GradImpact: Providing Clean Drinking Water and an Education to Rural Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Prosper Zongo, a recent master’s degree recipient in political science and international relations from the University of South Dakota, came to the U.S. from Burkina Faso on a Fulbright scholarship. Zongo established the Prosper Zongo Foundation an accredited non-profit organization on February 24, 2017, with the aim of providing clean drinking water to rural communities and accessible education to every child in Sub-Saharan Africa.

     

    Providing cleaner water to poor, rural communities has been a dream of Prosper’s since childhood, when he remembers his mother walking several miles each day in order to provide the family with clean drinking water. The lack of access affects the health and well-being of people who live in these rural areas, because the consumption of unclean water increases the probability of waterborne diseases. The scarcity of clean water also impacts the ability of local children to go to school. They often dropout to help their parents search for new potable water sources.

     

    The Foundation has built two wells in Burkina Faso and has plans to build more. Zongo intends to work for a year or two before returning to school to earn a doctorate in political science with a focus on the African continent. To learn more about Prosper’s research, visit the University of South Dakota website.

     

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    Photo Credit: University of South Dakota

     

     

     

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