Meet our Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting
Members of our Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting group are all professional journalists who are passionate about rainwater harvesting, and who research, write and publish articles to help us raise awareness of this vital resource.
Marianne de Nazareth, India
Marianne de Nazareth is a senior journalist and till recently handled the Edit and Op-Ed pages of The Deccan Herald newspaper in Bangalore, India. Today she freelances for a host of publications including the Hindu, The Deccan Chronicle, Deccan Herald, several magazines including Discover India and India Immemorial, Planet Earth, Energy Next, International Indian, Inflight magazines and of late several online portals like islamonline, hackwriters.com, Weekendleader.net, Asiabiz.org, scidev.net, AlertNet, Down to earth, weekendleader.org, among others.
From 2006 to 2008 she did a Masters in journalism (Erasmus Mundus Masters in Journalism) funded by the EU to upgrade her journalism skills, and presently she is a PhD scholar with the University of Madurai. She is a media fellow with the UNFCCC, UNEP and Robert Bosch Stiftung, ITF and ICIMOD, and attends their conferences when invited.
She also teach budding journalists a Masters course in St. Joseph’s College Mass Communications Dept. as adjunct faculty, so her skills will be passed down to young journalists as well.
Saleem Shaikh, Pakistan
Saleem Shaikh is a development/climate change journalist from Pakistan and work for Thomson Reuters Foundation’s AlertNet Climate news site and Science and Development news Network. Both the globally well-acclaimed and the most credible news organizations are based in London.
He has been working on their assignments on development aid, humanitarian affairs, environmental degradation, climate change, disaster mitigation, floods and international aid issues.
Previously, he worked for Pakistan’s top media organizations Daily DAWN, DawnNews TV and daily The News as a reporter and senior sub-editor from 2003 to 2009.
Hope Mafaranga, Uganda
Hope Mafaranga is science journalist based in Uganda. She currently works with The New Vision, Uganda’s Leading Daily, and has been in the media for the past 10 years.
“I am so passionate to write about environment, health, climate change, agricultural, water, hygiene and sanitation. What keeps me going and growing strong is the urge and responsibility of speaking for the voiceless and information the community on issues that affect them.”
Anitra Accetturo, USA
Anitra Accetturo is the Water Conservation Program Coordinator for the City of Bellingham in Washington State. Her job duties include several aspects of water conservation: planning, policy, program development, data management, and education and outreach for the city’s water customers.
“I am passionate about rainwater harvesting and the positive impact it creates locally, nationally, and internationally. I believe rainwater harvesting is a vehicle to protection and efficient use of valuable water resources, sustainable communities, and social empowerment and equity.”
Stella Njunwa, Tanzania
Stella Njunwa is currently a feature writing and sub-editor with The Guardian newspaper, one of the major English dailies in Tanzania. She has worked as a journalist since graduating from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
“I am interested in writing about rainwater harvesting because I have seen a lot of rainwater in my country get wasted while farmers get small yields after a hard labour due to poor rains. We also have been experiencing power problems for a very long time and the solution doesn’t seem to be anywhere near. We use hydro power here and every time there isn’t enough rain or when the hydro-power water source gets dry, that’s when we start experiencing power shedding.
“By becoming a rain water harvesting journalist, I will be able to find out why we don’t harvest rain water for the two mentioned reasons, agriculture and power as well as sensitise people to harvest rainwater as individuals or groups depending on their choice.”