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Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana

by Project Maji Foundation
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana
William, aged 9, dreams of being a footballer.
William, aged 9, dreams of being a footballer.

The Project Maji team has been hard at work, driving from village to village throughout rural Ghana; visiting some of our most remote communities to hear real-life stories, learning how the gift of clean water has impacted so many.

Today’s story features the children of Abour Junior School, in the Bono East Region of Ghana.

Before Project Maji's intervention, the children at Abour were using the nearby pond for their drinking water, where local livestock would also come to quench their thirst. A turning point for the school was during the summer of 2018, when the children returned from their mid-term break. The teachers noticed that many of the children had high fevers and extended bellies, and knowing the potential risks, they wasted no time in calling in local Community Health Officers. Eleven children were selected for testing, and nine out these eleven were found to be suffering from Typhoid Fever; a deadly bacterial disease which can be spread through contaminated water. One boy of only 7 years of age was in such critical condition that he had to endure surgical intervention. A tragic outcome, particularly for someone so young!

Thankfully, every child that was suffering from Typhoid is now in good health. And it is with thanks to the support of our friends and strategic partners that this remains so. Abour School now has a Project Maji solar-powered water kiosk, giving the children, and the local community, sustainable access to clean, safe water for years to come. Teachers have reported a higher attendance rate and a higher academic record since Project Maji brought safe water access to the school; the children no longer have to miss class and walk long distances to quench their thirst, and they now have a reliable, safe water source to wash their hands every day. Ensuring the health, dignity, and wellbeing of these delightful children enables them to work towards their dreams, and achieve all that they can be.

"Now we have clean water close to our classroom"
"Now we have clean water close to our classroom"
"The water has helped them to focus in class!"
"The water has helped them to focus in class!"
Abour School
Abour School's previous polluted water source.
"Now we can wash out hands when we need to!"
"Now we can wash out hands when we need to!"
Abour School
Abour School's Project Maji water kiosk

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    Imagine walking 20km a day, every day, just to fetch water. 

    This was the reality for communities in Machakos County, Kenya, where Project Maji is working to bring sustainable, clean drinking water to those in need. 
     


    Kenya
    Expanding our footprint geographically, the Project Maji team was in Kenya last month to oversee the kick off of three new sites with our partner, the Water for Life Trust; now serving sustainable, clean water to 8,000 people in Kenya, with many more sites to come! Progressive discussions took place on how we can build upon this momentum to bring much-needed safe water access to communities living in dire conditions.

    In partnership with the Water For Life Trust and Festive Bread, these sites were built in desolate, remote villages in Machakos county, where people walk up to 20km a day to access their nearest water source. This kind of scarcity is unfathomable to most people, yet these populations face the same issues that we see around all the geographies we work. Women losing productive time and kids missing out on school, all because of the time spent collecting water; with journeys so long that there is no choice but to walk in the hours of darkness, putting women and children at great risk.

    Hearing the cries of joy and seeing delight on the faces of these communities as we turn on the our taps for the first time remains an indelible inspiration and motivator for all of us at Project Maji. All the hours of hard work and long travel pale into insignificance when we see the value our water brings to these people so desperately in need.
     



    AIDF Africa Innovator of the Year Awards
    Project Maji was placed in the top 10 out of 130 applicants for ‘AIDF Africa Innovator of the Year Award’ at the AIDF Africa Summit, which engages all relevant aid and development stakeholders within Africa and beyond. The award recognises individuals and teams for their inspiring leadership, forward-thinking, creative problem solving and implementation of innovative programmes that have helped drive African progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

    The AIDF Africa Summit advocates a cross-sector approach through inclusive, effective collaboration and coordination between national and international NGOs, government and UN agencies, Red Cross, donors, investors, development banks and the private sector. Our Kenyan Project Manager, John Otieno, represented Project Maji there.



    Youth Engagement
    As our global footprint expands, so too does our community outreach. With the aim of inspiring today’s youth to become tomorrow’s change makers, youth engagement has become a core focus of Project Maji, in the hope that we encourage our global community to take action against the social injustices we witness around us.
     
