Jan 4, 2021

Project Report

School children having a drink of clean water
School children having a drink of clean water

Dear donors,

Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year!

Every quarter we share an impact update, you have helped us create via the Fathers & Kids Camping impact project that brings sustainable safe water access to three schools in neighbouring communities of Mutwamaki, Ulutya and Kavwea in Machakos County, rural Kenya.

As you are aware, the safe water in the communities is flowing since June and the kiosks have officially been handed over to the communities as of September 2020. Opening the taps in the midst of the global pandemic has been a challenging experience for the entire Project Maji team. Nevertheless, we navigated these curveballs and many more to ensure the three communities have safe water access.

What is new? E-payment systems

The three solar-powered water kiosks now feature an e-payment system that securely collects water payments. Payments are made through pre-paid RFID tokens, topped up by cash or mobile money. The nominal water payments that make up this revenue stream, are set through community consultation and consensus to ensure patronage. Users tap their tokens at the e-pay reader and out pours clean and safe water. The water payments are channelized to a dedicated bank account, accessible for maintenance and repairs to safeguard the long-term viability of safe water supply. The E-payment system solves the waterpoint maintenance crisis and ensures communities have 24-hour access to water at the touch of a tap. It also significantly cuts down queueing and water collection times, accelerating access to water, and positively contributing to the profitability and sustainability of the kiosks in the long-run.

What is next?

Sadly, John Otieno, our project manager in Kenya is one of the victims of the Corona virus and we wish him a speedy recovery. In our next update we will share the outcomes of the post impact survey we are conducting in each of the communities. This will provide real insights in the social benefits of providing safe water, quantifying how it has transformed lives.

Thank you for your extraordinary commitment to provide sustainable access to safe water in Mutwamaki, Kavwea and Ulutya in Machakos County, Kenya. Project Maji, but more importantly, the communities are very grateful for your support.

Community woman taps the e-payment token for water
Community woman taps the e-payment token for water
School girl during WASH training
School girl during WASH training
School children wait for the taps to open
School children wait for the taps to open
Class in progress
Class in progress
Nov 16, 2020

Maji Buckets making big splash

Maji Bucket - foot-operated handwashing station
Maji Bucket - foot-operated handwashing station

This is an update on the COVID-19 Handwashing with Soap Training Project, currently being rolled out across rural Ghana. We have some exciting news, because thanks to your support, we are accelerating access to handwashing facilities in Ghana – providing a front-line defense against the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. 

To date, your support has helped us reach 12 communities, more than 2,000 household heads, and 10,000 individuals with handwashing essentials and training. Now, a new chapter is about to start. We took this campaign to the next level by joining the #Sweat4Soap movement, raising awareness around hand hygiene under a week-long activation. Every 100 km logged by runners around the globe was matched by one Maji Bucket donated to a community in need, and for every kilometre, one bar of soap will be distributed.  

#Sweat4Soap success
#Sweat4Soap has been an amazing success and put the project you support in the spotlight once more. The target was to reach 15,000 km, which equates to 150 Maji Buckets, but we were floored with the traction it gained. Ultimately, we reached 68,831 km and thanks to our generous partner Aqua for All, we mobilised the budget to produce 450 handwashing stations. We can now reach more remote communities who are currently vulnerable to a number of diseases, including COVID19, due to a lack of the most basic medicine in the world … soap and water. 

The Maji Bucket
In response to the unfolding pandemic, our team of passionate engineers developed a tool to combat the spread of the virus; the Maji Bucket. It is a low-tech innovation, designed to be assembled locally and affordably. The foot-operated bucket eliminates the need to touch potentially infected taps with newly cleaned hands and serves as a transformative tool in virus prevention. 

Talent has no boundaries
The Maji Buckets are proudly produced by the Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations (GFD), with whom we have signed an MoU. GFD is a national umbrella organisation that works with the vision to ensure inclusive employment, and Project Maji wants to contribute to this mission. Our technical team provides a step by step training on the production of the bucket, creating local inclusive employment opportunities.

