By Bernice Bessey
Project Maji Foundation, a non-for-profit organisation specialised in creating sustainable water solutions in sub-Saharan Africa, has targeted to reach, at least, one million Ghanaians with potable drinking water by 2020.
Currently, Project Maji, through private donations and partnerships, has provided over 15,000 Ghanaians access to safe drinking water in 10 communities in the country.
Speaking at the media engagement on ‘Water Safety and Prevention’ in Accra, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Project Maji, Sunil Lalvani, stated that the project has provided over 15,000 Ghanaians nationwide access to safe drinking water.
Project Maji is quickly becoming a leader in the water, hygiene and sanitation sector, he asserted.
“I originally set out to provide one community safe water through Binatone’s CSR Department in 2014, however, we continued to grow and expand to more communities, and in 2015, Project Maji was founded,” stated Sunil Lalvani.
Project Maji designed and developed the first of its kind – a solar powered water kiosk pumping system.
It was designed to work reliably with almost no maintenance in the harshest environment and minimal damage to the ecosystem.
The solar water kiosk, with up to 9 taps that can all be used at the same time, can pump and serve about 5,000 litres of water daily, with minimal maintenance and physical effort.
He said: “Our technology allows us monitor all of our projects remotely directly from our cell phones. This does not only mitigate costs, but also ensures that each site remains functional well after we leave. Project Maji is committed to spending a 100% of its proceeds to expand and maintain rural water installations.”
Talking about clean water in Ghana and the world at large, Mr Lalvani noted that water scarcity is one of the world’s leading problems affecting more than 2.1 billion people globally, adding: “Approximately three in 10 people worldwide lack access to safe, readily available water at home. Access to clean water continues to cause illness and stifle growth in emerging countries. While Ghana has made progress, many communities still do not have access to safe drinking water.”
The Technical Coordinator of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at World Vision-Ghana, Attah Arhin, who signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which is subject to renewal, on behalf of his organisation, to undertake about six water projects in some selected communities, said they are happy to partner Project Maji to provide good drinking water to communities and schools where they operate.
On his part, the Manager, CRS, Volta River Authority (VRA), Samuel Fletcher, testified: “We started some works with them, and they have done one for us for free. We have paid for one and we are hoping to do another two this year.”
He corroborated that the solar technology is the way to go.