The Jacana SMART Centre in Chipata is developing and expanding. Jacana has now developed plans to build its own ‘Jacana Business Centre’ with the aim of creating opportunities for small scale entrepreneurs, so that they can grow economically and create better living conditions for themselves and their communities.
Jacana is currently fundraising and you are invited to participate in this exiting development. The raised funds will be doubled by Wilde Ganzen.
Moses Banda, who is trained as a driller by the Jacana SMART Centre in Chipata, Zambia, has invented a ‘Super Slim Solar pump’ on the basis of a fuel pump. All parts are worldwide available in common hardware shops and shops that sell car parts. Cost about $100 including solar panel.
The pump is ideal for very narrow tube wells, starting at 2″ (50mm) casing and bigger. Suitable for wells that produce very little water because it pumps slowly but steady. After 5½ hours an overhead tank of 1000 liter is full.
Moses Banda is trained and guided by Jacana SMART Centre Zambia.
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Reinier VeldmanMoses from Chipata invents a Super Slim Solar pump
The CCAP SMART Centre in Malawi recently welcomed Gabriela Masfarre and William Maize for a visit to the Centre. Gabriela and William have been travelling around Southern Africa for over 15.000km to document initiatives around water, sanitation, energy and waste management. Based on their visit to the SMART Centre they published a blog on www.15000km.org. See https://15000kmafrica.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/ccap-smart-centre-malawi/ for the full blog.
Reinier Veldman15000km.org visits the SMART Centre in Malawi
We have updated the poster which was presented at RWSN 2016, presenting 6 practical ideas to SDG6 and related SDGs 1 (Poverty), 2 (Food), 3 (Health) and 8 (Youth Employment). The updated poster can be accessed through the resources page.
Reinier VeldmanUpdated resource: Poster with ‘6 Practical ideas for SDG6 and related SDGs’
The only way to provide water for all, to a growing population in developing countries, is to capacitate the same people to solve that problem. EMAS and SMART Centres have been training and guiding small-scale entrepreneurs in developing countries for many years. Trained entrepreneurs now supply affordable water technologies to communities and households in over 20 countries serving more than 2 million people.
EMAS and SMARTechnologies are complimentary and the organisations share the same philosophy towards sustainable development. Our mutual goal is to establish supply chains of Market-based, Affordable and Replicable technologies that are also fit for households (Self-supply). By joining forces SMART Centres and EMAS will increase the number of small water enterprises, make them more robust and offer a larger variety of technologies and services to their customers.
“We believe that investing in capacity building creates the conditions for sustainable rural water supply.“
Wilde Ganzen and Partin recently organised a day for their members. Walter Mgina and Henk Gijsselhart represented the SMART Centre Foundation and Reinier represented the SMART Centre Group. It was a fruitful day with new contacts and valuable insights. Wilde Ganzen currently supports two projects with the SMART Centres in Zambia and Malawi, for which it tops up funds raised through Rotary clubs.
Reinier VeldmanSMART Centres at Wilde Ganzen / Partin day
The SMART Centres will be represented by Henk Holtslag on two upcoming conferences in the US in September and October. Both conferences have sessions on Self-supply and how Self-supply helps to reach the SDGs.
Director General Peter Mahal Dhieu Akat (left) at the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in South Sudan announced the establishment of a Smart Centre in his country. He expects that the centre will bring his country more practical skills for drilling bore holes for ground water and placing hand pumps. According to Mr Akat, South Sudan lacks a facility for such vocational training of water technicians. Henk Holtslag (right) of the Smart Centre Group expects the new training facility to become operational later this year. It will be the fifth Eastern African country to have a facility to train water technicians in drilling wells, and in manufacturing and selling hand and rope pumps. The Smart Centres also train entrepreneurs to sell these affordable and repairable water supply products in rural areas. By building a local supply chain that includes skills and maintenance, Holtslag experienced that this approach is the best guarantee to avoid wells to dry up and pumps to be left unused when broken down.
At the 2019 Stockholm World Water Week, where SMART Centres had a booth and several presentations, an initiative started called “Marshall plan for water for Africa”, including the need for vocational training as done by the Centres. For more info, see the press release.
This proposal may fit into the German proposal a Marshall plan with Africa which was published last year (Denkschrift Afrika).
We hope the initiative will give a boost to the much needed capacity building of WASH practitioners such as the companies the SMART Centres are working with.