By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus - KIU’s Public Administration graduate, Abel Odeke, finally received the Common Wealth Points of Lights Award he won in 2020 from the British High Commission yesterday March 10, 2022.
Odeke was awarded alongside Sandra Nabuule for his amazing work in rehabilitating teenage mothers, helping communities access water and sanitation and keeping girls in school through menstrual health management.
The founder of Equal Aqua Foundation - a charitable organization aimed at helping rural and deprived urban communities receive equal access to water, sanitation and health services - could not hide his excitement.
"I am extremely happy to be receiving this award and finally getting this certificate. I feel like I'm on cloud 9 for this surely shows that my efforts are appreciated," Odeke remarked.
He admitted that the Points of Light Award will boost his morale to more than he has been doing.
"I feel so energised to do more and more, help as many communities as possible. I want to thank all my people at Equal Aqua for the wonderful job they are doing, I am really happy," he admitted.
Abel Odeke, together with a group of volunteers from Uganda and the United Kingdom formed Equal Aqual in 2020, a year after graduating with a Bachelor of Public Administration from Uganda's leading private university, KIU.
After coming across first-hand, the challenges with water that people in Uganda face every day, they were inspired to start an international, yet fundamentally grassroots organisation, that could make a real difference.