Most water NGOs will show you pictures of pity poor kids
that have no safe water and ask you for funding
because "every 20 seconds a child dies from unsafe water"
and the NGO will give them a well with a handpump ...
FairWater is different. We don't show you pictures of pity poor kids
but we show you pictures of pity poor broken handpumps
that were donated with these good intentions, but didn't last long
In Africa over 150.000 (40%) of all handpumps are not working
because people cannot afford the many costly repairs
and indeed, in all those villages with abandoned handpumps
still thousands of kids die unnecessary from unsafe water
because these pity poor pumps were not "sustainable"
Therefore, to make a real and lasting difference
FairWater replaces these pity poor broken pumps
with the rock-solid, Dutch & Durable "FairWater BluePump"
that can be maintained for less than 5 US$ per family per year
We do that in zones, called BlueZones spreading out all over Africa
Yes, we started the Blue Revolution in Africa !
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Why is the FairWater approach so urgent?
The Rural Water Supply Network confirms this in their recent study with UNICEF (RWSN, 2010):
"Not only has progress been slow, but, more shamefully, many of the constructed services have not continued to work over time. Thousands of people, who once benefited from a safe drinking water supply, now walk past broken handpumps or taps and on to their traditional, dirty water point."
"Despite the best intentions, the fact is that we, sector professionals and practitioners, have contributed towards the problem in numerous ways."
This is a clear and alarming message. However, even more alarming, the next phrase in the RWSN report points out that:
"Many of us are well aware of these problems. Nevertheless, most of us carry on as before.
Rehabilitation programs tend to use the same management and maintenance principles and training (if any) even where these previously led to long term breakdown."
What can we learn from this, why are community handpumps not maintained?
1. The "standard" pumps in use by most water projects are not strong enough
2. They break down all the time, confirmed by recent study Bill Gates Foundation
3. Too many repairs means maintenance becomes too expensive in the end
4. Communities are on their own, there is often no regional Back-Up Structure
5. Time between Repairs (TbR) is too frequent and too long; people wait and wait
6. Finally poor people give up, also because of costs: 40% does not work anymore
7. The 60% that still works cost a fortune to maintain: people just get more poor !
Conclusion 1: NGOs resist change, often they cannot even imagine that their "good work" is not giving "good results". Also, many NGOs are not aware that community pumps must be simple and very strong and reliable and that the "standard" pumps they use are not fit for that job! The poor rural families are not to blame; they never had a fair chance!
Conclusion 2: It is great that the public wants to help, but the RWSN report clearly shows that this is unfortunately not leading to sustainable handpumps. It seems that NGOs are more and more focused on raising funds and forget about sustainable pumps. Therefore the public as well as rural communities in Africa loose trust in NGOs. This is bad.
Final Conclusion 3: If we really want to fight poverty, NGOs should give people reliable pumps that are cheap to maintain. It is as simple as that. Fragile pumps complicates the life of people and impose a cruel financial burden on the communities. Water projects should really wake up now and change towards a professional approach with better quality handpumps.
However, such a strong reliable pump did not excist. Also, most NGOs believed that it was not possible to make a handpump that would last mre that a few years. Against all odds, FairWater initiated an ambitious project with Dutch and African companies and NGOs, to work together with the aim to design the most suitable handpump for Africa, a pump that last, pumps lighter than any other handpump and can be maintained at a fraction of the cost of the traditional handpumps in use (e.g. Afridev, India Mark, etc.).
The result of this project is the rock solid BluePump, since a few years available from local dealers in Africa and supported by the Dutch company BOODE BV With its breakthrough innovative but extremely simple pumping technology the BluePump is the most versitile handpump on the market and therefore also very easy and cheap to maintain. That is what the users appreciate the most. It can also pump up to 100m. deep, also that was not possible with other handpumps in the past.
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The "Blue Revolution" in Africa cannot be stopped anymore; with an impressive track record of over 600 BluePumps (still counting) working every day in 10 African countries that provide safe water for more than 150.000 people at a fair and affordable price. You can compare a BluePump with a led light; it cost a bit more, but it last much longer at hardly any cost at all, and durability is also better for the environment.