     



    Sevenoaks School, UK
    Forty students from Sevenoaks School in the United Kingdom swam the equivalent distance from their school grounds to Ghana (3172.80 miles), in an innovative and action-packed campaign: Get in the water to help provide water! to raise funds for the installation of a Project Maji water kiosk in the community of Ekoso. After the village hand pump broke down two years ago, the community of cocoa farmers were living without a safe water source, and with no choice but to fetch water from a muddy stream more than 5km away. In the blistering sun, carrying heavy loads over such a distance was costing the community valuable time, and more importantly, putting their health at great risk. Thanks to the efforts of the students at Sevenoaks School, the community now fetches sustainable, clean water at their newly installed Project Maji water kiosk, which is central to the community; allowing the children of Ekoso to get to school on time, and women to spend more time attending to their cocoa beans in order to provide an income for their families. 12 Sevenoaks students visited the community for the commissioning ceremony, in partnership with a local charity, Reading Spots, to learn about the critical link between education and safe water access in developing nations. A huge thank you to the students of Sevenoaks School for this inspirational achievement, and for being such active global citizens!  

    Middlesex University, Dubai
    Project Maji took part in the Middlesex University Institute of Sustainable Development Impactathon, where students solved real-world problems, and designed innovative solutions to the question ‘How can organisations solve global development challenges?’. Taking place on the margins of the 2019 World Government Summit in Dubai, teams of 4-5 postgraduate students had a mere 100 minutes to hack their solutions and then five minutes to pitch that solution to a panel of judges. The aim of the event is not only a learning experience for the students but also to give participating social enterprises fresh ideas and the opportunity to implement them to scale their impact.
     




    Cambridge University's Judge Business School, UK
    Our CEO and Founder, Sunil Lalvani, presented to students at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, sharing the story of his journey from businessman to social entrepreneur. As future world leaders and business moguls, students at top institutions such as Cambridge University are poised to become the next generation of world leaders, whereby the choices they make in their professional lives will have the power to create real impact on the global development stage. 
     
     


    Arcadia School, Dubai
    Furthering Project Maji’s community engagement in the UAE, Sunil also spoke at Arcadia Primary School Dubai as part of their entrepreneurial speaker series; teaching children about water consumption practices and the issue of water poverty in developing nations. The children were so receptive to Project Maji’s cause that they brainstormed various fundraising ideas which resulted in hosting a fundraiser sale!


     



    Project Maji Executive Retreat
    As an organisation that is so lean and widely dispersed geographically, building personal relationships and sharing experiences on the ground is vital if we are to work together to achieve our ambitious target of positively impacting 1 million people by 2025. In March, the Project Maji management team came together for our annual Executive Retreat to strategise and solve the foreseen challenges as we push forward over the next 12 months. With over 80 years of cumulative experience, each member of the team brings something different to the table, be it commercial business, solar and water expertise, or execution in the field; his collective experience comes together on a deeper level in our shared passion for this common cause as we look forward to doubling our impact in 2019. With special thanks to our Kenyan Director, Gordon Mumbo (who struck us a very special accommodation deal), we stayed at a beautiful venue in the spectacular Masai Mara, starting our days with 6am safari drives before sitting together to brainstorm ideas.
     
     



    A new team member!
    Last but certainly not least, we wish to welcome Ama Yoborba Wilson to the Project Maji team as our Administrative Assistant in Ghana! Ama attended our World Water Day event in Ghana as a visitor and was inspired to approach us that evening to ask to join our team. 

    Ama has a degree in Management Studies from the University of Cape Coast and has a passion for social work. Prior to joining the Project Maji team, Ama worked at Ghana Water Company Limited and was a member of the Red Cross Society in her youth. With her keen interest for community development as well as her education in business, we are confident that Ama will bring much-added value to our busy team, and we look forward to working with her!   

    Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right. Access to clean, safe water is critical to sustainable development and a prosperous world. We cannot move forward as a global society while so many people are living without safe water. ‘Leaving no one behind’ is the theme for World Water Day 2019, which falls on March 22nd, and Project Maji will be marking the day in Ghana with new site openings, announcing new partnerships, and launching our new website! The team is currently working in Kenya to ensure that we too, leave no one behind; meeting with our partners and beneficiaries, working in the field to ensure we understand and meet the needs of the communities we serve.

