SkyJuice has been partnering with Siemens Stiftung, in Kenya, for over 10 years. During this time, over 20 Safe Water Kiosks have been installed. A major objective has been to establish the kiosks as social enterprises, with local people managing the sale and distribution of safe water as well as generating income and employment.
The last of the kiosks, in this current program with Siemens Stiftung, was installed in October at Vitsangalaweni, Kenya. A new partner, Rotary Club of Mount Eliza also joined in on the project. The Mount Eliza Rotary Club provided installation and commissioning support and funding to the project.
New partnership projects are being explored. The program has been successfully implemented and there has been many positive outcomes. We will continue to report on outcomes and lessons learnt in future blog posts.
Mount Eliza Rotary Club member’s involvement in Kenya installation
Thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Mount Eliza and the practical support of the SkyJuice Foundation, the villagers of Vitsangalaweni, Kenya, are not only gaining access to pure drinking water but are also learning how to establish and run a small business enterprise.
The village of Vitsangalawena borders Kenya and Tanzania, south of Mombasa. This in a desperately, dry region that has recently endured a severe drought, that resulted in many deaths and much hardship.
An Australian-produced kiosk model is manufactured by the SkyJuice Foundation. The donation from Mount Eliza Rotary cCub greatly assisted with the significant costs of remote installation. Safe clean drinking water has been distributed to the villagers, greatly enhancing health levels, especially among very young children and pregnant mothers.
The kiosk also provides the base for a small business enterprise, selling any residual pure water commercially. An average of 3,000 litres is being sold daily, with profits being used on village infrastructure, education and medical facilities.
SkyJuice SkyHydrant units:
- Don’t need electricity to treat the water;
- Are portable and can be redeployed if required;
- Have a service life of up to 10 years, and
- Are each designed to produce safe water for up to 1,000 people at a rate of 700-1,000 litres per hour.
The Rotary Club of Mount Eliza is already committed to participate with other Rotary Clubs in District 9820 to purchase another unit.