The British Council has launched the fourth year of a prestigious award celebrating the outstanding achievements of the UK’s international alumni around the world. For the first time, the Alumni Awards are open to all alumni living outside of the UK, finding and celebrating many more success stories of the UK’s alumni.
Mr Dieudonne Kwame Agudah, who completed his Conservation and Resource Management studies within the Department of Biosciences at Swansea University in 2012, has been shortlisted for the ’Global Social Impact Award’ for his project WASHKing, which manufactures, supplies and installs biodigester toilets to low-income households in Ghana.
The WASHKing technology has already made a signifiant social, environmental and economic impact to the health and wellbeing of communities living in urban areas. The toilets are built locally by local artisans using regionally available materials, while the biodegradable powder is made in India. The treatment system reduces pollution by turning effluent into safe water which can be used for agriculture or landscaping and improves health by eradicating sanitation-related diseases.
Dieudonne remembers his time at Swansea University as being “pivotal” to the success of his work. He said: “Before coming to Swansea, I had a good idea about my environmental career approach, but was not really clear about the specific area that it would focus on. But after my course, I knew that I wanted to set up a social enterprise that would address pressing social and environmental challenges for sustainable development. The choice of my course really helped shape my career choice and trajectory.”
As a student at Swansea, Dieudonne was an active member of the Afro Caribbean Society and was involved in organising Multicultural Festivals on campus as well as taking part in careers events. Dr Dan Forman, Dieudonne’s MSc supervisor said:
“Dieudonne was always a hardworking, innovative and forward thinking individual with a clear passion for sustainability. We are exceptionally proud of the work that he has undertaken since graduating from Swansea university and so pleased that this has now been recognised in his nomination for the Global Social Impact award.”
Many congratulations to Dieudonne for his outstanding achievements.
Follow Dieudonne’s work at Facebook @WASHKingGh
WASHKing contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for clean water and sanitation; good health and wellbeing and economic growth.
More about Dieudonne's story can be found at http://www.swansea.ac.uk/science/international/africa/ghana/
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