While the measures to confine the spread of COVID in Europe are showing effect the spread of the virus is increasing in the countries where the SMART Centres are established and where the support local businesses in providing WASH facilities and services. These local businesses and their technologies are an essential tool in the efforts to confine the spread.
The Jacana SMART Centres in Zambia and the CCAP SMART Centre in Malawi have both started a project, which is supported by Wilde Ganzen.
The Jacana SMART Centre will, through the trained entrepreneurs provide water to all Health Centres in Eastern Zambia. See the website for more info.
The CCAP SMART Centre will provide hand washing stations to local markets and health centres in Northern Malawi. See the website for more info.
The EERN SMART Centre in Niamey, Niger, focusses on training local (female) leaders in the construction of hand wash stations, local production of mouth masks, water filters and provision of food aid to the most effected families. See a recent news item for pictures.
The SHIPO SMART Centre in Njombe, Tanzania, focusses on the distribution of hand washing facilities to health centres in Mbozi district and the promotion of Face shields, partly made from recycled plastics. See the website for more info.
The projects in Zambia and Malawi are supported by Wilde Ganzen who will double the funds raised. Any support to the projects is appreciated and can be donated through the SMART Centre Foundation or for Zambia directly through their website. Dutch donors can get a tax-refund ANBI.
Other SMART Centres in Kenya and Mozambique are also developing proposals for COVID-related activities and once these are approved we will publish them through the SMART Centre Group website.
Reinier VeldmanInitiatives by SMART Centres to fight COVID
The SMART Centre in Njombe, Tanzania, has recently started a new round of trainings funded through SKAT/ZH2O. The topics of the training include horticulture, aquaculture and training in the production of SMARTechs such as Rope pumps and manual drilling. See the newsitem on the website of the SMART Centre for an impression of the activities.
Reinier VeldmanGetting trained on horticulture, aquaculture, pumps and wells: 2020 SKAT/ZH2O Training is ongoing at SHIPO SMART Centre!
IHE Delft hosted the 2020 Capacity Development Symposium from 27 – 29 May. Due to the COVID-19 measures an online platform was created using webinars and poster presentations.
Henk Holtslag and Reinier Veldman both presented on behalf of the SMART Centre Group on SMART Centres. A promising approach to reach SDG6 and water related SDGs in rural areas and Faith and Water – Accelerating WASH knowledge sharing and capacity building through the use of Faith Groups.
Their presentations and webinar recordings can be accessed through the resources page.
Reinier VeldmanParticipating in the 2020 Capacity Development Symposium
Under the umbrella of the EERN (Evangelical Church in the Republic of Niger (EERN)) a new SMART Centre recently started. Jim McGill, who was also involved in the setting up of the SMART Centre in Malawi is now working in both Niger and South Sudan.
As one of the responses for the COVID-pandemic and the SMART Centre in Niamey recently held a training for female community leaders in the construction of dip taps and other handwashing stations. These simple, but effective technologies can be made at no cost, using locally available materials.
These trainings are part of an ongoing project which includes leadership trainings in messaging and distribution of materials at household level which will include:
Simple handwashing stations with soap supplied to households
Water filters for safe drinking water
Distribution of locally produced masks
Commercial handwashing stations can be established in areas where people gather – run by women.
How to access short term foodstuffs from the Church and Centre for those who are quarantined.
The trainings focus on the ‘Basra Quartier’ which is one of the poorest sections of Niamey with few public facilities. More information on the EERN Covid-19 responses is available through the link.
For more info on Smart Hygiene Solutions, check the recently published brochure.
Reinier VeldmanNew SMART Centre in Niger, engaged in COVID response
Brighton Kaniki is the owner of Zaluso Plumbing and Engineering Works in Kasungu, Malawi and one of the welders trained through the CCAP SMART Centre in Malawi in the production of Rope Pumps. Brighton was recently interviewed for The Times, one of the main newspapers in Malawi.
The article can be accessed through times.mw or downloaded here.
Reinier VeldmanBrighton Kaniki, pump producer in Malawi, featured in National newspaper
The SMART Centre Group is publishing a brochure labelled ‘Smart Hygiene Solutions’. The brochure contains a number of Solutions that are affordable and can be made with local materials with a focus on use in the household setting.
The solutions can be provided through the entrepreneurs trained at the various SMART Centres. The brochure can be downloaded through the resources page.
As WASH training centres, the SMART Centres have the ability to offer technologies that can help individuals, businesses and governments to implement the measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The Jacana SMART Centre in Zambia and the Drillers Cooperation ‘Eastern Manual Drilling’ have taken the initiative to provide hand washing stations and soap to strategic locations in Chipata. Read all about the initiative on the website of the Jacana SMART Centre.
Reinier VeldmanJacana SMART Centre Zambia and EMD contribute against COVID-19
SHIPO manual tube well drilling has recently been added as one of the ‘technologies for basic needs’ on the Siemens Foundation website. This step is a recognition of the potential of this, and other SMARTechs to contribute to increased access to Water and Sanitation.