The Millennium Promise Program (MPP) is of the main implementing partners of the FairWater Trust Fund to install the reliable FairWater BluePump in Africa. The MVP choose for the BluePump because of its reliablity, low-cost operation and easy handling for the users.
The Millennium Promise Program
In 2000, the nations of the world committed to the Millennium Development Goals. These Goals were agreed to by every country in the world and set time-bound and measurable targets for halving extreme poverty by 2015. In 2005, at the World Summit leaders from all 191 UN member states recommitted to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, while leaders at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles agreed to double aid to Africa to $50 billion per year by 2010 (roughly $70 per African per year) and to cancel debts for the poorest countries.
Sub-Saharan Africa is at the greatest risk of not achieving the Goals and is struggling to progress on almost every dimension of poverty, including hunger, lack of education, and prevalent disease. Water supply is still one of the main challenges, especially how to arrive at a cost-effective and sustainable public water service for people that live on less than 1 US$ a day.
The Millennium Villages seek to end extreme poverty by working with the poorest of the poor, village by village throughout Africa, in partnership with governments and other committed stakeholders, providing affordable and science-based solutions to help people lift themselves out of extreme poverty.
Example village Mbola in Tanzania (see picture with the BluePump)
The situation in Mbola is stark. The children have faces hardened by years of adversity that belie their youth--living in one of the poorest regions of Tanzania. They are everywhere in this village, and immediately you notice their stunted height and distended bellies, telltale signs of malnourishment. But despite all this, they are still children and they remain cheerful and playful especially when there is a makeshift soccerball to be kicked around.
Initially in the MVP locations VLOM handpumps from India were used, but it soon became clear that this was not a sustainable solution. Therefore in 2010 the first BluePump was installed in Mbola, with great success.