Please join the Geography, Geology, and Planning Department for a special presentation by Joseph and Hannah Nbida, representing the Knights of Mercy. The Knights of Mercy is an organization building water wells for villages in Cameroon, Africa.
Joseph Nbida received his Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University in research marketing, his master's degree in non-profit and civic leadership at Drury University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Carolina University, North Carolina.
Joseph Nbida writes, "Water is life. Clean water not only improves the health of a community but, as history has taught us, has been a catalyst to economic growth and development. The United States has thousands of nonprofits that make their mission to provide clean water in developing countries. However, for most nonprofits, water wells are built, and the community is no longer a focal point. The result, with that model, is the failure of the water well or abandonment of the well. Knights of Mercy is committed to a mentorship program with communities in Cameroon that goes well beyond just water well placement. We mentor leaders through our outreach program and train a development committee in the community to ensure the water is used to increase agricultural growth, and trade, and commerce. Our theory is that change in developing wolds must start from the bottom, up. We are currently engaged in a research project in Cameroon to develop a blueprint that can be used around the globe to create self-sustainable communities and reduce extreme poverty."