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Colby College Oak Fellow Venuste Kubwimana

March 27, 2020

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Water activist Venuste Kubwimana founded “A Water Kiosk at School”, a start-up which has transformed communities and engaged schools in rural Kenya and Rwanda by improving access to clean water. Kubwimana was born and brought up in a rural and poor family of seven siblings in the Southern province of Rwanda. After losing much of his family during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, he was left to care for his younger siblings and often had to miss school to fetch water from distant clean water sources.

Kubwimana’s experience inspired him to partner with a friend to form International Transformation Foundation (ITF) – a nonprofit organization that provides youth leadership and entrepreneurship programs to develop jobs and contribute to the development of Rwandan and Kenyan communities. In 2013, Venuste turned his focus to improving water access in the region. He partnered his organization with Join the Pipe Foundation, launching “A Water Kiosk at School”, a project that involves installing specially designed Dutch tap stations near playgrounds, city centers, parks, schools and bus stations in Kenya in order for people to have access to clean drinking water. To date, the program’s 11 Water Kiosks across Kenya and Rwanda have given 117,858 people access to clean drinking water.

You can see a video about him at http://www.colby.edu/oakinstitute/

  • Lunch options for $12: roast beef sandwich, chicken pesto, and vegetarian with a vegan option, served with soup and a cookie.
  • Lunch will be available at 11:30; the talk starts at noon.

To register, email the Global Forum or call 689-8462 by Thursday, March 26, mid-day. As always you are welcome to bring your own lunch or not eat, but registering helps us to plan seating.


March 27, 2020


Mid-Maine Global Forum
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