Community members using a dispenser Photo: Kalan
During the previous quarter, the Dispensers for Safe Water (DSW) Initiative at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) launched a study aimed at identifying key factors for increasing chlorine adoption, began developing a best practices toolkit, and finalized plans for the next wave of expansion of chlorine dispensers. An additional 1,100 dispensers will be installed by January 2013, bringing the total number to 3,229. This new roll out will provide safe water to 220,000 people, bringing the total number of people with access to safe water via chlorine dispensers to 640,000 in Western Kenya.
DSW was also recently awarded the Stone Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Water. The dispensers initiative was chosen from among 175 water projects representing 37 countries, and the review included assessment by an international panel of water experts as well as an on-the-ground evaluation. The DSW initiative was chosen based on the program’s innovative model and proven impact. This is a tremendous honor for our program and confirmation of our successful approach to providing safe water.
John Stone, the Founder of the Stone Family Foundation, said the following about our program:
‘Dispensers for Safe Water really stood out to me for being unique in its approach to providing safe drinking water in an area of rural Africa where poor water quality is a major cause of potentially fatal illnesses such as diarrhoea and typhoid. I was impressed by the dynamic and enthusiastic team behind the project and am delighted that the money from this prize will enable them to take their work forward and scale it up.’
We are incredibly grateful to those who have donated to our initiative to date and while the Stone Prize has recognized our efforts, our initiative is still in need of your generous support. Every additional dollar donated to our program allows us to provide access to safe water and improve the lives of thousands of people that much more quickly. We’re hoping that you will continue to help us reach our ambitious goals.