     AIDF Africa Summit,

    Project Maji was placed in the top 10 out of 130 applicants for ‘AID Africa Innovator of the Year Award’ at the AIDF Africa Summit, which engages all relevant aid and development stakeholders within Africa and beyond. The award recognises individuals and teams for their inspiring leadership, forward-thinking, creative problem solving and implementation of innovative programmes that have helped drive the African progress towards Sustainable Development Goals. The AIDF Africa Summit advocates for cross-sector approach through inclusive, effective collaboration and coordination between national and international NGOs, government and UN agencies, Red Cross, donors, investors, development banks and the private sector. John Otieno was in attendance to represent Project Maji. 

    Middlesex University - Dubai

    Project Maji took part in the Middlesex University Institute of Sustainable Development Impactathon, where students solved real-world problems, and designed innovative solutions to the question ‘How can organisations solve global development challenges?’. Taking place on the margins of the 2019 World Government Summit in Dubai, teams of 4-5 postgraduate students had a mere 100 minutes to hack their solutions and then five minutes to pitch that solution to a panel of judges. The event aims to give participating social enterprises the opportunity to implement the students’ ideas and scale their impact.

    Sevenoaks School, UK 

    Sevenoaks School UK has sponsored a new Project Maji solar-powered kiosk village of Ekoso, in Eastern Ghana, through an innovative fundraising campaign: Get in the water to help provide water! 40 students swam the equivalent distance to Ghana (3172.80 miles) to raise funds to replace a broken hand pump for this deserving community who are primarily Cocoa farmers. The students will visit the site for the inauguration in Ghana later this month, in partnership with the Ghanian charity Reading Spots, to learn about the critical link between education and safe water access in developing nations.

    Cambridge University Judge Business School, UK

    Our CEO and Founder Sunil Lalvani presented at Cambridge University Judge Business School, talking to students about his journey from businessman to social entrepreneur, as a message of encouragement for students to become active global citizens. As future world leaders and business moguls, students at top institutions such as Cambridge University are poised to become the next generation of change makers, whereby the choices they make in their professional lives will have the power to create real impact on the global development stage. 

    Arcadia School, Dubai 

    Furthering Project Maji’s community engagement in the UAE, Sunil also spoke at Arcadia Primary School, Dubai, as part of their entrepreneurial series; teaching children about water consumption practices and the issue of water poverty in developing nations. The children were so receptive to Project Maji’s message that they wrote thank you letters and designed fundraising ideas, which has resulted in the students hosting a fundraiser sale this week!  

    WASH Training

    When Project Maji provides a solar-powered water kiosk to a rural village, we provide sustainable, clean water for years to come. However, our work doesn’t end there. On the contrary, our work has just begun! Sustainability is at the very heart of our values, and thereby we want to ensure that the communities we serve understand the importance of safe hygiene practices. That is why we work in the field with our local partners to deliver Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) training to our beneficiaries, and thereby prevent against water-borne illnesses. Project Maji recently provided a WASH training to communities in the Volta River region to educate and prevent against the parasitic disease of Schistosomiasis which is prevalent in the local river.   


    As always, we greatly appreciate your ongoing support and encouragement as we ramp up our activities for 2019. Thanks to you, we are well on our way to achieving our goal of sustainably serving 1 million people with clean water by 2025.  Stay tuned for some exciting announcements on World Water Day, March 22nd! 

      

    Arcadia School
    Arcadia School
    Middlesex University- Dubai, Impactathon
    Middlesex University- Dubai, Impactathon
    AIDF, John Otieno
    AIDF, John Otieno
    Cambridge University
    Cambridge University
    Ashoke Accelerator
    Ashoke Accelerator

    2018: Looking back; thinking ahead. 

    2018 was a year of tremendous growth for us at Project Maji; from fundraising campaigns and influencer endorsements, local press features and international partnerships. We expanded the Project Maji team and installed a record breaking 26 new water kiosks in rural communities, impacting the lives of 26,000 people! 

