Sep 30, 2013

Successful Presentation by WSAFA at UNESCO

Abbey Wemimo

Shortly before the opening of UN General Assembly’s 68th Session on Sept. 17, UNESCO contacted the Wagner Student Alliance for Africa (WSAFA) with an exciting offer: Submit a proposal to deliver a presentation at a special gathering of First Ladies of Africa during the United Nations session.

WSAFA submitted a proposal to discuss Clean Water for Everyone, an organization founded by Wagner first-year student and WSAFA vice president Wemimo Sampson Abbey. To the thrill of everyone involved, the submission was approved.

Abbey’s UN presentation to the First Ladies of Africa highlighted the “fully solvable” problem of little and limited access to clean water in many developing countries.

After offering the First Ladies a succinct definition of the problem, Abbey (as he likes to be called) sketched a brief history of the Clean Water for Everyone organization, of which he is CEO. He spoke about its methodology of relying on “water agents” in local communities, and spoke to its success in providing access to clean water for over 25,000 people in four countries so far.

He detailed “our audacious future plans to provide access to clean water for millions in schools around the world.”

The presentation seemed to strike a chord in the attentive listeners.

“I hope I effectively convinced the First Ladies that the new generation of African youth are not just talking about the problems in Africa, but we are contributing our humble quota to impact lives in Africa and around the world,” Abbey said, summing up the experience.

“It’s my fifth week at Wagner but I am loving it already,” he added.

To read the presentation, please see:

Abbey Wemimo UN Presentation


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