While in high school at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, Karishma Bhagani founded Matone de Chiwit to provide water purifiers to places in need of clean water.
The water purifier received first prize overall in the Golden Climate International Science Fair Competition in 2014 and was the recipient of a $1000 seed grant from the Reynolds Changemaker Challenge at New York University in 2015.
Her story is an excellent example of the power of global action projects. This blog is part of our ongoing series by young adults who participated in Global Citizens Initiative’s Summer Youth Summit.
The Power of Global Action Projects: One Student’s Journey
By guest blogger Karishma Bhagani on March 11, 2016 12:18 PM
In my home country, Kenya, 17 million people do not have access to clean drinking water.
This leads to many health problems, and I was particularly inspired to tackle this problem due to the fluctuating weather problems; half the country was drought-stricken, and the other half had a rampant increase in water-borne diseases due to flooding.
So, while I was attending the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, I created a cost-effective water purifier made from traditional elements, such as sand, gravel, charcoal, cotton cloth, and moringa oleifera, which is a local plant known for its natural antioxidants and its drought-resistant properties.
On average, the purification unit can purify 5 liters of water in 30 minutes and costs less than $20 to create.
Read the complete story at Education Week | The Power of Global Action Projects: One Student’s Journey
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