Manager of the UNICEF WASH facility in Za’atari, a refugee camp with a population of almost 80 000 people. In addition to being a WASH specialist, Benjamin holds a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and has professional experience in the fields of water and wastewater engineering, construction and project management.

Benjamin’s involvement in the Za’atari camp sees him work with both clients and contractors, leading teams in the conception and development waste and wastewater projects.

UNICEF’s support of refugee camps in Jordan has involved the provision of well-rounded WASH services, and reaches more than 100 000 refugees throughout the ares. In Za’atari refugee camp specifically, UNICEF has developed a range of WASH initiatives “to reduce cost, sustain services, and mitigate the environmental impact of the interventions.” For instance, they have drilled boreholes to lessen public reliance on external tankering, and have also built a number of mobile waste-water treatment units. WASH committees have also been put together, made up largely of Syrian refugees who “assume the responsibility for the operation and maintenance of communal WASH blocks, thereby reducing monitoring and maintenance costs.”

Benjamin is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his leadership of UNICEF’s impactful WASH initiatives in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/benjamin-smith-573ab010

100 Water Heroes: Shama Karkal

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CEO of Swasti Health Catalyst

Shama Karkal is the CEO of Swasti Health Catalyst, a health resource centre that seeks to “transform the lives of the marginalised communities by ensuring their access to quality healthcare.” Their core focus is on improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) standards in 29 countries throughout the world. In India alone, they serve 14 states and 2 union territories.

Shama has worked in public health sector for over 12 years, with experience ranging from developmental disabilities, to maternal and child health. Prior to working with Swasti, Shama obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, specialising in Social Action and Community Development.

Shama moved on to work on public health in both the USA and India, and led the highly successful Avahan India AIDS Initiative.

At Swasti, Shama takes charge of their responses to various public health concerns throughout India, and handles international communication between the government, private sector, academia and non-profit partners. In addition to her work at Swasti, Shama is also a Steering Committee Member at the Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health, and a Trustee of the Catalyst Foundation.

Shama is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her commitment to bettering the public health sector, particularly through WASH initiatives

Twitter: @ShamaKarkal

Linkedin: in.linkedin.com/in/shamakarkal

100 Water Heroes: Rose Wamalwa

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Founder and Program Director of Women in Water and Natural Resources Conservation

Rose Wamalwa is the founder and Program Director of Women in Water and Natural Resources Conservation (WWNAC), whose objectives are “to improve social and economic advancement of women and girl children in western Kenya by increasing access to education, health and nutrition including WASH health services with integrations of cross cutting themes like HIV and AIDS, GBV and Climate Change Adaptations”

Prior to launching WWANC, Rose was chosen to be part of the Global Women’s Water Initiative Fellows, a program that looks to train women as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilitators and trainers. It was through this experience that Rose was inspired to found WWNRC, a group that would “train grassroots women in Kenya.”

Rose’s work with WWANC centres around writing grant proposals, serving as a trainer and facilitator for women and youth groups, as well as managing the Global Women Water Initiative (GWWI) WASH programs in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. In her work with GWWI, Rose seeks to provide communities - women and children in particular - with “quality water and sanitation services, environmental conservation awareness, social entrepreneurship, and leadership to communities.”

Rose is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her work with WWANC, and her dedication to advancing WASH initiatives in Eastern Africa.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/rose-wamalwa-a5ba3b22

WWANC Website: http://wwanckenya.org/

100 Water Heroes: Saran Kaba Jones

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Founder and CEO of FACE Africa

Saran Kaba Jones is the Founder and CEO of FACE Africa, “a community development organization working to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa.” With particular focus on assisting those in rural Liberia, FACE Africa has raised over $500,000 for WASH initiatives, benefitting more than 25,000 Liberian people.

In their role as a community development organization, FACE Africa seeks to raise awareness surrounding WASH issues, “through advocacy, grassroots awareness campaigns, policy development and community engagement.”

Prior to her work with FACE Africa, Saran worked on the Singapore Economic Development Board and Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. Saran is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and, in 2016, was named in TIME Magazine’s Next Generation Leader. Saran has also been noted by Guardian UK as one of Africa's 25 Top Women Achievers, and her water-related work with FACE Africa has garnered widespread international media attention.

Saran is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her work with FACE Africa, and her commitment to bettering the standards of water, sanitation and hygiene in sub-Saharan Africa.

Saran Twitter: @sarankjones

FACE Africa Twitter: @faceafrica

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/sarankjones

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