James Walker, an IWSN scholarship recipient who is studying for an MSc in Environmental Management at UWE, Bristol, is running the London Marathon (23 April) to raise funds for Wells For India. He has already completed the Bath Half Marathon as part of his training.
James said: “It will be my first ever marathon and I’ve been training hard for it. I’m really excited about taking part, and even more excited to raise some money for Wells For India.”
Wells For India works with the people of India to expand the sustainable and efficient provision of safe and secure water, improving the lives and the environment of the poorest rural communities. IWSN researcher Dr Mark Everard – Associate Professor of Ecosystem Services at UWE – is an ambassador for Wells For India.
James graduated in 2013 with a First in Law, and went on to work in banking and finance. During this time, he did a lot of travelling and volunteering in developing countries, including with a reforestation and rainwater harvesting project in Tamil Nadu, India. For his MSc dissertation, he will investigate how women’s access to sanitation can be improved in Uganda and India, through an evaluation of ‘urine-tricity’.
You can make a donation to James’ fundraising effort here.