Better life in Tanzania

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Text excerpts from report by Bengt Gustafsson, Nykvarns Rotary club.

5,000 people, mostly women and children under 5 years can now how access to have, clean and hot water at home for up to 10 years. These very poorest have benefitted from the effort made by several Rotary clubs, led by Nykvarn’s Rotary Club, Höganäs, Jönköping, Sollentuna, Värmdö, Umeå Västra, Tumba, Huddinge-Botkyrka, Alingsås, Österåker, Österåker First Breakfast, Falsterbo, District 2370 and Redon in France and Taunton Vale in England since 2012.

Ilemera is a small community 80 km south of the city of Bukoba on the west side of Lake Victoria in the northwestern part of Tanzania. A very hilly region with a lack of forest. Residents have a very low standard of living with difficulty in accessing clean water. It is difficult to find wood and expensive to buy coal. Several villages are completely lacking in electricity.
At Ilemera there is a vocational school “The Carpentry / Sewing School ICCO” which is supported by the Swedish NGO “Give it forward”. The boarding school started about 12 years ago. It has 22 students aged 16-18 years who go 2 years to learn to work as a carpenter or seamstress. They provide the students, who come from very poor conditions and where at least one parent is missing, an education that provides the tools for starting their own companies.

The school received 1 Solvatten Solar Safe Water System already in 2012 in order for the teachers and cooks to learn how Solvatten works. Very good experiences meant that the interest was great before the start of the Rotary project. The first consignment with 72 Solvatten units was in place in October 2013. During the next 5 years a total of 409 Solvatten units were delivered in Illemera within the framework of the Rotary project.

Follow ups

In autumn 2014, the first one-year follow-up (response from about 60 families) was carried out with the following results:

  • Gives less stomach ache in the family and gives fewer sick days and thus reduced expenses
  • Provides peace of mind and knowledge that the children get safe water
  • Saves firewood / coal
  • Provides warm wash and bath water
  • Facilitates the work and shortens the time for cooking when the water is already warm
  • Provides good water and always enough clean water available
     If it is sunny use the canister from a couple of times a week to twice a day, depending on the number of people in the family

During the two-year follow-up in autumn 2015, it emerged that:

  • The cost is reduced with the reduced need for wood and coal, time gain and saving of expenses.
  • The Solvatten users also do not have as much effort to obtain fuel and fit the fire before the water is boiled.
  • In addition, the water does not taste any longer smoke. “It tastes good”, there were many who answered.
  • Both parents and the children are less sick. Hospital and medicine costs are decreasing.
Using Solvatten – Illemara School in Tanzania

Visit to Ilemera February 2017

A selection of great comments from beneficiaries using Solvatten:

  • Some times of the year, the quality of the water in the rivers is really miserable.
  • You don’t get red-eyed because of smoke
  • You can keep the water several days
  • The women save a lot of time, easier to cook and need less firewood
  • Now there is no health problem. Especially the children’s constant stomach problems are gone
  • Increased contacts with neighbors so that more people get clean water
  • “I keep Solvatten as it is an egg!”

The result of the project has been really gratifying. The project has given approximately 5,000 people access to clean water for a long time to come. In addition to that the Rotary clubs have opened many people’s eyes for how important it is to have access to clean and hot water at home. It has huge health implications.

We all get pleasure from what we have been able to share with the families in Tanzania. Thanks to all the clubs and individuals who have contributed to the project and not least the principal and all teachers at ICCO.

Bengt Gustafsson, Nykvarns Rotary Club, May 2019

Interested to know how more Rotary clubs can grow the project in Illemera or other place? Start by sending us an email!

New Technology Partner

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Input Consulting teams up with Solvatten as a new technology partner. Their strategic competence and holistic approach to data analytics will be of great help as Solvatten tests a new approach to impact data collection and narrative.

Learn more about INPUT:

The Soroptimists for women, independence and trees

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Swedish and German Soroptimists have implemented several Solvatten projects in Africa and Nepal. Some of their latest commitments are dedicated to four Kenyan villages; Kisumu, Nakuru, Meru an Maseno. The objective was to reach the most vulnerable people in the areas through local groups, to provide them with a tool to have clean, hot water at home.

Elizabeth Juma Inwonga is one of the women in Kisumu who received a Solvatten through Gita Women’s Group. The community is using unsafe water from the nearby rivers for drinking, cooking, and bathing. The highly contaminated water cause illness and disease, especially during the rainy season as the floods carry garbage and heavy pollutions upstream. Elizabeth, who is taking care of a household of 10 persons, explains that her family has been visiting the hospital about 7 times a month to treat waterborne diseases. Solvatten will improve their health and save them money previously spent on medication and healthcare.

In the city of Meru, Solvatten was distributed through the local Neema Group – a support group for people with disabilities. The members of the group face hard difficulties to many of the daily chores and many are completely dependent on family members help. As a result of the felling of trees, the area is facing environmental destruction. Bare soils along the river banks are heavily eroded during the rains and completely dried up in the dry seasons. A project called ”Fruitable Water Source” combined the issues in one solution through Solvatten! The condition was to plant 10 trees on one’s farm, in exchange for a Solvatten unit. The planted trees will have a positive effect as they will provide shade and fruit as a source of income, and the demand for cutting down remaining trees decrease. A win-win-win solution, for people and planet.

This is historical! I’ve been solely depending on my wife because of my dysfunctional hands and legs. Solvatten is making me more independent! Also, I can give back to the community by offering them safe water for drinking.

— Patrick Gitonga, beneficiary of Solvatten in Meru.

The positive work of the Soroptimists has caught interest in media. In an article in Reuters, a journalist has highlighted one of their previous projects in Emuchimi, Kenya.

You can read the article here!

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With UNHCR in Palabek Kal, Host Community in Uganda

Saturday, July 15, 2017

UNHCR supports beneficiaries in the refugees settlement, host community, boarder points and health centres of Palabek Kal.

Training and demonstration done by LWF staff at Palabek Gem Sub-county, Lamwo district. Uganda.

To date, a total of 300 Solvatten water treatment kits have been distributed to beneficiaries in the refugees settlement, host community, boarder points and health centres (in the settlement and host community). Solvatten is being provided to persons of concern living near streams; hence, might be tempted to fetch and use unsafe water from the nearby streams. This has been realised thanks to our ongoing CSR partnership with NORES and others.

One of the beneficiaries at Ngomoromo border point signing gainst his name on Solvatten distribution form after receiving Solvatten kit.

CSR – What does your company stand for?

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Solvatten is a tool that can help companies connect social and environmental impact with business needs. More and more companies also makes employer engagement a priority. It is important for companies to show commitment and also share what they believe in. Here is one example where WSP is one of Solvatten’s many CSR partners. See the film when employees from WSP making a field visit to a Solvatten project in Kenya.

WSP and Solvatten, Working Together from Solvatten on Vimeo.

We welcome Plan International and the Salvation Army

Tuesday, June 2, 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.

Contact us to explore how we can work together!