Every child has the right to a safe and healthy learning environment
— UNICEF

The Challenge

Health

Every year children lose 272 million school days due to diarrhea, a leading cause of mortality and morbidity that is commonly water-related. It is estimated that 40% of diarrheal cases are attributable to transmission in schools rather than homes. In Uganda, most schools rely on piped or borehole water which is not safe and this undermines student health and education.

Poverty 

Many schools that treat their water use firewood stoves to bring water to a boil. The time and fuel cost of boiling sufficient water for the entire school population is significant, leading schools to not treat sufficient amounts of water.

Environment

Ugandan schools can consume as much as 38 tonnes of firewood per year just to boil water for their students. With over 20,000 schools in the country and one of the world’s fastest growing populations, alternative water treatment solutions are urgently needed, not only to address demand but to help protect Uganda’s already threatened forests.


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The Solution...

Despite significant advances in water access globally, most water is not reliably safe for human consumption and this is a fact that Ugandan schools know all too well. With fast-growing student populations, schools need reliable and affordable ways to make their water safe at the point-of-consumption. Enter Impact Water. 

Impact Water sells, installs and maintains environmentally-friendly water purification systems to schools on low cost, multi-year credit terms. This helps schools to avoid burning firewood for boiling water and therefore offsets CO2 emissions while reducing medical costs for the families by avoiding waterborne diseases. Improved student health enables students, and their teachers, to better focus on their education and their futures.

And because Impact Water is technology neutral, it can offer a combination of products to schools to choose from which best meet their needs while ensuring adequate microbiological drinking water standards.


Meet our Uganda Team 

MARK TURGESEN ACTING GM Mark leads Impact Water - Uganda country office and comes to us with extensive international experience in the private and social sector. Over the last five years he has resided in Uganda consulting for a broad range of clients such as UNICEF, USAID, Green Bio Energy and Clinton Health Access Initiative. Mark is the co-founder of Friends-International, an award-winning social enterprise providing holistic services to marginalized children, youth and their caretakers. He is an ADDY award recipient for his work with FHI 360. Mark holds an M.Sc in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University, a BA in Marketing and Graphic Design from California State University, San Bernardino and an AA in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Seattle.

MARK TURGESEN

ACTING GM

Mark leads Impact Water - Uganda country office and comes to us with extensive international experience in the private and social sector. Over the last five years he has resided in Uganda consulting for a broad range of clients such as UNICEF, USAID, Green Bio Energy and Clinton Health Access Initiative. Mark is the co-founder of Friends-International, an award-winning social enterprise providing holistic services to marginalized children, youth and their caretakers. He is an ADDY award recipient for his work with FHI 360. Mark holds an M.Sc in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University, a BA in Marketing and Graphic Design from California State University, San Bernardino and an AA in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Seattle.

DIANA KONGA SENIOR MANAGER,  Customer Care Services Diana manages operations, client accounts and customer in schools and health facilities, along with managing financing options for clients through Kiva.org. Prior to joining Impact Water, Diana worked in the Public-Private Partnerships department of Cardno Emerging Markets on a USAID funded health project. Diana holds a B.A. in Economics from Makerere University and an Executive MBA from Eastern & Southern African Management Institute.

DIANA KONGA

SENIOR MANAGER, 
Customer Care Services

Diana manages operations, client accounts and customer in schools and health facilities, along with managing financing options for clients through Kiva.org. Prior to joining Impact Water, Diana worked in the Public-Private Partnerships department of Cardno Emerging Markets on a USAID funded health project. Diana holds a B.A. in Economics from Makerere University and an Executive MBA from Eastern & Southern African Management Institute.

MOREEN AKANKUNDA MANAGER, Installlation, repairs and maintenance Moreen manages client accounts and customer service in schools and health facilities that have purchased safe water technologies. She also performs program and carbon monitoring & evaluation. Prior to Impact Water, Moreen worked at CIRCODU as a qualitative researcher on Translating Research into Action, a USAID funded project in which she was responsible for kitchen performance testing, monitoring & evaluation, and marketing. She has also worked with Nkozi University as an Information Manager providing technical expertise on capacity building and as a volunteer with the UNDP-Millennium Villages Project as a Program Assistant aiming to reduce cross-generational sex and HIV/AIDs. Moreen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Development 

MOREEN AKANKUNDA

MANAGER,
Installlation, repairs and maintenance

Moreen manages client accounts and customer service in schools and health facilities that have purchased safe water technologies. She also performs program and carbon monitoring & evaluation. Prior to Impact Water, Moreen worked at CIRCODU as a qualitative researcher on Translating Research into Action, a USAID funded project in which she was responsible for kitchen performance testing, monitoring & evaluation, and marketing. She has also worked with Nkozi University as an Information Manager providing technical expertise on capacity building and as a volunteer with the UNDP-Millennium Villages Project as a Program Assistant aiming to reduce cross-generational sex and HIV/AIDs. Moreen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Development