As Ghana joins the rest of the World to mark 2018 World Water Day slated for March 22, Project Maji has pledged its commitment to pumping good drinking water at no cost to underserved communities in Ghana, using simple technologies.
Project Maji, a not-for-proflt foundation, established in 2015 by Sunil Lalvani focuses on creating sustainable access to safe drinking water in rural communities, has opened its ninth site in Ghana ahead of this year’s Water Day celebrations.
Speaking at the media encounter with Journalists on their activities, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Project Maji, Sunil Lalvani, said the Project has provided over 15,000 Ghanaians nationwide access to safe drinking water.
Project Maji is quickly becoming a leader in the water, hygiene and sanitation sector, he asserted.
“I originally set out to provide one community safe water through Binatone’s CSR Department in 2014; however, we continued to grow and expand to more communities and in 2015, Project Maji was founded,” stated Sunil Lalvani.
Project Maji designed and developed a first of its kind solar powered water kiosk pumping system. It was designed to work reliably with almost no maintenance in the harshest environment and minimal damage to the ecosystem. The solar water kiosk with up to 9 taps water that can all be used at single time can pump and serve about 5,000 litres of water per day with minimal maintenance and physical effort.
He said, “our technology allows us monitor all of our projects remotely directly from our cell phones. This not only mitigates costs, but also ensures that each site remains functional well after we leave. Project Maji is committed to spending a 100% of its proceeds to expand and maintain rural water installations.”
Talking about clean water in Ghana and the World at large, Mr. Lalvani noted that, water scarcity is one of the world’s leading problems affecting more than 2.1 billion people globally, adding that, “approximately 3 in 10 people worldwide lack access to safe, readily available water at home.
Access to clean water continues to cause illness and stifle growth in emerging countries. While Ghana has made progress, many communities still do not have access to safe drinking water.”
Project Maji is a non-for-profit foundation specializing in creating sustainable water solutions in sub-Saharan Africa. Registered in Ghana, Project Maji operates across sub-Saharan Africa. Operating through private donations and partnerships, Project Maji uses 100% of its proceeds directly to support and establish rural water sites.
The Technical Coordinator of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at World Vision-Ghana, Attah Arhin, who signed 2 year MoU (subject to renewal) on behalf of his organization, to undertake about 6 water projects in some selected communities, said they are happy to partner Project Maji to provide good drinking water to communities and schools where they operate.
On his part, The Manager, CRS, VRA, Samuel Fletcher notes that… “VRA has started some works with them, they have done one for us for free, we pay for one and we are hoping to do another two this year”. He believed that, the solar technology is the way to go.
The World Water Day was instituted in 1992 by the United Nations, as a day for the international community to learn more about water related issues and be inspired to take action. This year’s focus is on reducing water pollution, floods and droughts.
Source: Francis Edzorna Mensah