What we do
WHAT WE DO
Long considered a symbol of development aid, the default solution to the water crisis has so far been the humble handpump. Yet rural communities often lack the necessary funds and technical know-how to carry out maintenance, which means they frequently fall into disrepair. In fact, did you know that at any given time across the sub-Saharan Africa, up to 40% of handpumps lie broken across the continent? At Project Maji, we are on a mission to change that. Sustainability is at the very heart of what we do, and when we give clean water to a community, we pledge that it will remain truly sustainable for years to come
HOW WE WORK
The Maji Solution
The Project Maji Solar-Powered Water Kiosk can be installed anywhere that underground water is available. Using solar pumping technology, water is extracted from sustainable underground aquifers, stored in an elevated tank, and then dispensed through multiple gravity fed taps, which means no more waiting in long queues at the handpump! The entire facility is easy to assemble on site and pumps 5,000 liters of water per day. Requiring no electricity grid, our solution cost effective, scalable, and measurable. A mobile monitoring system is installed at every site, to allow us to remotely keep a constant track on the status of each facility. In the unlikely event of a malfunction, we are able to send a local technician to the relevant site for the required repairs. With solar-powered energy and constant remote monitoring.
Sharing the burden with their mothers, children around the world spend 200 million hours each day collecting water, which takes valuable time away from school. But while education is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty, one in three schools around the world still have no access to clean water. The World Health Organisation estimates that investment in clean water yields an additional 272 million school attendance days per year. Less sick days and less time walking for water means more time for school! Each year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent.
For communities living with water poverty, the daily task of water collection for domestic use most often falls to young women.
Carrying heavy vessels of water, often weighing up to 20 kilos, the journey to the nearest water source is often long and treacherous; exposing women to the risk of attack and depriving them of valuable, productive time which could otherwise be spent with their families or earning an income to improve their livelihoods. The United Nations estimates that sub-Saharan Africa alone loses 40 billion work hours per year collecting water; the equivalent to an entire year’s worth of labour in France! But while women and girls shoulder the majority of the world’s water burden, they also stand the most to gain from access to clean water. With less time devoted to fetching water, women have more time to pursue and improve their economic situation.
Drinking the water in sub-Saharan Africa is just as hazardous as retrieving it. More than half of the world's hospital beds filled with people suffering from a water-related disease. 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease. An absolute tragedy when you consider that this is entirely preventable, simply by providing communities access to clean water and sanitation. Every glass of dirty water is a potential killer.
When we install a Project Maji solar-powered water kiosk in a rural village, we provide sustainable, clean water for years to come. However, our work doesn’t end there. Sustainability is at the very heart of our values, and thereby we 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.