Cushing Inspiration Award to Harvard's SPOUTS of Water
Developers of sustainable solution for potable water earn Cushing's inspiration Award.
On November 30, Cushing welcomed Suvai Gunasekaran and Esther Chung, two creators of SPOUTS (Sustainable Point-Of-Use Treatment and Storage) of Water, a finalist in the Harvard University President’s Challenge. In addition to sharing their story, the two representatives received a Cushing Inspiration Award during an all-school assembly.
Composed entirely of Harvard undergraduates, the SPOUTS of Water team was one of four winners for their proposal to build a local ceramic filter factory for the purpose of sustainably providing clean water access to indigenous populations in Uganda. Supported by the Harvard Innovation Lab, the Challenge drew over 170 applications in the university-wide competition that encourages students to develop entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s social problems, in the areas of clean air, clean water, education, global health and personal health.
Partnering with Kumi University in Uganda, SPOUTS of Water, through trails, fundraising, testing and engineering, successfully built it first ceramic water filter factory in Kumi. Students involved in this now ongoing project devote semesters or summers to living in Kumi, bettering the methods, materials, and machines used in the filter process. Plans for the near future include local craftsmen building additional factories, and ultimately having the entire operation run by the Kumi community.
Following the all-school assembly, the group enjoyed lunch with the Cushing Scholars. For more information visit www.spoutsofwater.org.
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