Over 11 million people in Madagascar have no access to safe water. Rural area’s face most difficulty having access to clean water, with over 85% of them lacking access. As many women & children are still spending hours each day to collect unsafe water, the Elemental Water Foundation has decided to develop and fund another project for a community in Madagascar. Building upon the experience and partnerships realized with our first Madagascar water project, we are certain that we can again make a difference & generate sustainable impact.
In the event that the funding goal is not reached, all donations will be refunded.
About the project
In the coming period, we will determine the exact location, scope, partnerships, budget, and timeline for this next Madagascar project, which will be quite similar to our first project. Fortunately, we can already rely on the existing support of the Foundation’s Partners.
Trans-Mad’Développement is an NGO with the goal of increasing access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The organization has been actively engaging communities and regional – and central governments in Madagascar since 1997. In 2014, Trans-Mad’Développement undertook a feasibility study and implementation that lead a cocoa farmer collective in the Sambirano region (North-West Madagascar) to enjoy access to drinking water. Apart from the direct impact that resulted from the increase in access to safe water, it also led the collective to receive a Rainforest Alliance certification. Receiving this certification meant that farmers are now paid a fairer price for their produce and has increased their connectivity to the international market, thereby stimulating their economic development. Trans-Mad’Développement also launched its ‘Plein Nord’ program, which saw the installation of 9 independent drinking water systems which were organized under a newly formed regional board.
Feedback Company is a Dutch company that specializes in professional online feedback systems that collect customer reviews of businesses and their products and services. By enhancing business with a transparent, independent review system, customers become inclined and grateful to share and read online reviews. Reviews also provide interesting insights for the company, thus allowing companies to improve and better adapt to customer expectations. As part of their corporate social responsibility program, Feedback Company has coupled their feedback systems to the Elemental Water Foundation. After leaving their review, customers are forwarded and stimulated to donate to Elemental Water Foundation projects, while Feedback Company generously donates to a small amount of money for every customer review left on their feedback systems. The partnership between Feedback Company and Elemental Water Foundation thus contributes directly to our projects through their donations but also helps Elemental Water Foundation to increase its online visibility.
Global Shapers Amsterdam
The Global Shapers Community is a network of young people driving dialogue, action and change. With more than 7, 000 members, the Community spans 378 city-based hubs in 160 countries. The mission of the Amsterdam Hub of the Global Shapers community, is to help each other realize our dreams for a better society. We empower and strengthen initiatives that improve our local and global communities by providing them energy, ideas and access. “Each other” are now Amsterdam Shapers, and we want to extend this to Shapers worldwide and anyone in Amsterdam with a great initiative. Our key focus areas are sustainability, social empowerment and applied science.
Elemental Water Makers
Elemental Water Makers is a Netherlands-based technology company that provides desalination solutions powered by renewable energy. The mission of the organization is to solve fresh water scarcity, using only the sea, sun, earth and wind. The company was founded in 2012 by two engineers, Sid Vollebregt and Reinoud Feenstra, from the Technical University of Technology Delft and is located on The Hague Beach. Since its foundation, the company has executed numerous solar-powered desalination projects in the British Virgin Islands, Belize, Mozambique, The Philippines, Spain & Cape Verde. The company offers flexible desalination solutions that can integrate diverse sources of renewable energy in order to guarantee sustainable off-grid use. Wind, wave, sun and gravitational energy can be integrated to power a reverse osmosis (RO) systems that use a patented energy recovery system. Together, these unique elements ensure sustainable, low-cost desalination in remote locations. The company contributes to the Elemental Water Foundation by providing all activities required to design, transport and construct desalination solutions, after which they provide training to a local team of prospective water operators. All the activities and materials required to implement EWF projects are either provided in-kind or provided at discounted rates equal to the standard of NGO wages and rates.