Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

The Gulu Clean Water Initiative

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Claremont McKenna College
  • Byron Cohen

The Gulu Clean Water Initiative

Byron’s project was a community-focused campaign to fight waterborne illnesses in Gulu, Uganda by accessing clean water and adopting healthier hygiene and sanitation practices. Its goals were fourfold: to rehabilitate 10 contaminated or damaged borehole wells; to mobilize and train 10 locally elected water source committees (one per well) in sustainable water resource management; to lead a hygiene and sanitation education and behavior-change campaign; and to conduct an impact study of the work done.

Byron was able to supplement the Projects for Peace grant with an additional $7,600 from Claremont McKenna’s Presidential Changemaker Fund and another $4,000 from private donors. In the field, the project successfully ensured that 5,000 people who did not previously have access to clean water now do. And, as planned, the water source committees were established and targeted hygiene and sanitation educational programs were introduced. To administer and sustain the initiative, Byron and his two local co-founders legally incorporated a community-based nonprofit organization called Water & Health for All (WHA). WHA is in the process of developing a scalable growth model that employs the best practices in the water-hygiene-sanitation field. Back at Claremont McKenna, the impact study is in

Back at Claremont McKenna, the impact study is in process and intended to better inform future work in fighting waterborne diseases. Updates on the initiative can be found at