Molly working in Kenya during her placement year

Molly - Geography

Molly, who studied BSc(Hons) Geographytravelled to Kenya in the summer of 2015 as part of the UWE-Africa Water Security Programme, and conducted research in collaboration with Kenya Rainwater Association (KRA). Her final year project, an investigation into the ability of rainwater harvesting to reduce water scarcity for rural residence in Baringo, Kikuyu and Kamango in Kenya, revealed rainwater harvesting was often failing to produce water of a safe drinking quality.

In many cases, participants were untrained in how to maintain the technology. A spokesman for KRA said: “[Molly’s] work…was a wake-up call for us…we were shocked that water we had thought was good was higher in coliform than we anticipated. It was a big learning experience for us.”

As well as helping to identify issues that will lead to a safer water supply, Molly’s work earned her the 2016 IWSN-UWE Student Prize, presented at Bristol cathedral in July 2016.

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