“Charity” Aid, or rather durable solutions?

Every 20 seconds a child dies from water problems“. We still hear that all the time, although billions of US$ were donated to install water pumps all over Africa. However, the reality is that those “well intended” Aid with fragile pumps did not solve water problems, but turned Africa into a graveyard for broken handpumps. What went wrong?

See the video below that explains what is going on and why NGOs have to change their approach with handpumps…

BluePumps have rapidly become the preferred choice for the people in Africa.

The problem is not a lack of water! There is enough clean water in the ground; the key question is: “How can we pump this groundwater at the lowest cost?; THAT is the issue.

BluePumps can provide that, at the lowest cost, which makes it sustainable, at low cost.

Why do so many people still have no water? The answer is simple and shocking: Most NGOs get funding to fight the symptoms (e.g. kids drinking dirty water) but they do not tackle the cause behind it. For instance, they give the people a cheap pump that breaks down all the time, so kids have to drink dirty water again. Obvious, cheap failing pumps will not solve their water problems!

Read the confession of a “Water Charity” aid worker. Click here.

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People have no water because of broken pumps.
Unfortunately, these poor quality pumps in Africa are often recommended by the local government, although they break down all the time. But yes, also in Africa quality matters (Click here for more reading)

What is the solution?
Obviously, people need better handpumps. But it is not only a “better pump”. To keep pumps working they also need a regional repair system. FairWater, therefore, developed (with Oxfam) an innovative “BlueZone concept”: Regional maintenance service with a reliable handpump, the BluePump, that last a lifetime and is easy and cheap to maintain.

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The “Blue Revolution”
The good news is, that more and more governments and NGOs start using BluePumps now. Already over 1.200 BluePumps provide clean water to over 500.000 people, every day in Africa. It’s called the “Blue Revolution in Africa.” Where BluePumps arrive, water problems leave and people are happy!

What can you do?
Of course, it’s all about funding. But just more money is NOT the solution (Click here). It’s a better approach that is needed. Not the “Hit & Run” approach that most NGOs have, but a regional institutional approach that will last for many years.

Donate to FairWater? Yes, but we understand that your first reaction is not to give a donation to FairWater today. You have probably not yet heard from us anyway. So just think about what we say and read on about what we do. Search the internet for “BluePump” and read about our work. Actions speak louder than words.

And next time, when you want to donate to Africa, think about FairWater and how your donation can make a real difference with durable BluePumps. Please only donate to NGOs that use durable BluePumps, that will make the difference in Africa, see also the section of “our Partners.’

We are transparent and effective: 100% of your donation will go to our local partners (e.g. Oxfam UK) projects to send them more BluePumps (Click here for more info).

Let’s stop the Pump Crisis (How? Click here)

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Due to “Broken Rusting Pumps” all over Africa thousands of children die unnecessarily each year.

The Handpump Crisis is well documented by a SKAT/UNICEF in a report from 2010 (see summary below). The good news is that today, with the reliable BluePump, we can solve the Water Crisis in Africa once and for all.

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How you can help? (click here)

With a donation to Fairwater, you can subsidize part of the cost of a BluePump. This helps our partner NGOs to buy more BluePumps to replace more broken India pumps, see picture below.

Our “Bottles & Pumps” Program:

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Every BluePump comes with free water bottles for school-kids, thanks to www.join-the-pipe.org.

How? We put these durable water bottles in the pipes of the BluePump, so they arrive automatically in the community when the BluePump is installed. 

Do you like our practical approach?  Join us on Facebook (Click here) or sponsor a BluePump for Oxfam (Click here).

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BluePumps are strong & reliable and last a lifetime. That is what poor people need to come out of poverty.

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Rehabilitation with a durable BluePump is cost-effective; a new expensive well is not needed.


Donors can see their sponsored BluePumps on our Google Map (click here).


Local partners
Local Partners install & maintain the BluePumps. This creates trust, local employment, and low-cost sustainable operation.


Track record
See for instance our Sanex Zero%  project; we replaced in The Gambia 50 broken pumps by a BluePump, serving now 25.000+ people.


10 Strong points for BluePumps:

1. Bluepump piston has no rubber seal. Other pumps have seals that wear out.

2. BluePumps have 2 stainless steel, long lasting foot valves. Other pumps have only one 1 foot valve.

3. BluePumps use quality PVC pipes and stainless steel rods. Other pumps have serious rusting problems.

4. BluePumps have heavy duty bearings lasting 10+ years. Other pumps have fragile (plastic) bearings.

5. BluePump rods use long lasting, floating double centralizers to make pumping easy.

6. BluePumps are reliable up to 100m deep. Other pumps fail beyond 40m.

7. BluePumps are lighter to operate and produce more water.

8. BluePumps are easy to install & maintain with only standard tools. Other pumps need special tools.

9. BluePumps are installed & maintained by local dealers and in-country service.

10. BluePumps are cheap (less 25 US$ per year) to operate; Other pumps need up to 500,- US$ per year.

For more info about the amazing BluePump?  Click here or contact us.

Testimonial:  See the video from Gambia below how the people appreciate the BluePump.


“Development starts with durable BluePumps
and BlueBottles for children:

The most cost-effective and sustainable
solution to solve water problems in Africa

Click here to make a donation.

NGOs that want to start using durable BluePumps are very welcome to become a FairWater Partner and obtain sponsored BluePumps.

Do you like our practical no-nonsense approach? Join us on Facebook (Click here) or sponsor a BluePump for Oxfam (Click here).

Contact us for more details.