Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana

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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
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
Amol Parker, Project Director, Ghana
Amol Parker, Project Director, Ghana

Dear Donors,

As we reach out to you this quarter, we are so pleased to share that we have crossed the 100th water access point milestone in Ghana. With you by our side, we have been on an upward-facing expansion journey since 2015. Ghana is our home-country, the locus of Project Maji’s game-changing innovation & home to the first taps Project Maji ever opened. Needless to say, Ghana is close to our hearts! The 100th access point milestone is truly a testament to that and also to the dedication and determination of our Ghanaian Team.

Project Maji’s eyes & ears in Ghana

As we celebrate this remarkable achievement, it is only fair to mention the leadership on the ground that steers our Ghanaian operations to success. Overseeing our operations in Ghana as Project Director, Amol has been instrumental in our success in the West African country. His colleagues believe Amol achieves within a week, what would take months for others, and our 100 operational Ghanaian sites are truly a testament to that. From site-selection, water quality testing and community sensitisation meetings to installation, remote monitoring, and monthly reporting, we know we can count on him and his dedicated team on the ground. For this, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Amol & to the rest of the Ghana team for fulfilling our clean water promise to those we serve.

Last but not least, we want to thank supporters like you who have stood by us since 2015 and never looked back. We owe our impact to each and everyone of you. Thank you fro being YOU!

Forever grateful,

Sunil Lalvani

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MajiPlus rolled out in Assomdwee Community
MajiPlus rolled out in Assomdwee Community

A happy new year to you and your family from your friends at Project Maji! Thank you for supporting our work in rural water-poor communities in Ghana. In this report, we will share the extraordinary progress we have made in the past quarter.

MajiPlus

Ghana has been the locus of our innovation journey. Most recently, we have concluded the pilot of an action-research partnership in collaboration with Practica Foundation, testing a sustainable safe drinking water distribution network. The successful pilot culminated in the development of MajiPlus rolled out in Assomdwee Community, Central Region Ghana. The MajiPlus system design consists of a network of compact mini water kiosks with a 1,000L storage tank, all connected to a central borewell and solar-power source. Depending on the water needs, this grid can be expanded or reduced. The concept uniquely matches water production with actual demand, resulting in an overall much smaller, more efficient and more affordable system, while having the same water sales capacity of an equivalent decentralised system per access point. The system effectively eliminates inefficiencies bringing down costs and increasing revenues from each waterpoint. It serves as a blueprint of a smarter and more sustainable safe water distribution network for all providers, to be replicated and scaled in multiple countries, unlocking new finance to contribute towards SDG 6.1, universal access to safe drinking water.

The pilot was followed by a joint Sector Report available on Project Maji website.

A pH Adjustment Solution in the Pipeline

That’s not all. In Ghana, hydrogeological assessments at certain potential Project Maji sites have shown the groundwater is slightly too acidic to meet WHO guidelines for drinking water. As a result, several communities in need of a water source cannot be granted one. Thus, in collaboration with the African Water Corridor, Project Maji has partnered with an undergraduate Civil Engineering Student at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands to design a pH adjustment solution. Thyara Leysner, a final-year student, is currently working on this solution to be implemented across our Ghanaian sites, as part of her thesis for the completion of her undergraduate degree. A successful pH adjustment solution will truly accelerate safe water access and help us reach those currently left behind. We will share regular progress updates on our social media channels and our website to keep you informed about this game-changing innovation.

Finally, we also want to take this opportunity to alert you to our year-end fundraising goal of bringing CLEAN WATER TO 100 NEW FAMILIES. Your fundraising link will stay active for 60 days! Please share & help us hit our fundraising goal.

 

Warm Regards,

Sunil Lalvani

Woman fetches water from MajiPlus System
Woman fetches water from MajiPlus System
Thyara Leysner, TU Delft
Thyara Leysner, TU Delft
Thyara testing the pH adjustment solution
Thyara testing the pH adjustment solution

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Project Maji River Solution Explained
Project Maji River Solution Explained

Dear Donors,

We are sharing a quarterly impact update on the Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana project that you have generously supported. This time we are excited to share with you an innovative iteration of our solar-powered water kiosk – The Project Maji River Solution 

As the name suggests, the standard solar-powered Maji cube that pumps water from underground aquifers has been adapted to pump water from a river. With the addition of an appropriate and proven rapid sand filtration unit, this solution eliminates the harmful larvae from the river water and provides these communities with sustainable safe access to their preferred water source while eliminating direct contact with the infested river. 

We have installed two river solution kiosks till date, with three more to be installed in October 2021. One of these communities that has received the river solution already is Teikpitikope on the banks of the Volta River. Previously the villagers were suffering from bilzharzia (schistosomiasis) but clean water has transformed their lives for good. This is a perfect example of how our interventions contribute to good health and wellbeing of rural communities in Ghana 

We owe our impact to supporters like you who empower us and to the communities who cheer us on. Thank you for your generosity! We will keep you posted on our progress in Ghana. 

Finally, we also want to take this opportunity to alert you to our participation in theGlobalGiving's Little By Little Campaign. This week until 17th September, all donations of upto $50 will be matched at 50%! We urge you to support us this week and have your impact multiplied!

