The project expands the current scope of SE4RC so that the solar water pumping can be extended and adapted to supply safe drinking water to the communities. This will be achieved by an initial scoping project in four Malawi communities, including hydro geological and geophysical investigation on 15 sites to identify the location of 8 new boreholes to supply safe drinking water. Sustainable Energy for Rural Communities (SE4RC) is helping families survive future droughts and to earn a living through connecting irrigation schemes to solar-powered mini-grids. The grids will generate over 200KW to power schools, clinics, businesses and irrigation schemes – transforming the education, health, well-being and earning opportunities of many local communities. SE4RC is executed in collaboration with, and support from, local communities, local and international partners, the private sector and the government in Malawi and Zimbabwe.
The implementation is secured by the Foundation’s strategic partner, Practical Action. Practical Action is an international NGO that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. The NGO has extensive experience with solar pumping in rural areas.
Poul Due Jensen Foundation
The project is partly funded by the Poul Due Jensen Foundation through a 420,000 GBP grant. The Foundation is committed to funding sustainable safe water projects for poor, rural communities in developing countries, and to stay engaged for as long as it takes to ensure resilient and sustainable access to safe and affordable drinking water (Global Goal 6.1).