This just in from Shen Maglinte, our Project Contact in Dlumay. We will add photos/videos as they come in, and the more detailed report Shen references as it becomes available:
Hello, apologies for late reply. Yes, meantime am happy to report the MicroHydro Plant and multigrade corn mill has been finally commissioned and inaugurated last August 11 in Dlumay attended by more than a hundred people. Finally, we were able to strike clarifications with the LGUs and concerned agencies and the project was completed lighting up the streets the plaza and running the multigrade mill at 10kW capacity after all those issues of militarization and intrigues sowed on the project. I am preparing a detailed report on this just came down last August 14 from the project site. ...
Dear friends, colleagues and supporters,
It's been 6 months since I left with my family to work in the Philippines with Green Empowerment to scale up our renewable energy and water projects in rural villages. We are now in the final round of evaluations for a $1.5 million proposal that would provide 22,000 people in 50 villages access to clean drinking water-- using an ingenious ram pump technology that requires no fuel input! But the main donor - the US Agency for International Development (USAID) requires a private sector donor to cover part of the material costs.
Will you please approach your company to help sponsor a water tank? We need 1 - 50 water tanks at only $660 each.
In villages, it is the responsibility of women and children to fetch water 2-3 times a day, walking up to a kilometer or more carrying 40lb buckets. This prevents them from going to school and is literally-- back breaking work. Our program will install ram pumps, storage tanks, and provide a communal tap. Our in-country NGO partner is the BBC World Challenge winner AIDFI, who has installed 170 ram pumps throughout the Philippines and other countries.I need to submit the final proposal by July 15.
Here is an overview of the different sponsorship amounts:
The proposal targets 50 ram pump installations total over the next 3 years.
I'd be happy to speak with others at your company if they are interested and need more information, Dexter.Gauntlett@greenempowerment.org. Please help us make this exciting program a reality.
A parts list, and plans:
Uses only inexpensive and standard components:
1. Small trailer axle ball bearing (really barrel). The stress of rolling this machine would be no threat for these bearings, as they are intended to carry a much heavier load.2. Standard steel tubing and flange.3. A bicycle wheel acts as a 28 inch low cost pulley.4. Wooden lateral wings to make a Venturi flow control.
Designer will complete the first prototype in their shop, and then travel to Columbia to help for the initial installation, fine tuning, and tech training-- TBD.
A team of engineers from our in-country partner APROTEC will work with the community to install the equipment and do follow up tests and monitoring for at least 1 year.