FairWater BlueZones are therefore environmental friendly and a realistic solution to fight poverty in a simple and effective way, with safe and secure low-cost water for communities, families and schools in Africa.
Therefore our simple message to NGOs and water projects is: "Start using BluePumps and make happy BlueZones". And in fact, it's not that difficult, BluePumps are available worldwide and can be send all over the world in a few month. They restore trust and bring quality to life, people appreciate this and remember your NGO in a positive way. And last but not least, also your donors will be happy in the end. Many NGOs already joined, e.g. IRD already implemented over 100 BluePumps (Swaziland and Mozambique) and all working (the donor USAID is very happy with this); Oxfam Kenya the same, Obakki, Samatharian Purse, ADRA, ASAP, etc. etc.
The communities are becoming aware that "there is something really good available" and start asking for this of course. That is how a Blue Revolution starts, at the bottom of the pyramid.
The BlueZone Concept
Many BluePumps in an area make a "BlueZone". The definition of a "BlueZone" is an area in which the installation and maintenance in a rural area is done by one single service provider. This can be a company, and Organziation or also by an Area Mechanic. The service provider must be involved in the whole project cycle, from installation, technical back-up and monitoring of the BluePump. The maintenace is organozed with the "ABC Concept". ABC stands for: "Annual BluePump Check-up". In between these annual check-ups, the reliable BluePump is just doing what it is supposed to do: it's pumping clean water, every day, day in and day out.
The main purpose of the yearly ABC check-up is therefore monitoring. Unlike other pumps, the BluePump pumping system needs no regular spares to keep working. Therefore it does not break down all the time. This makes the BluePump extremely reliable (and popular).
The community contributes a small fixed amount for the ABC, mainly to cover transport costs of the Area Mechanic. In such a BlueZone, the final cost per family for safe water every day comes down to less than 5 US$ per year. That is very much sustainable. Again all odds, with the BluePump in a BlueZone, this is possible, people love it!
Video: Rehabilitation broken pump by the durable BluePump in just a few hours
For only 2.500,- Euro our partners replace broken pumps by a BluePump in a transparent way.
All donated pumps are on our website and donors can "Track & Trace" what happens their funding.
For instance SANEX Zero% already sponsored 50 extra BluePumps in a BlueZone in The Gambia, all installed and maintained by Swe-Gam, a professional local company.
The BluePump is very popular in Gambia, all communities want to have one, but with still over 2.000 broken pumps in Gambia, our mission is not yet completed. The maintenance of the Gambia BluePumps is incorporated in the regular maintenance of small grid water solar systems in the larger towns, which makes the annual Check-up even more cheaper for the communities. Click here to see the impact of a sponsored BluePump.
FairWater has a focus on Water 4 Schools
Because kids are the future and schools pumps in Africa have even more problems in maintenance, FairWater started a special program to rehabilitate broken down water pumps at schools and to link them up with the maintenance system of our BlueZones in Africa. The need is high; it is estimated that over 75% of all school pumps are already non-functional. Wherever possible, we include also a "school-garden" program to our school pumps.
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Our sponsors are Green Companies, and persons and schools that:
- want to share and help, not with "charity" but with sustainable solutions
- are aware of the importance of safe water
- understand that durable solutions need a higher initial investment
- are critical and want to "Track & Trace" their donations
- want to support the local private sector to stimulate development
You may think: "Hey, we also do care about the world and this FairWater transparent approach with durable pumps makes a lot of sense ...
If you want to support us fighting poverty with durable handpumps, do not hesitate, contact us! We have over 20 years of experience in rural water supply all over Africa and reliable & competent local partners that team up with us to make a lasting difference in the life of those nice and friendly rural people in Africa that need just a little help to make their handpump sustainable.
Don't be another "NGO A" or "NGO-B" or C, D, E, etc.
Start making the difference, think "BLUE"
Pick up the phone, give us a call, w'ill be glad to assist you
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