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e-Hackathon en agua, saneamiento e higiene en asentamientos informales de América Latina y el Caribe

El Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), junto a cewas y Young Water Solutions, invita a jóvenes innovadores latinoamericanos/as a participar de este e-Hackathon para generar emprendimientos que contribuyan a la solución de problemas de agua, saneamiento e higiene en asentamientos informales en América Latina y el Caribe. Este evento de dos días de duración (11 y 12 de septiembre de 2020) tiene como objetivo motivar a los jóvenes emprendedores de América Latina y el Caribe a generar con sus equipos ideas innovadoras en agua, saneamiento e higiene. Los grupos ganadores recibirán como premio su participación en la Edición Latinoamericana del Programa Young Water Fellowship 2021, que...

COVID-19 Crowdfunding campaign

Covid-19 and the lockdown measures have had a terrible impact on youth-led water and sanitation social businesses. We are supporting four of our Young Water Fellows as they restart operations with a new focus on tackling the spread of Covid-19. Your donation will enable Nuha, Jennifer, Saidi and Christopher to keep working during this difficult time and provide essential services to vulnerable communities with limited support in the battle against Covid-19 in four different countries. With €6,600 these entrepreneurs can benefit over 4000 people with handwashing & hygiene kits and protective wear in Indonesia, Colombia, Burundi and Uganda. See the campaign & Donate here We can...

YWF Côte d’Ivoire 2020 (FR)

Young Water Solutions et Incub'Ivoir sont ravis d'annoncer l'appel à candidatures pour le Young Water Fellowship Côte d'Ivoire 2020. Cette première édition nationale du YWF offre à 10 jeunes entrepreneur·e·s ivoirien·ne·s un programme d’accompagnement d'un an qui comprend du financement, deux semaines de formation et un programme de mentorat. Ces jeunes leaders acquerront les moyens de mener des initiatives dans leurs communautés et de créer des entreprises sociales qui s’attaquent aux différentes problématiques de l’eau, telles que : • Accès à l’eau potable • Accès aux services d’assainissement et d’hygiène • Limitation du taux d’infections du COVID-19 • ...

Update about YWF 2020 editions

As we mark three years since we launched the first edition of the Young Water Fellowship programme, we are excited to announce a new strategy for the Fellowship that will help increase the scale and impact of our programme. From Global to Local While the first three editions of the YWF were global in scale with just a few entrepreneurs from each continent being selected for each edition, we will now focus on implementing the YWF at regional and national levels over the coming years. These national and regional editions will not only create instant networks of young social entrepreneurs operating within a common context but,...

Fellow Jacob Amengor from Ghana inaugurates water kiosk

2018 Young Water Fellow Jacob Amengor (Ghana) has recently completed and inaugurated the solar-powered water kiosk in Abutia Amesianyakope that he built as his pilot project for the Young Water Fellowship 2018 Global edition. Jacob is co founder of Givers Care Foundation and its iWASH Africa initiative, whose mission is to construct community-run integrated water and sanitation facilities in rural  communities.  His pilot project was funded by the Global Water Partnership through Young Water Solutions, and benefits 750 residents of Abutia Amesianyakope with its 10,000-litres/day borehole. Jacob is looking for new partnerships to mechanize the water kiosk (through a water ATM) and build new...

KA Zottegem visits our projects in Uganda

Students from partner school Koninklijk Atheneum Zottegem (Belgium), visited in February some of our projects in Uganda. Guided by our YWF East Africa coordinator Sheila Ruyondo, they visited the rain harvesting systems that KA Zottegem funded in two primary schools and a Health Centre in Hakibale in 2017. They also visited our 2019 Global Young Water Fellow Everlyne Nabakka and her Eco Sanitary business office in Mukono, where she is piloting her biodegradable pads made from banana stems, to improve access to menstrual hygiene, thanks to the support provided by Vivaqua. ...

Fellow Nuha from Indonesia completed her pilot project

Nuha Anfaresi, a 20-years old 2018 Young Water Fellow from Indonesia, is the founder of Aikite, social business that produces biosand filters for communities in the island of Bangka, where water is polluted with heavy metals. She recently completed her pilot project supported by Aquafin, that consisted in installing and testing a community filter in Labuh Village that filters 40,000 litres a day for about 50 community members. Well done Nuha, you inspire us all! ...

Prospective trips for future editions in West Africa

We are thrilled to announce that in 2020 we will be implementing our first Young Water Fellowship national editions in Senegal and Ivory Coast, with the financial support of the Swiss Embassy for Development and Cooperation, Enabel and Besix Foundation. We recently visited with our team these countries, where we organised prospective meetings with young entrepreneurs and key public and private stakeholders. Young Senegalese and Ivorian entrepreneurs, keep your eyes open for the next calls for application! ...

YWF East Africa Pitching Night in Kampala

As culmination of the YWF East Africa start-up training in Uganda, YWS and TuriKumwe organised the Pitching Night, event held at SS Hotel Kampala on Saturday 23/11. Its main goal was to provide a platform to the 10 Young Water Fellows, for them to present in 2-3 minutes their business idea, followed by a networking and walking dinner. The 80 honourable guests who attended the event included water and environment experts, donors, social entrepreneurs and development partners implementing WASH/IWRM initiatives. Hon. Sylvia Rwabwogo, District Woman Representative for Kabarole District at Parliament of Uganda gave the opening remarks, publicly committing to support the YWF programme in future editions.The closing remarks were given...

YWF 2019 East Africa start-up training in Uganda

In November (13th to 24th 2019) the 10 selected Young Water Fellows participated in a 10-days start-up training in Kampala, part of the Young Water Fellowship East Africa, delivered in partnership with cewas and Turi Kumwe Uganda. The start-up training was the first stage of the one-year support programme, and enabled the Young Water Fellows to develop social business models that focused on solving a water, sanitation, hygiene or IWRM issue in their communities, while doing it from a gender and BoP (Base of the Pyramid) approach.  It included sessions such as Market Demand Analysis; Business Model Canvas; Customer Orientation; Value Proposition Design; Revenue Models, Operations planning, and water and gender, among others. According to the feedback survey completed by participants, 100% of their expectations...