Conrad N. Hilton Foundation supports world renowned WASH expert at DRI

braimah-jim-water-thbDr. Braimah Apambire and
Dr. Jim Thomas in Ghana.
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The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation donated a generous three year grant of $500,000 to support and help fund Dr. Braimah Apambire’s work as the Senior Assistant to the President for Global Sustainability and Director for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs at the Desert Research Institute. His work will help examine the sustainable use of water resources and build capacity in the developing world. “With the generous grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, I look forward to working with colleagues at DRI and in developing countries to assist with reducing health-related issues and with the design of sustainable WASH programs,” Apambire said. 

Dr. Apambire was born and raised in a rural village in Northern Ghana and knows the value of resources in a critically deprived country. “I grew up in a rural community in Northern Ghana where firsthand, I learned that water scarcity was a prominent concern,” Apambire said. The grant will provide both information and technical capacity to governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in solving water crises in African countries such as Ghana, Mali, and Ethiopia and as far east as India. “Gaps in knowledge, research and human resource capacity impede government and non-governmental organizations’ ability to implement water, sanitation and hygiene programs in developing countries,” Apambire said. “This research is an opportunity to help change that.” 

Dr. Stephen Wells, DRI President, says research of this stature is what gives the institution its credibility as a world leader in the sciences and is thankful to the Hilton Foundation for this generous gift. “We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Braimah Apambire serving through the good graces of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, as the director of this critical and exciting program that will benefit so many needy people around the world.”