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Please tell us how leadership training would help you to make an even greater impact on the social innovation field.
This training will equip me with advanced skills of introducing new technologies to the market. I expect to gain knowledge of managing and expanding these sanitation technologies to other parts of the country.
The training will instill in me a deeper understanding of how to influence behavior and change, assess project progress and success, and manage the process of identifying new young innovators / entrepreneurs to work with.
I will also learn from the experience of Ashoka fellows and possibly network with some of them who are solving the same problem as I do. All these skills will be useful when creating impact on the social innovation field.
Please enclose a short personal biography.
I was born in 1989 at Naguru Go-Down Kampala district but attended primary studies at Mukongoro Rock, Kumi district. I served as a time keeper, head monitor, discipline prefect. In 2002 to 2007, I attended high school at Kololo Secondary School. I served in many leadership positions and in May 2007, I was selected to go to Øvrebyen Videregående Skole, Norway to discuss how to incorporate ‘Entrepreneurship Education’ into Secondary Academic Curriculum.
I enrolled for BSc. Agricultural Engineering at Makerere University in August 2008. I was a president for Makerere University Agricultural and BioSystems Engineering Association (MUABESA). During this time (2011/12), we rejuvenated the association by ensuring regular and timely communication, accountability as well as involving all students in key decision making. I helped MUABESA to develop a database for all Alumni containing names, contact details, place of work and a year of graduation. This has kept the department in close contact with Alumni and some have helped to give career guidance to going students. Being a program with the least number of students, it was also hard to win any university elections but during my time in office, I managed to unite the students to work together and we eventually succeeded in getting two University hall speakers, President for College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (www.caes.mak.ac.ug) and President for School of Food Technology, Nutrition and BioEngineering. Similar achievements were also realized when I served as a General Secretary for Teso Students’ Development Association (TESDA). I have created networking groups on social media to keep students and alumni in close contact, and sometimes it is the best way to pass out information.
I have developed sanitation technologies that tackle most pressing issues in the community i.e., full pits and this has made me to interact with many people during design and implementation. Some of my work has made me appear on national media like television and newspapers (http://www.monitor.co.ug/Business/Prosper/Engineers-earn-by-investing-in...). Furthermore, I have interacted with some organisations like World Vision Uganda, UMANDE trust and Practical Action in Kenya that provide sanitation services to communities and they bought the desludging pump. I’m among the twelve young engineers shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation http://www.raeng.org.uk/news/news-releases/2014/october/meet-twelve-of-t.... I have attended and made presentations on sanitation technologies like in the recent Faecal Sludge Management 3 (FSM3) Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam http://www.fsm3.org/program-at-a-glance/, Menstrual Hygiene Management, Resource Recovery and Safe Reuse at Forest Cottages Kampala (November 2014), Unicef WASH workshop at Makerere University Art Gallery (November 2014), Civil Society Organisation Conference at Hotel Africana Kampala (Celebrating
East African Citizenship, June 2014), Unclogging the Blockages in Sanitation at Serena Hotel Kampala (March 2014).
I was inspired to do this research by challenges people particularly in slums faced when their pits got full. I saw a need to development of a better desludging pump that goes deeper, cleaner, minimizes contact of Sludge with operator, and requires less energy to operate with high flow rate and can be used in informal settlements. I grew up in Naguru slums and people were challenged with faecal sludge management.
I’m working so hard to see a community where no one dies or suffers from faecal sludge related disease by providing quality sanitation services at low cost.