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A young African girl is in the news for bringing great innovation, such as a solar water purifier, to improve the welfare of her community.

The young girl, identified as Mwangala Maunga, hails from Lusaka, Zambia, and currently attends Roma Girls Secondary School. She’s also a child rights advocate.

When she was only 12 years old, she invented a solar water purifier to provide clean water for dwellers in both rural and urban areas.

The prevalence of waterborne diseases in her country inspired the young girl to find a lasting solution which led her to put materials together to build her water purifier.

Selected Awards And Recognition

In 2018, Mwangala received an award for being the best inventor in the Science and Technology category at the DStv Africa MultiChoice – Cartoon Network Powerpuff Girls’ Awards.

She earned another accolade in 2019, becoming the youngest recipient of the Brenda Muntemba Award as an (Emerging Young African Leader) at the PUSH WOMEN AWARDS.


That’s not all; in August 2020, she was the youngest and only Zambian speaker at the Virtual International Youth Day featuring the Youngest Deputy Minister of Information and Technology in Namibia, Hon. Emma Theofelus, and other Directors from the African Union (AU)& UNICEF.

She was awarded an SDG badge of honour, courage, and bravery and worked in the fight against cyberbullying by the UNDP Country Resident Representative in December 2020. In December 2021, she was named the Youngest STEM Change Maker at the Genius Education Zambia Awards.


To continue her advocacy roles and empower the female child, she pioneered an organisation called Girl Power Platform in 2021.

Now 16 years of age, Mwangala Maunga remains passionate about Science and Technology and continues to seek avenues to ensure the girl child is not disadvantaged.



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