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
One of the 134 happy communities!
One of the 134 happy communities!

Dear Donors,

 

This win is for all of us! With your support of our work, you have made us 134 sites-strong in Ghana! This means 134 rural Ghanaian communities that lack basic infrastructure and were left behind by local government and larger NGOs now have safe water access.

This translates to over 134,000 lives changed forever! Thank you for making clean water accessible and touching these lives with your generosity.

We owe our growth and our impact to supporters like you who refuse to settle for anything less. And who like us, firmly believe in everyone’s right to clean and safe drinking water. But there’s more..

 Before this year ends, we have set ourselves the target of reaching 100 families with sustainable access to safe water. If you’d like to contribute to a better tomorrow for these families, click the link and make a life-changing donation: https://lnkd.in/dUGbMAY8

Finally, we know 100 Thank Yous will not be enough and 134,000 will be too many to type. So, we want to offer our heartfelt gratitude to each one of you for our exceptional growth in Ghana and beyond!

 

Yours sincerely,

Project Maji Team

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Dear Donor,

This is a quarterly update on the long-looming drinking water crisis in Ghana as well as our response to it, with you by our side. Here’s a quick overview of the West African nation’s water insecurity:

 

Did you know?

  • 76% of Ghanaian households are at a risk of drinking water contaminated with faecal matter
  • 29% healthcare facilities have limited or no water services available on premises
  • Only 1 household out of every 5 has water or other cleansing agents available at home
  • Ghanaian women bear majority of the water collection burden as they make up 64% of water carriers in the country

Our Response

In a bit to sustainably crush this crisis, Project Maji develops and deploys fit-for-purpose solar-powered water solutions. Since 2015, Ghana has been the locus of Project Maji’s game-changing innovation. With over 100 operational sites in the country, we have expanded our solution profile from a standalone solar-powered water kiosk – Mini Maji to include three more water solutions. These include a) smart solar-powered Standpipes, b) a network of solar-powered mini kiosks – MajiPlus as well as c) rehabilitated existing water infrastructure called RE:Maji.

Our work has helped us touch the lives of over 120,000 people with millions of litres of safe water. We owe our growth and our impact to supporters like you refuse to settle for anything less. And who like us, firmly believe in everyone’s right to clean and safe drinking water.

 

We will keep you posted on future progress. Thanks for choosing to side with us in this life-changing mission!

 

Warm Regards,

Muneeza Aftab

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

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