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Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana

by Project Maji Foundation
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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
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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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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Our team member handing over a bar of soap
Our team member handing over a bar of soap

In light of the COVID19 pandemic, access to clean water and handwashing has gained a new value altogether. Your support in providing this basic human right has now, more than ever, been proven to be a life-saving investment.

Against the backdrop of a COVID-19 outbreak now taking its grip in Africa, we recognize our responsibility to ensure rural communities across Ghana are equipped to shield themselves against the virus. Not only do we continue to provide sustainable access to clean water in Maji communities, we have ramped up our efforts to ensure hand hygiene in these communities. Since the onset of the pandemic, Project Maji has launched an aggressive handwashing and soap distribution campaign across rural Ghana, targeting 12 communities, 2,000 households and 10,000 people to help shield communities from the virus.

We are delighted to share that not only have we successfully reached our targets, we are now actively fundraising to double our impact, targeting another 12 communities, 2,000 households and 10,000 people. Hand hygiene is our frontline defense against the virus, therefore we recognize that our handwashing trainings and soap distribution are indispensable in preventing an outbreak. 

The Project Maji Community Handwashing trainings are essentially focused on teaching key steps to proper handwashing. The 30-minute training is designed in line with a participatory approach whereby our trainers employ colorful visual aids and encourage questions and comments to keep the participants engaged. Participants are also encouraged to volunteer step by step demonstrations of hand washing by the end of each session. Recognizing the urgent need for these trainings while ensuring the safety of our teams as well as the local communities, we have now adopted a capacity-building approach. Participation is restricted to a maximum of 50 community members who are trained in groups of 5 to pass on their learning on proper handwashing to their respective households and the wider community.

Due to mobility and social gathering restrictions and the very imminent threat posed by COVID-19, mobilizing our teams and rolling out these trainings has been nothing short of an uphill battle. Nonetheless, we recognize that our work not only has to go on, it has to intensify. We aim to continue to strive to find the right balance between raising hygiene awareness and ensuring the safety of Maji communities as well as our local teams. Click here to join us and save lives. 

We will keep you posted. Thank you for your overwhelming support in providing sustainable access to safe water through this project!

Ama Wilson - Ghana Team
Ama Wilson - Ghana Team
Participant engaging with trainers
Participant engaging with trainers
Training in process
Training in process
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Project Maji Foundation

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