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June 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Saving Lives in Sub-Saharan Africa through Water Innovation

Join us for a conversation with Nigerian hydrologist and climate activist Ichor Joshua Keghnen, who at age 12 contracted typhoid fever, a water borne disease that nearly killed him and ultimately shaped the trajectory of his life. Learn about his quest to improve water access and quality for underserved communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

At just 23 years of age, Joshua has been recognized with international awards and fellowships. He’s presented his water innovations at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, was chosen as one of 25 finalists for the first cohort of the Young Climate Prize in 2023, is a Because Accelerator alumni, a Swarovski Foundation Creative, a 776 Climate Fellow, and a scholar of the British Council. Joshua is committed to driving positive change at the nexus of water, climate, and technology. With a background in earth sciences, he has developed innovative technologies that are revolutionizing water infrastructure and management.

His Geotek technology monitors water quality and checks for needed maintenance of wells in rural areas of Nigeria. With hardware sensors installed at water sources, the system can provide needed alerts when there is a mechanical fault, allowing for quick intervention to prevent water contamination and other health risks—even in areas without internet connectivity. Joshua is also actively involved in advocacy and capacity-building efforts, inspiring youth and collaborating internationally to drive progress in water and climate resilience.

This program is in partnership with Because International, an Idaho-based nonprofit whose mission is to alleviate poverty by distributing impact products and supporting product-focused entrepreneurs. Jeanne Liston, director of donor relations at Because, will facilitate the conversation with Joshua and Andrew Kroes, president of Because International.


June 25
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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415 Spruce Ave
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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