This is the latest in a series of posts highlighting people around the world who embody the ideals of the Clean and Conserve Education Program: making the world a safer and healthier place through water conservation and hygiene education. WaterStars will receive printed copies of each book as well as enamel WaterStar pins to recognize their work. Anyone who has used the Clean and Conserve materials is eligible for consideration to be a WaterStar award winner. Submit your story to learn more.
Thanks to Clean and Conserve, Jamice Obianyo has hundreds of new “nieces and nephews” around the world. And thanks to WaterStar Jamice Obianyo, all of those kids—plus hundreds of thousands of other children and adults—have been able to learn about water conservation and hygiene through the Clean and Conserve program.
The director of community relations for the Ecolab Foundation in St. Paul, Minn. (USA), Jamice has led Clean and Conserve from the Ecolab side since the program launched in December 2014 through a partnership between the Project WET Foundation and Ecolab. Her leadership and enthusiasm are helping propel Clean and Conserve toward the program’s ultimate goal: to empower two million people worldwide to conserve water and make the world a healthier place.
We talked to Jamice about why she took the leadership role within the program, what she has learned, and why she loves working with all her new “nieces and nephews”:
Project WET Foundation (PWF): What is your background at Ecolab, and how would you describe your role there today?
Jamice Obianyo (JO): For the past 18 years, I’ve worked in multiple job functions from RD&E, Marketing, Finance, Sales, and Community Relations leading teams whose primary purpose is to delight customers, develop innovative technologies and initiate continuous improvement for optimum efficiencies. My role today is all about creating greater global impact on philanthropic initiatives through grantmaking and strategic alliances.
PWF: Why did you want to be involved in implementing the partnership between Project WET and Ecolab?
JO: My life passion is to help women, seniors, and children thrive! When I was asked to lead our Project WET global program for Ecolab, I immediately said YES! The global partnership between Ecolab and Project WET is a gateway to transform the lives of children all around the world through activity-based learning about water conservation and personal hygiene. Working with our internal teams globally to launch the Clean and Conserve program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. Together, our goal is to empower two million people worldwide to conserve water and make the world a healthier place.
PWF: What have been your most memorable experiences working on the Clean and Conserve program?
China to Mexico to Nigeria to USA – I’ve seen beautiful children who are so excited to learn about how to protect Mother Earth and practicing healthy hygiene habits to protect themselves. I also love the fact that I now have hundreds of new “nieces and nephews” all around the world!JO: The most memorable experience has been seeing the “twinkle” in the eyes of children when they grasp the concept of our key learnings within our Clean and Conserve Education Materials. From
PWF: Why is educating people—especially young people—about water conservation and hygiene important to you personally?
JO: At Ecolab, we are in the business of protecting what is vital: clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments. I am proud to work for a global company who partners with customers and communities to make the world a better place. To be successful, we must teach our children and we must nurture them to be the good stewards of the environment knowing they will lead the way.
I love my job and this partnership feeds my soul knowing together we are making a difference for future generations!! I consider it an honor and privilege that I will treasure forever.
Jamice was featured recently as a "Minnesotan To Meet" by WCCO:
The Clean and Conserve Education Program, developed through the partnership between the Project WET Foundation and Ecolab, includes lessons, activities and other learning resources for children and youth ages three through 18, as well as educators. Visit the Clean and Conserve page to learn more. Originally published in English, Clean and Conserve materials are available in Chinese, Spanish for Mexico, French for Canada and Portuguese for Brazil (French and Portuguese materials are available for download from the English-language page). German-language materials will be available soon.
Joseph Dabuo of Ghana (June 23, 2016)
Ashley Satterfield of the USA (July 20, 2016)
Supriya Khound of India (October 25, 2016)