Safe water to Malawi

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).

Nyarugusu Refugee Camp

Nyarugusu and nearby Nduta and Mtendeli refugee camps are situated in northwestern Tanzania, close to the borders of DR Congo and Burundi. In 2015, an influx of Burundian refugees increased the population in Nyarugusu and its neighbouring camps to over 250,000 refugees. The current water infrastructure is ageing and heavily underdimensioned and thus unable to serve the growing demand in the camps. Furthermore, the existing system is diesel-driven and hence very expensive to operate.

The world’s largest solar powered water system

From 2017-2020, Water Mission and the Poul Due Jensen Foundation will replace the existing water infrastructure with a modern, solar powered safe water system; the world’s largest to date. The estimated cost will be 5.3m USD. In total, we aim to serve 313,000 refugees in Nyarugusu and the neighbouring camps with safe water.

The project intends to not only lower the running costs of the camp, but also improve health and living conditions significantly. The Nyarugusu camp is operated by UNHCR in collaboration with OXFAM.

More data – UNHCR operations in Tanzania.

Reaching out to neigbouring communities

Along with the work in the refugee settlement, we also reach out to rural communities in Western Tanzania, building community water projects in a number of poor villages.

The implementation both inside and outside the camp is secured by the Foundation’s strategic partner, Water Mission. Water Mission is a non-profit, Christian engineering organisation that designs, builds and implements safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas.