About Us

Aqua Exchange is a non-profit organisation bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in rural Sierra Leone.

We believe that access to clean water changes everything. Improving health, education, and opportunity - especially for women and children.

Our innovative UV technology disinfects empty water bottles, which are then filled with clean water and distributed to remote villages across Sierra Leone.

Getting involved has never been easier! Simply drop off your empty water bottles at one of our many locations across Freetown and help transform the lives of the local community.


Sierra Leone is marked by the poorest standards of living. It has the seventh lowest life expectancy and one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. Seventy percent of the population lives below the poverty line

Sierra Leoneans collect most of their drinking water from polluted sources. Pollutants and poor sanitation are attributed to some of the health problems in the country. Sierra Leone is one of the toughest countries to survive in. The average life expectancy for a Sierra Leonean is only 56 years. One of the lowest in the world, much of this statistic can be blamed on poor living conditions

Almost half of the population is not using a protected water source for drinking. Most of the unsafe drinking sources are free standing water, such as ponds, and unprotected wells. Infections and parasites, most found in contaminated water, lead to the largest cause of death in Sierra Leone

Poor sanitation generates high risk of hepatitis A and Typhoid fever. Stillwater breeds malaria-carrying mosquitoes that plague the region with one of the most common deadly infections contracted in the area. Overall, health and standard of living are poor

Hence, At Aqua Echange, we purify our water and sterilize our bottles using UV Technology. UV Technology or Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) is a disinfection method that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) light to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions.

UVGI devices can produce strong enough UV-C light in circulating air or water systems to make them inhospitable environments to microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, molds and other pathogens. The application of UVGI to disinfection has been an accepted practice since the mid-20th century


In 2004, Esi served as a photojournalist for Mercy Ships in Liberia, West Africa, where she learned the life-threatening effects of contaminated water. Upon moving back to her home in London in 2006, she founded Aqua Exchange, and she's ready to do anything to bring clean drinking water to every person in the world.

Halimah spent the last 15 years at the Red Cross, bringing medicine, medical supplies and healthcare to people in crisis around the world. Halimah joined Aqua Exchange to lead our programs, run day-to-day operations, and help us maximize our efficiency and impact worldwide.

Having led program initiatives for large-scale international and institutional humanitarian aid organisations, Zeella is equipped with an extensive technical background. She’s gained promising insight into the value of utilising technology to combat global crisis.

Contact Us

10 Cornmarket Street


United Kingdom


+44 (0) 7880 23784


By Zeella, Esi and Halimah