    We could not have achieved such heights without the support of each and every one of you; our donors, partners and patrons. On behalf of the Project Maji Team and communities we serve, I sincerely thank you all for your ongoing support and encouragement. By the end of this year, Project Maji will sustainably operate a total of 50 solar-powered water kiosks, serving more than 50,000 beneficiaries. Our mission to reach one million people by 2025 is now well on its way to being realised. 

    As we approach the new year, we continue to incorporate new technology and innovation into our solution; seeking new partnership deals and expanding into new territories in order to reach vulnerable communities who are otherwise underserved by local governments and left without agency. We hope that you will continue to follow us on this rewarding and inspiring journey, bringing sustainable, clean water to rural populations throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Scaling our Impact   

    Expanding geographically, we deployed a new cluster strategy, whereby we now install sites in three and four cluster communities, enabling us to have a vastly greater impact in the rural populations we serve. Through our comprehensive field work, it was discovered that people were travelling from neighbouring villages to access our Project Maji water kiosks; and so we endeavoured to bring our solution closer to those in need. Many of these sites were installed in the underserved communities of the Western Region, which caught the attention of several news agencies and media channels in Ghana. Numerous government officials were in attendance at the inaugural site openings, where the importance of water supply and sanitation were emphasised as a key agenda of the regional Assemblies, ensuring that economic activities in rural communities thrive. New partners included World Vision, Polytanks Ghana and The Chellaram Foundation, to which we extend our thanks. 

    Executive Committee Retreat

    Our team continued to work diligently over summer, and met in Ghana for the first Project Maji Advisory Committee Retreat, bringing together our team of experts from South Africa, China, Kenya and Dubai, to discuss scaling our products across sub-Saharan and the introduction of new solutions in the water space. 

    World Water Week 

    I personally had the opportunity attend the annual World Water Week conference in September, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). This year’s theme; Water, Ecosystems and Human Development, had nearly 300 sessions of various topics, including networking events, panel discussions, and workshops, to better explore the water challenges facing us today. The event was attended by a wide range of water experts, practitioners, decision-makers, non-profits, business innovators and community stakeholders looking to exchange ideas, inspire new innovation, and create concrete paths for new solutions.

    African Social Investment Accelerator Bootcamp

    Nicole Malick, our Development Director, travelled to Johannesburg to attend the first ever Ashoka Social Investment Accelerator for Africa. After a competitive application process, Project Maji was chosen along with 11 other social enterprises from Kenya, Uganda, Benin, Nigeria and Egypt. In partnership with Nestle and the Swiss Cooperation, the six-month program is aimed at supporting African social entrepreneurs to build fully sustainable ventures. The program is based on the Social Investment Toolkit developed by Mark Cheng, the Ashoka Europe Director, based on several years of experience supporting social entrepreneurs and adapted to the African Context. 

    Ta’Atheer Social Impact Awards

    Project Maji was shortlisted by the Ta’Atheer Social Impact Summit, as one of the best NGOs/NPOs. Led by an expert panel of industry leaders and innovators in Corporate Social Responsibility and the social impact space, the Ta'Atheer Social Impact Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of organizations that have contributed to the development of social impact. The Awards honour organisations embodying the principles of social impact and corporate responsibility in their business philosophy and operations, and are granted to programmes that achieve excellence in terms of positive impact on social and environmental challenges. The Ta'Atheer Social Impact Awards is an independent endorsement of the quality of the Middle East region's socially responsible and active organizations.

    London Business School Impact-athon 

    Project Maji was invited to attend the London Business School in its fourth annual IMPACT-athon, where, in an action-packed 35 hours, more than 50 LBS students and their project managers were teamed with six high-profile social enterprises. Working throughout the night, each group conducted research and benchmarking analyses, developing profitability models and frameworks that social entrepreneurs could use to fine-tune their organisations. In a win-win situation, each student that participated now has real-world consulting experience, while Project Maji may explore their pitched ideas and implement change for the better. 

