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.
The CCAP SMART Centre Malawi, in collaboration with the SMART Centre Group, is organizing a short course on low-cost Water and Sanitation Technologies with a focus on Self-supply. The Short Course will take place from Monday 8 June – Friday 12 June 2020.
Rotary Club Apeldoorn-‘t Loo has been a long time supporter of the SMART Centre in Malawi through the ‘Walking for Water’ fundraising activities. Recently the Rotary Magazine published a short article on this long term partnership, underlining the need for local production through local businesses.