 

Forever Grateful, 

Sunil Lalvani

Visual from Teikpitikope Community
Visual from Teikpitikope Community
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Community leader uses Maji Bucket to wash his hand
Community leader uses Maji Bucket to wash his hand

We are sharing a quarterly impact update on the Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana project that you have generously supported. Since Ghana has been the focus country of our COVID-19 response, the past few months have seen us constantly innovating to ensure we deliver the most effective COVID-19 solutions. The most notable of these is the Maji Bucket, a zero-touch foot-operated handwashing station developed in the field to facilitate safe handwashing.

In this report, we are so excited to share the prestigious accolades the Maji Bucket has earned over the past few months. Earlier this quarter, the Maji Buckets were awarded with the Best Awareness Campaign at International Humanitarian City Members Global Meeting 2021. The innovation was recognized by IHC as a fundraising tool that successfully raised funds and awareness around the need for handwashing as a life-saving solution through the #Sweat4Soap Campaign. The successful campaign amassed over 42 million social media impressions. Click on the link below to learn more about the incredible success of the #Sweat4Soap Campaign.

Next, the Maji Buckets have been selected as a Best Practice Project to be showcased at EXPO 2020 as a solution that presented a tangible, replicable and scalable solution to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Made with inexpensive locally available parts, the Maji Bucket is a low-tech solution that effectively facilitates safe handwashing and shields vulnerable communities from the spread of COVID-19. Till date, through our COVID-19 response, the Maji Buckets have reached 75,000 people in one of the world’s most remote rural communities. We, at Project Maji, are particularly proud of the impact the Maji Buckets have helped us deliver in the communities we serve. We recognize that this is a life-saving solution that must be replicated across as many rural communities as possible. Being featured as a Best Practice Project at Expo 2020 helps us connect with communities and countries who may be able to benefit most from this solution in the wake of COVID-19 and beyond.

Thank you for believing in the work we do and supporting us in such uncertain times! With all of you by our side, we will continue to deliver the impact we promise and more.

Maji Bucket in Action
Maji Bucket in Action
Maji Bucket - A Zero-Touch Handwashing Solution
Maji Bucket - A Zero-Touch Handwashing Solution
Sunil Lalvani at the IHC MGM Award Ceremony
Sunil Lalvani at the IHC MGM Award Ceremony
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Maji Bucket in action
Maji Bucket in action

Dear Donors,

 

A happy new year from your friends at Project Maji!

 

We are writing to share the progress we have made in Ghana over the last quarter. Recognizing our responsibility as a safe water enterprise, we have pivoted our operations to shield vulnerable communities from COVID-19. This has culminated in a handwashing campaign that not only includes delivering hand hygiene trainings but also the distribution of soap and handwashing stations in vulnerable communities. In addition, the past quarter has seen us innovate and scale up for a much bigger impact. Under the patronage of IFRC and Ghana Red Cross, we have designed, developed and implemented a smart solar standpipe solution. The standpipes have been designed to enhance safe water access for communities where arduous water walks are a reality despite communal water sources. Below you find an overview of the impact you have helped us create in this unusual year.

 

Our COVID-19 Response

When the pandemic struck, our field activities came to a sudden halt. It was no longer possible or safe to scout for new communities, monitor ongoing installation work or conduct maintenance visits. Yet, we knew we could not stand still. We worked behind the scenes to design our COVID-19 response, developing COVID-specific handwashing trainings, fundraising and building partnerships for a greater reach. Till date, we have reached thousands of people with handwashing trainings and soap distribution drives. We have also developed the Maji Bucket - a foot-operated handwashing station, that eliminates the need for touch and curbs the spread of the virus. The distribution of Maji Buckets is in full swing and we anticipate reaching 75,000 Ghanaians with the safe handwashing stations, bars of soap and handwashing trainings. You can read more about our COVID-19 response on our website.

 

Smart Solar Standpipes

The latest feather on our cap is the uniquely designed smart solar standpipes. This solution has been developed to cut down water collection time for communities that face long water walks despite a communal water source. For the standpipes, water can be sourced from either a borewell or a river and pumped into an elevated tank after undergoing the necessary filtration. The safe water is fed to the standpipes by gravity, creating a rural water hub and spoke system. As a result, continuing to follow our core ethos, we can reach those families that are currently being forgotten, leaving no one behind.

Interestingly, the unique standpipe design supports fetching water from three independent taps, two at the average height that fills buckets/pans on the floor, and one at a height of 2.5 metres (approx.) to allow women to collect water directly into a head pan by standing under the spout. They no longer have to struggle to lift the heavy water pans from the floor to their heads, easing their water collection burden.

Our first three standpipes are installed in Ghana in partnership with Ghana Red Cross, who have applauded Project Maji’s efforts to provide affordable and sustainable solutions to scale up rural water access. With continued support from IFRC and Ghana Red Cross, we will install 30 more standpipes in the West African country in the coming six months in marginalised, water-poor villages, investing in their health and prosperity.

We, at Project Maji, are grateful for your unrelenting support in these uncertain times. Thank you for all you do!

Child washes her hand with the help of Maji Bucket
Child washes her hand with the help of Maji Bucket
Community children engage with handwashing poster
Community children engage with handwashing poster
Foot-operated Maji Bucket
Foot-operated Maji Bucket
Women conveniently draw water from standpipe
Women conveniently draw water from standpipe

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Location: Accra - Ghana
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Sunil Lalvani
Accra, Greater Accra Region Ghana
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