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20,000 carafes for clean water in Africa.

A huge chain of solidarity was set in motion by Operation Carafe. Alongside SIG and the humanitarian organisation H20-Energies, you contributed to the financing of clean drinking water in the Koteyo region of Kenya, with a simple gesture. A look back at a successful project.

  • The project: provide clean drinking water for at least 20 years to the community and two primary schools in Akom and Rakombe
  • Objective : sell 20,000 carafes and raise 100,000 CHF
20,000 carafes sold
100,000CHF donated to the project
  • In brief

    Association : H2O-Energies
    Location : Koteyo region, around 60km from the town of Kisumu near Lake Victoria.
    Population concerned : A community of around 2,000 people living mainly off agriculture and livestock farming
    Project: Provide clean drinking water for at least 20 years to the community and two primary schools in Akom and Rakombe.
    SIG support : 100,000 CHF = 20,000 carafes
    Project timing : 2009. Funded. 20,000 carafes were sold and all profits collected by SIG (5 CHF/per carafe sold at 20 CHF were donated to the Geneva not-for-profit organisation H2O-Energies.

    Project history :
    In Koteyo the people were drinking water of very poor quality all year round. During the rainy season, they collected it from the rooftops. The rest of the time, women and children had to carry water the way back from Lake Victoria on foot, every day. Brown and impure, this water was the cause of many illnesses.

    The project received 100,000 CHF SIG funding and involved:

    • building a pumping station on the edge of Lake Victoria
    • building two water treatment filters in Geneva, transporting them and installing them on site, in Kenya
    • training maintenance and operations personnel.
    • project management

    The arrival of drinking water in the region significantly helped reduce the absences due to illness at the local school in Bakumbe (approx. 300 pupils). Cases of typhoid and diarrhoea are much less common.

  • Key project milestones
    • January – March 2009
      Project launch, listed by solidarit'eau suisse to provide clean water for at least 20 years
    • June - July 2009
      Work undertaken to reopen the channel between Lake Victoria and the future water treatment station
    • July– November 2010
      Filter construction by the H2O-Energies in Geneva
    • March - April 2011
      Set up of the first filter and opening of the pumping and treatment station on the edge of Lake Victoria. Between 1,000 and 1,500 litres of drinking water produced and distributed daily
    • March - October 2011
      Creation of the distribution network by the local community and regional water service
    • Summer 2011
      First glasses of clean water distributed in two schools in Akom and Rakombé. Preparations to obtain certification for clean water distribution in order to sell it. Revenues raised will then be used to finance the production of clean water and the renewal of the installations to guarantee the project’s long-term sustainability
    • March 2012
      The H2O-Energies team travelled to Kenya to install a second water treatment filter and thereby increase clean water production capacity to provide water to a population of 2,000 people. Technical support is carried out from Geneva
    • June 2012
      Water started being sold via the local management committee
    • January 2013
      Restructuring of management committee, now supported on-site by H2O-Energies and YWCA
    • August 2013
      Two staff members from H2O-Energies visited the project and carried out adjustments to the installation and water treatment point, and consolidate the water management activities
  • H20-Energies Association

    The H20-Energies Association is committed to applying its water technology knowledge and expertise to concretely contributing to providing access to clean drinking water around the world.

    In 2008, the Association developed a water filtration and purification system which was tested on water from the Arve River near Geneva. Its water is considered “difficult” because of its turbidity (made up of sand, mud and organic particles) and its level of bacterial and industrial pollution from upstream activities.