    ALDO 1 Dirham Charity Initiative  

    In our largest campaign to date, ALDO partnered with Project Maji to roll out a three-month fundraising campaign in the UAE, whereby ALDO customers may donate one-dirham to Project Maji, with the purchase of any ALDO shoe care product. In support of this initiative, many of Dubai’s most prominent and influential personalities joined forces to produce a light hearted, yet eye-opening video, illustrating the purchasing power of a single Dirham. From a single bite of a donut to one coat of nail polish, or even 30 seconds of a workout class; the same one dirham can provide an entire family in Sub-Saharan Africa with access to clean water for one day. The campaign will be run until the end of the year, so get shopping! 

    Give the gift of clean water this festive season! 

    Instead of traditional presents these holidays, why not donate on behalf of a loved one and provide a family in sub-Saharan Africa with the gift of clean water? In the spirit of the season, Project Maji has launched its holiday fundraiser campaign, with the set target to raise 40,000 USD, by New Year’s Day. At an installation cost of only USD 10,000 our sustainable solution provides a person with continuous access to safe water for less than USD 20,00.Project Maji will send an e-card to your loved one, to let them know of your donation on their behalf. Please help us spread the message of sustainable water this season!

    On behalf of myself and the team at Project Maji, we wish you all a happy new year and look forward to your continued support, as we aim to double our impact in 2019. 

    Thank you. 

    Ashoke Acceletator
    Ashoke Acceletator
    World Water Week
    World Water Week
    World Water Week
    World Water Week
    Executive Retreat
    Executive Retreat

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    Dear Friends & Partners,

    Thanks again for your continued interested in Project Maji's commitment to bring potable water to rural communities throughout Ghana. We started the summer off with our Annual Advisory Team meeting in Ghana. Team members traveled from China, South Africa, Kenya, and Dubai for two days to discuss challenges, new products, and processes to streamline our ongoing work as we continue to scale and grow our outreach and impact.

    New Sites Opened 

    Our team in Ghana has been diligently working to install 21 new sites and we have no signs of stopping. In partnership with World Vision, many of our new sites were placed next to schools and clinics. This was a first for Project Maji and we are loving the results. We have also deployed a new cluster strategy and are installing sites in 3 and 4 clusters communities. This enables us to work with neighboring communities to have a bitter impact.  In the past we found that people traveled from neighboring communities to access our sites and we wanted to bring solutions closer to home. New partners also include, Polytanks Ghana and The Chellaram Foundation. `

    World Water Week

    Our founder and CEO, Sunil Lalvani, traveled to Stockholm in August to attend the annual World Water Week conference organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). This year’s theme, Water, Ecosystems and Human Development, had almost 300 different sessions, including networking events, panel discussions, and workshops to better explore the water challenges facing us today. The event was attended by a wide range of water experts, practitioners, decision-makers, non-profits, business innovators and community stakeholders looking to exchange ideas, inspire new innovation, and create concrete paths for new solutions. 

    African Social Investment Accelerator Bootcamp 

    I traveled to Johannesburg to attend the first ever Ashoka Social Investment Accelerator for Africa. After a competitive application process, Project Maji was chosen along with 11 other social enterprises from Kenya, Uganda, Benin, Nigeria and Egypt. In partnership with Nestle and the Swiss Cooperation, the six-month program is aimed at supporting African social entrepreneurs to building fully sustainable ventures. The program is based on the Social Investment Toolkit developed by Mark Cheng, the Ashoka Europe Director, based on several years of experience supporting social entrepreneurs and adapted to the African context. 

     Ta’Atheer Social Impact Award

    Last but not least, Project Maji was shortlisted by the Social Impact Summit as one of the best NGOs/NPOs. Led by an expert panel of industry leaders and innovators in corporate social responsibility and the social impact space, the Ta'atheer Social Impact Awards will recognize the outstanding achievements of organizations that have contributed to the development of social impact. 

    Thank you for your ongoing support as our goal to provide 1 million people potable water by 2025 is realized. Please reach out to us should you have questions, suggestions, or would like to get more involved. 

     Thank you, 

    Nicole Malick

    Development Director 

     

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    Sunil Lalvani
    Accra, Greater Accra Region Ghana

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