Roll-out to reach 75,000 people
We are currently planning the distribution campaign where every community will receive between 5 to 10 Maji Buckets, depending on the size of the village. We expect to reach approximately 75,000 people by installing the handwashing stations, as well as providing community awareness training. The Project Maji handwashing training is essentially focussed on teaching key steps to proper handwashing. The 30-minute training is designed in line with a participatory approach whereby our trainers employ colourful visual aids and encourage questions and comments to keep the participants engaged. Participants are also encouraged to volunteer step by step demonstrations of handwashing by the end of each session. 

Our work has to go on 
Even though the African continent has been applauded for recording far fewer infections in comparison to the Americas, Europe, and Asia, a resurgence is expected in the coming months. Experts warn that the continent may not be in the clear even as it sidestepped the worst of the pandemic’s first wave. At the time of publication, the continent was nearing 2 million cases, with 46,900 deaths. 

Ghana in particular, fears a second wave and is triggered by intensified political campaigning, ahead of the upcoming elections. According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), a second surge in cases in the West African country could be more devastating if people failed to adhere to the safety protocols. This coincides with Project Maji scaling up our intervention, providing the most marginalised with the first line of defense: handwashing with soap. 

 We thank you for your continued support and you can accelerate your impact by donating a Maji Bucket as well: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/water-for-hand-washing/

Maji Bucket in action
Maji Bucket in action
Assembly with special needs workforce: You Can!
Assembly with special needs workforce: You Can!
Assembly - Special needs workforce: Yes you can!
Assembly - Special needs workforce: Yes you can!
Handwashing training with soap
Handwashing training with soap
Handwashing with soap
Handwashing with soap

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Sep 21, 2020

Project Report

Maji Kiosk in Kojo Ashong Community, Ghana
Maji Kiosk in Kojo Ashong Community, Ghana

Dear Maji Changemaker,

 

This is an update on Project Maji’s “Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana” Project on GlobalGiving. Ghana, our home country, is where we launched our operations in 2015 with a single solar-powered kiosk. We have made remarkable progress since then. We are thrilled to inform you that your support has enabled us to cross the 50-site benchmark in the West-African country. This brings our total to 62 sites across Ghana and Kenya, our focus countries.

 

Project Maji’s Impact in Ghana

  • Installed 51 solar-powered water kiosks in rural Ghana
  • Pumped more than 56 million litres of safe water
  • Served 45,000 Ghanaian people

Click here to view an interactive map of our 51 sites in Ghana

 

Handwashing and Soap Distribution Campaign

Due to our strong presence in the country and established rapport across a large network of communities, our Ghanaian sites have also been the centre of our handwashing campaign. In the early days of the outbreak, country-wide lockdown, social distancing restrictions and the safety of our teams made it increasingly difficult for us to deliver the trainings. Yet, recognizing the urgency of the situation, we continued working behind the scenes. Actively fundraising online and rallying support for the cause, we managed to create valuable partnerships to raise our impact. As soon as the lockdown eased across Ghana, we mobilized our teams on the ground to deliver practical handwashing training along with bars of soap.

Till date, your support has helped us reach 12 communities, more than 2,000 household heads and 10,000 individuals with handwashing essentials and training. Moreover, we are not standing still. We are actively fundraising online and leveraging our network offline, to help us reach more communities with the trainings.

Please take a minute to read about the progress we have made in Ghana through our COVID-19 response.

 

Thank you for your support

We, at Project Maji, are grateful for your extraordinary support for this project. More Importantly, the communities are very grateful not only for ensuring sustainable access to safe water but also supporting our handwashing drive to prevent a potential outbreak. Thank you for your initiative in unlocking a better future for them, shielding them from COVID-19 and truly transforming lives. We will keep you posted about future progress.

Sedorm Community, teenage girl draws water
Sedorm Community, teenage girl draws water
Otuoplem Community, Ghana
Otuoplem Community, Ghana
Handwashing and soap distribution drive
Handwashing and soap distribution drive
 
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