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.
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.“