In Uganda with Higher Hights and Ikare

Thursday, November 3, 2016

It is our collective responsibility to actively engage a transformational world, it is even more ideal for us to engage the most deprived communities in this transformational world. The desire to achieve slum development and poverty eradication in the long run is the driving force behind this initiative.

Ian Calvin Waiswa, the founder and director to the SSPP, says adding that the opportunity to contribute to society gives a kind of satisfaction not even food can provide. It is a commitment Ian has devoted his life to.

Supported by the venture philanthropy operated charity IKARE Ltd, UK, EUNISCA-SSPP in 2014 in co-operation with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in the Kikoni Slum, embarked on a hygiene, sanitation initiative to improve access to clean water for these communities. Further to cleaning and repairing wells as well as water collection points, the initiative also piloted the introduction of Solvatten.

Petra Wadström Swedish Elle Social Entrepreneur of the year

Thursday, April 14, 2016

ELLE and Le Comptoir de l’Innovation have created a unique award dedicated to female social entrepreneurship, the “ELLE IMPACT² AWARD”. Female entrepreneurs from all around the world have been rewarded and portrayed by ELLE magazines. National competitions have been driven in nine countries. All the national finalists met in Paris in April 2016 for the 5th Impact² Ceremony. Petra Wadström, founder and CEO of Solvatten was one of them!

Implementation of hot, clean water project empowers women

Monday, March 7, 2016

In order to implement and roll out the technology we recommend a livelihood approach focusing on women empowerment. By making Solvatten available as a business assets for the following types of entrepreneurs, distribution and uptake is ensured and economic activity is boosted.

– Street food vendors

– Small eateries/restaurants

– Fresh beverage vendors

– Beautician

– Hair stylists and barbers

– Canned goods /preserve/honey making businesses

– Clean water sellers

– Dairy micro farmers

– Vegetables vendors

– Poultry vendors

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Not just clean water

Monday, December 7, 2015

Over 90 000 people in Turkana county, Kenya are now benefiting from Solvatten.
In a joint project with local health ministry, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Unicef and UNHCR have implemented the swedish solar safe water heaters.
Two years into the project findings show high uptake amongst the beneficiaries.
There are significant reductions of skin disease and eye infections that indicates the relevance safe, hot water for improved hygiene practice and wellbeing.

 

Read more here:

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) website

Solvatten win UNFCCC lighthouse award

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Solvatten has been awarded the prestigious Momentum for Change Lighthouse award spearheaded by the UN Climate Change Secretariat. This award shines a light on game changing activities across the globe that are moving the world toward a sustainable, low-carbon future. Solvatten provides energy efficiency and safe water for the people most vulnerable to climate change.

We would particularly like to share this news with our Kenyan partners, as the climate finance project was implemented in Kibera, Nairobi.

This is a strong recognition of how through partnerships, we can empower people to be climate heroes and make a strong and positive impact on their people’s lives and on the planet we all share.

Find some facts about the project below.

Key facts of the project
·          2,592 Solvatten systems have been distributed and sold in Kibera, benefitting 12,900 people in Nairobi’s urban slums. Climate finance made it possible to deliver Solvatten to those who need it the most.
·          22,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced in Nairobi’s urban slums after four years of Solvatten use
·          Almost 30,000 litres of water have been treated since 2012
·          More than 36,000 Solvatten systems are used daily by more than 200,000 people around the world

More about the award at and in the enclosed press release:

http://unfccc.int/secretariat/momentum_for_change/items/9265.php
http://www.solvatten.se/sv/2015/10/solvatten-win-unfccc-lighthouse-award/

17 ways Solvatten contributes to the 17 SDG´s

Thursday, September 17, 2015

This September, the United Nations is promoting a new sustainable development agenda by encouraging countries to adopt a set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

No Poverty: Solvatten tackles some of the underlying factors that keep people in poverty. It improves health and productivity; it saves money and time, therefore it helps people lift themselves out of poverty.

No Hunger: Poor hygiene and lack of safe water play a big role in leading to and exacerbating malnutrion among children especially. Solvatten directly tackles water and hygiene related diseases, such as intestinal worms. The heated water makes the transition from breastmilk easier and less risky.

Good Health: Since Solvatten can reduce the incidence of diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases among users, and especially in children, many lives can be saved. Using Solvatten keeps the poverty related diseases away. Safe water and improved hygiene practices will reduce vulnerability to the major infectious diseases.

