With much pride and pleasure can we share the news that the Sustainable Water Project for Efoetsy has been fully funded.
We would like to thank all our donors and partners for their contributions and continued support.
Once the Project is completed, we will provide an update on this page.

Meanwhile, the Foundation and her partners are developing our next Project, as our work to help rural coastal communities get access to clean water is far from complete.
Please feel invited to check out next project and support it.

Clean Water for Madagascar

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About the project

With absence of natural fresh water resources, the 3000 people living in and around Efoetsy rely on salt drinking water, which is non-potable according to the WHO-standards. Given the abundance of available seawater, converting this to drinking water through desalination would be ideal. However, desalination requires a lot of pressure and thus energy. Since there is no electricity grid available, solar power is the most sustainable and fitting energy supply for desalination. This upcoming project provides a solution to urgent water scarcity by constructing a sustainable water supply that produces 15,000 liters of high-quality fresh water per day. This fresh water is produced by desalination using only solar energy, and will be distributed through a piped water supply network. Apart from increasing access to drinking water, our solution also provides opportunities for local economic development. In the water kiosk, sea water is desalinated and converted into drinking water, after which it is sold by, and for the local community. In this manner, affordable access to drinking water is not only increased, local economic development of the community is accelerated – for women and children especially, since the time previously invested in securing water can instead be spent on entrepreneurship and education. By complementing Transmad’s 20 years of working experience in Madagascar with Elemental Water Makers innovative desalination solutions and a skilled local civil works company, this project will move Efoetse from water scarcity into water abundance.

One of the current water sources of Efoetsy

Project Budget

Current Situation

The village of Efoetsy is located in the South-West of Madagascar. The 1415 inhabitants of Efoetsy and its surroundings (about 1500 people) live in extreme poverty and survive by picking wild fruits, hunting and fishing. In addition, the South-West of Madagascar experiences an arid climate and receives fewer than 200mm of rainfall per year. As such, natural fresh water sources do not exist, which forces local to drink brackish well water below the WHO-guidelines. The sole source of safe drinking water is trucked in from 20km distance using diesel trucks, which costs 6 EUR/m3 – six times the average Dutch domestic water price. Together, these conditions make securing safe drinking water a day-to-day challenge taking a disproportionate toll on the time and money of the population of Efoetsy. Moreover, the water challenge disproportionately affects women and children as they are given the responsibility of securing household water, thus negatively affecting their ability to enjoy education, entrepreneurship and self-development.

An Efoetsy community member collecting water



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.

Construction drawing of the project

Feedback Company

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.

JCI Volcke Rack

JCI is a nonprofit organization of young active citizens age 18 to 40 who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities. Active citizens are individuals invested in the future of our world. JCI gathers active citizens from all sectors of society. We develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions and take action. JCI Volcke Rack consists of an enthusiastic group of people with different backgrounds and professions. All not older than 40 years. Together we organize a range of activities, varying from training courses, company visits, networking events and of course fun factor should not be missing. JCI Volcke Rack will organize a national CvA conference in May 2019 with the theme ‘water’.

Wilde Ganzen

Wilde Ganzen is a Dutch organisation whose mission to end worldwide poverty and inequality. Wilde Ganzen has been working for almost 60 years with dedication and determination, because the prevailing inequality in the world is something they wish to change. The approach of Wilde Ganzen is to co-finance projects and provides support and advice. This way, projects which have been started with much enthusiasm and involvement have a better chance to become self-sustained. Every year, Wild Ganzen supports about 350 projects worldwide. Wilde Ganzen works hard to raise funds. The funds raised for projects by Wilde Ganzen are almost entirely from private sources.

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 uses 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 trainings 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.

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