5 more machines just installed in the Sine Saloum region, Senegal. A2W is starting a new program in regions with water infected by heavy metals - such as mercury - due to mining industries.
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OVERVIEW OF Our PROJECT:
5 YEARS TRACK-RECORD IN SENEGAL SINCE 2011:
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The foundation Access to Water (A2W) was established in 2012 by the company Swiss Fresh Water SA (SFW). However, it all started in 2011, when SFW launched a pilot project in Senegal to test their recently developed water treatment machine, which can be remotely followed via Internet. The project was, furthermore, greatly supported by the Swiss platform REPIC.
In 2012, it appeared to SFW that in addition to their efficient machine, a business model under a good governance needed to be developed. Thus, they initiated the foundation A2W in 2012 for that purpose. It enables a distinction between the technical and the non-profit aspects of the project. Since then, A2W has been recognized as a foundation of public interest.
The foundation manages drinking water treatment programs associated with the creation of jobs in developing countries. The foundation is currently involved in a project in Senegal and is also preparing other projects.
How does it work?
The foundation makes available water treatment plants to kiosk's managers in places where safe drinking water is needed. The kiosk's manager will sell the water to the population in recyclable tanks.
At what price?
The price of the water is decided upon with the local communities on a regional basis (in order to avoid water trafficking). The price is affordable and consequently cheaper than bottled drinking water. For example, a liter of water is sold at a price ranging from 0.7 and 1.5 cents €.
What about the benefits?
A part of the revenue goes directly to the manager. With that money, he/she will pay for salaries, local costs, and community or private projects, e.g. roof of a school, education of their children, etc..
The other part of the revenue goes to the foundation in order to pay for:
A2W goals focus on 4 areas:
In order to reach its goals, A2W implements programs of drinking water and jobs creation.
The foundation has two cornerstones to its projects:
1) A sustainable technical solution: linked to a concept of maintenance and assistance with a follow-up via Internet. Today, A2W uses the SFW machines as they are currently the most adapted to the projects on the market.
The SFW machines are:
2) A win-win business model: for the users, the employees and the partners in Switzerland or in some other place.
Visit the company's website: swissfreshwater.ch
Senegal is a West-African country with a sub-Saharan climate where water is an important concern. Indeed, the access to water is mostly depending on rainwater, which is, nonetheless, unequally distributed on the territory.
When rainwater harvesting is not possible - for example during the dry season - the population drinks water from different sources: , wells, pounds, rivers or boreholes. However, these waters are not treated and are loaded with bacterias, viruses, pathogens, heavy metals - such as mercury, fluoride, as well as in some cases with salt. The population also has the option to buy water in plastic bottles or bags, however this is expensive, many people cannot afford it, and in some cases drinking this water is unsafe.
It is in that context that the project in Senegal started in 2011. Five years later, there are now 100 machines installed in 60 kiosks in the Fatick, the Kaolack and the Sine Saloum regions, both in cities and remote areas.
This project has an important impact on the quality of life of the people and the community at large:
We are currently keeping on installing machines in Senegal in partnership with local communities there.
Thanks to Axel Ripper for his splendid pictures !
If you are an NGO / institution / association interested in building a project in a region of the world where the population does not have access to safe drinking water and would benefit from our business model:
Please kindly send a message with information on your project and your contact details to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to reading you!
Small villages of less than 1'000 inhabitants need a solution where the technical installation is sponsored.
A donation to the foundation funds:
Bank account details: Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Lausanne, Switzerland
IBAN: CH 89 0076 7000 A 529 8510 6
A2W was invited to attend the sixth Ministerial Conference of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from 26 to 27 November 2015, in Vienna Austria.
The conference provided an opportunity to clearly define the remaining barriers impeding LDC's economic diversification and graduation, as well as to identify possible ways to jointly overcome these challenges within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Learn more about the conference by clicking on the following link: LDC Ministerial Conference 2015
From April 19 to April 21, Access to Water had a booth at the Geneva
"The GHF has become a space for dialogue and major exchanges between field practitioners, the university hospitals, the public and private sectors, the international organisations and the non-governmental organizations."
Check out the website of the event here: Geneva Health Forum
From May 2nd to May 4th, A2W foundation was at Tech4Dev at the EPFL in Lausanne.
The Tech4Dev Conference is the biennial flagship event of the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development hosted by the Cooperation & Development Centre (CODEV) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
The focus of the conference is the application of technology solutions to advance inclusive and economic development in the Global South.
Access the website of the event here: Tech4dev
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