Quality Education: Good health makes time for school. So will easing the heavy load for children to provide the household with firewood and water from distant water sources. Globally 300-400 million days of schooling are missed because children have diarrhoea. 

Gender Equality: When parents in developing countries have insufficient money for school fees, they often send the boys to school, and not the girls. The time and money saved by replacing use of solid fuels  will provide time for income-generating activities and give more girls the opportunity to go to school. Women are saving up to 3 hours a day when using Solvatten. Less time spent on finding fuel in unsafe locations means less exposure and incidence of gender-based violence. 

Clean Water and Sanitation: Apart from being a technology that purifies water to the highest level of WHO guidelines for safe water, Solvatten also recognizes the importance of heated water for hygiene and health.

Renewable Energy: Solvatten runs on 100% green power, the sun.

Good Jobs and Economic Growth: Solvatten will provide time and opportunity for income-generating activities. Fewer sick days means fewer days without work and pay, while every extra year in school means higher income as an adult. Solvatten also provides its users with business opportunities, as it increases the quality of the goods (e.g. milk) or services (e.g hairstylists) they provide

Innovation and Infrastructure: Solvatten is an innovative technology bridging humanitarian aid and development while recognizing and utilizing the water-energy nexus, leading to resource efficiency.

Reduced Inequalities: Hot and cold water from a tap at home is a distant dream for more than a billion people. Equality means equal access to the basics that create a dignified life.

Sustainable Cities and Communities: Solvatten provides a sustainable clean energy and water solution that is environmentally friendly and carbon neutral, it provides for a safer and cleaner community. Being energy and water efficient, Solvatten eases the pressures that increasing urbanization puts on energy and fresh water supplies. It also makes urban communities less vulnerable to utility service cuts and water-related disasters.

Responsible Consumption: Solvatten improves water, energy, and time efficiency.

Climate Action: Over 800 million households worldwide currently use solid fuels. For every one of these households CO2 emissions could be reduced by 1 ton per year if they changed from heating/boiling with solid fuels to using Solvatten

Life Below Water: Through reducing CO2 emissions, Solvatten reduces ocean acidification which negatively impacts ocean ecosystems.

Life On Land: Since 2009, Solvatten has reduced the need to burn over 1,000 hectares of forest.

Peace and Justice: People have to coexist with very few resources which can lead to conflicts over water and fuelwood. Going solar with SOLVATTEN is helping to drive down conflict by reducing people’s need for fuel, water and helping to build healthier families and communities.

Partnerships for the Goals: Solvatten engages people, organisations and other companies throughout the world. This is creating awareness, practical action and business opportunities locally and internationally. We work through partnerships that span the private sector, the not-for-profit sector and academia. What’s more, we do not work in developmental silos – but bridge health, energy, environment, economic and gender empowerment, disaster relief and development issues for a cross-sectoral approach.

If you are interested in aligning your company or organisation around these goals Solvatten is an ideal way to get involved in this global effort.

Practical, durable, proven.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Junes newsletter just out: Read it here

Practical. Durable. Proven

Friday, June 26, 2015

Have the latest updates regarding new partnerships and impact in June 2015 newsletter

Now it is super easy to help out! Just send a text message to 72980 SOLVATTEN. 150 SEK gives 10’000 litres of safe water. This summer campaign supports our safe water project in Turkana.

New partnerships

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The number of humanitarian organisations distributing SOLVATTEN grows around the world. We welcome Plan International and the Salvation Army in our mission to help the most disadvantaged families living without safe water. There is an exciting learning experience when working with new NGO´partners.  We supply all sorts of training materials in multi languages where we share our experience of running SOLVATTEN projects. We listen and learn from new partners in various contexts and we welcome more NGO’s to get familiar with our goods and services.

Shining light on the situation in Darashakran

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

After months of preparations the shipment of SOLVATTEN reached Kobane and the Darashakran refugee camp in Kurdistan hosting more than 10’000 people. The Syria Regional Refugee Response hosts more than 112’000 people fleeing from the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Erbil region. SOLVATTEN was provided to the most vulnerable families in Darashrakran via Kurdish Help Organisation KHO.  Read more about the situation here

Thanks to Lions Club Lysekil and contributing artists Adam Tensta, Regina Lund, Helin Aro, Behrang Miri and the support from everybody at the charity event Safe Water is a Human Right. Read more about the event here