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Hydro Solution

Hydro Solution

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Bavaria, Regensburg, Germany

The Focus of the Project „Hydro Solution“ is on providing sustainable drinking water in Kenya, Kajiado County. With the method of „intermittent slow sand filtration“ we re able to improve the livelihood of all community members (especially Massai tribes). With all of the materials for the construction locally available the economy of the whole area profits. This sustainable system lasts for at least 10 years and there are no chemicals needed, which preserves the environment. We empower people to build their own filters an become independent.

Project Description


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Insights
We are 13 students from Ratisbona, Germany, trying to improve the lives of Massai tribes living in the rural areas of Kajiado County, Kenya. The Massai are at high risk due to lack of clean water.The big problem is that because of the poverty the Massai are not able to afford clean drinking water so they need take their water straight from the river. Because of drought, climate change and wild animals the water is getting more and more contaminated. Especially children are affected, waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever, and dysentery are killing more children than malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS at the same time.
Action
Since May 2016 we have been searching and trying out different possibilities for water treatment. Together with the organizations CAWST (Centre for affordable water and sanitation technology) and Ohorizon we found the optimal solution for our target group to get safe drinking water. At our first trip in March 2017 we were able to implement 12 filters (with safe water storage containers) at two different schools and one orphanage together with our kenyan partners, so we already reached 560 children and 15 teachers. Seperately we educate our future users about safe drinking water and storage (WASH-programs). Our kenyan-german partner YISOG (Young Innocent Souls Of God) and AMBATANA is an officially registrated Non-Profit-Organization in Loitokitok, Kenya, led by the orthodox priest Father Tito David Parmuat. YISOG consists of a committee of eight, supported by numerous voluntees, who are helping the poor and are managing an orphanage. We already trained 3 entrepreneurs of YISOG to produce the filters. The filter is based on the principal of „Intermittent Slow-sand-filtration“. With this method it is possible to removes up to 100% of the microbes. One filter ist able to produce 50 liters of clean water per day. The sustainable system lasts for at least 10 years and there are no chemicals needed, which preserves the environment. Through a simple construction process we empower YISOG to build, sell and distribute the filters. so they can establish a small business. In 7 different workshops we are able to operate a very effective user education. Because of very cheap production costs ($ 26,42) the mission has a promising approach. With all of the materials for the construction locally available the economy of the whole area profits, so we are also able to contribute to a positive economic development in Kenya. We think the key for sustainable improvement of the living conditions of our target group lies in the achievement of safe drinking water! HYDRO SOLUTION-WATER FOR LIFE - HELP TO SURVIVE
Impact
We already gained access to the market but our goal is to reach a continous production of the filters. Until March 2020 we want to provide a minimum of 9000 people with safe drinking water. Our entrepreneurs will be able to make their livings by producing aand selling the filters. We already conducted a study in a school of children and the communities provided with the filters, to evaluate the influences of waterbourne deseases and to get measurable outputs of the influence of the Hydro-Solution-Project. Furthermore there are continous testings of the watersource and the actual removal of pathogens in the water after the filtration.
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