Highlights

Reflecting on the COVID-19 response project in Malawi

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the CCAP SMART Centre in Malawi set-up a project to provide handwashing stations to public places around Mzuzu, such as markets, hospitals and schools. The project has been carried out and one of the staff members reflects on the approach in the video after the ‘read more’.

Thanks to Wilde Ganzen, Wierda Baas Foundation, Rotary Apeldoorn ‘t Loo, the SMART Centre Foundation and De Gevulde Waterkruik for their support.

Reinier VeldmanReflecting on the COVID-19 response project in Malawi
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World Toilet Day – November 19th

Since 2013, the 19th of November is celebrated as World Toilet Day. This years’ theme of the official celebrations was ‘Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change’.

One of the ways in which the SMART Centres contribute towards access to a toilet or latrine is offering a range of options such as zero cement ‘corbelled latrines’ and SaTopans or Flapper. See also the overview of Sanitation Technologies.

Another interesting set of resources are the timelines with the NICC Foundation is developing. Recently two WASH timelines have been added to the collection. Check them on the website of NICC.

Reinier VeldmanWorld Toilet Day – November 19th
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Good progress at the building site of the Jacana SMART Centre, Zambia

Jacana is building a new Jacana Business Centre in Chipata, Zambia. The Jacana SMART Centre will be integrated in this building together with the activities around beekeeping, business training and sustainable agriculture.

Jacana is combining the building of the Business Centre with the training of bricklayers, which will be certified by TEVETA, after successfully completing the exam in April.

So far the fence has been build and a borehole has been drilled. Also the foundation for the office has been constructed.

For a full update, visit the website of the Jacana SMART Centre.

Overview of the building site
Reinier VeldmanGood progress at the building site of the Jacana SMART Centre, Zambia
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Global Handwashing Day 2020

Global Handwashing Day is October 15. And as every year, the day serves as a platform to raise global awareness on the importance of hand-washing with soap.

Within the work of the SMART Centres, handwashing is an important theme as it contributes greatly to improved health and reduced spread of diseases. There are ongoing projects in Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Niger around Handwashing and COVID-19 and we have recently published several resources with ideas to scale-up low-cost handwashing solutions.

Handwashing at a market in Mzuzu, Malawi, using one of the handwashing stations make by a welders trained through the SMART Centre.
Reinier VeldmanGlobal Handwashing Day 2020
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SMART Centres presenting during Partin-Wilde Ganzen month

During the month of October Partin and Wilde Ganzen have shifted their yearly meet-up to an online event, which will take place in the month of October. The kick-off session was on October 3rd and on October 19th it will be the turn for Henk Holtslag to present on the SMART approach and the work of the SMART Centres. More info is available on the website and don’t forget to register for this event!
Please note the Webinar will be in Dutch.

Reinier VeldmanSMART Centres presenting during Partin-Wilde Ganzen month
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Pumping is Life, Ghana

Pumping is Life in WaleWale, Ghana, is one of the organisations that have recently requested to officially become a member of the SMART Centre Group and establish a SMART Centre.

Pumping is Life has been one of the early adopters of the Rope pump and other SMARTechs and have received training by Henk Holtslag on several occasions. Recently they moved to a new office.

Pumping is Life is supported by ‘Pompen is Leven‘ a foundation from the Netherlands and has so far provided water through more than 400 wells and pumps.

Reinier VeldmanPumping is Life, Ghana
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‘Making a Wash Bottle’ tutorial released

As one of the efforts in making handwashing easy and accesible the EERN SMART Centre in Niger has developed the zero cost ‘Wash Bottle’. The Wash Bottle uses a plastic bottle or tin can to make a simple handwashing tool at no cost and without wastage of water.

Reinier Veldman‘Making a Wash Bottle’ tutorial released
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Welding against COVID-19

The SMART Centre trained welders in Malawi have been busy lately fabricating handwashing stations, meant for use in public places like markets, schools and universities. Part of the facilities are finded through a project with Wilde Ganzen and others have been ordered by local institutions, after they saw the examples at the shops of the welders, which is a good spin-off for the welders.

Reinier VeldmanWelding against COVID-19
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Getting trained on horticulture, aquaculture, pumps and wells: 2020 SKAT/ZH2O Training is ongoing at SHIPO SMART Centre!

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.

The trainees after the production of the first two Rope pumps.
Reinier VeldmanGetting trained on horticulture, aquaculture, pumps and wells: 2020 SKAT/ZH2O Training is ongoing at SHIPO SMART Centre!
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Initiatives by SMART Centres to fight COVID

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
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