Our drinking water, toilet and photovoltaic projects in developing countries
With our projects we want to contribute to a better supply of clean drinking water and hygienic toilets in poor countries. We plan the concept and realise the projects we have planned. As a rule, local companies are commissioned with the construction of the facilities.
Technical training in Switzerland for better water supply in Madagascar
In Madagascar, only about 45% of the population has access to clean water. The people suffer from the inadequate water supply, the partly insufficient quality and the frequent interruptions in supply. In view of these problems, Preisig AG and WatSanAid invited two technicians from the state water utility Jirama to Switzerland for further training.
New toilets and stairs for the Marohoho School in Madagascar
This school in the centre of Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, has 290 pupils and 13 teachers. The classrooms on the first floor have been out of use for months because the middle landing of the outside staircase has collapsed. This means that 50% of the classrooms have been no more available for teaching. All toilets in the school can no longer be used due to their desolate condition. Teachers and pupils are forced to relieve themselves in the courtyard behind the school building in the middle of the city.
A school building and hygienic toilets for the Juhudi School in Kenya
At present, about 450 children are taught in this primary school in cramped conditions. School desks are largely missing. The children sit on the floor and have no opportunity to do written work. The lack of school space has led to some classes having to be taught outdoors under trees. During the rainy season, classes are therefore cancelled altogether for the approximately 250 pupils affected. There is also a lack of hygienic toilets with hand-washing facilities. The school urgently needs better infrastructure.
Toilet building for the agricultural school in Merimandroso, Madagascar
The school Foyer d'Education Agricola Merimandroso in the picture, was founded and built by the Association NY ANJARA MASOANDROKO. Until now, the school had no clean toilets and washing facilities. Preisig AG / WatSanAid planned a new toilet building and commissioned a local contractor to build it.
Project 2022 pending
Construction of compost dry toilets
Compost toilets are dump toilets without water flush. The excrements fall directly into a container under the toilet seat. This container, a commercially available plastic barrel, must be emptied as soon as it is full. The contents of the barrel should, if possible, be composted together with other greenery, such as leaves, to produce valuable fertiliser.
Unfortunately, we have not yet met any interest with such toilets.
Clean toilets for the children of the school in Goshene, Kenya
The children of this basic rural school in north-eastern Kenya are delighted with the clean toilets and washrooms they have never seen before. In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, they learn to wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating. Dental hygiene is also part of the learning programme. Only with better hygiene behaviour can the widespread diarrhoea among children in poor countries be reduced.
Drinking water supply for the villages Ambohitrandriana and Mahavanona in the north of Madagascar.
The two villages with about 6500 inhabitants are located in northern Madagascar on the Sambirano River. Outside the rainy season, access is possible with allterrain vehicles, during the rainy season only with a motocross motorbike or a motor canoe on the Sambirano River. The inhabitants live in the most basic conditions from the cultivation of cocoa, vanilla and rice. Although the Sambirano River carries a lot of water, the people of both villages had no clean drinking water. With the new drinking water supply, water of impeccable quality is now available.
Toilets and drinking water supply for Lovikopé in northern Togo, West Africa
The Swiss association Togo Assist has built up a primary school in the remote village of Lovikopé, which is being run successfully.
Our task was to plan and build a toilet facility for the school and a drinking water supply for the whole village. The material for the water tower, the water pumping system and the water supply network was delivered to Lovikopé from Switzerland. Part of this material has been donated to us by suppliers from our industry. The work on site was carried out by a local contractor.
Main water point in the village
A small waterwork with solar power for Breü, a village in the Amazon region of Peru
Breü is a remote, poorly accessible settlement in the Amazon lowlands. A stream with murky water was the only way for the inhabitants to obtain water for their daily needs. Together with the Swiss Mission Indicamino, we supported the construction of a small solar-powered water supply system.
The water pump and the water tank with 1000 L. The system can be operated with solar power or by hand,
The inhabitants are happy about the water point with clean drinking water in the village.
Drinking water, toilets and photovoltaics for the Gilgal Primary School in Namaliri, Uganda
The small one-man village school has developed over the years into a school with more than 500 pupils and teachers through the activities of the Swiss Seroma Association.
Due to the growth of the school, the basic sanitary facilities had to be urgently expanded.
Our project included the construction of a drinking water supply and toilets in two stages.
In a third stage, a solar power system was planned and installed according to our specifications. This will enable at least the operation of the groundwater pump and emergency lighting to be maintained in the event of frequent power failures.
The new water tower
The photovoltaic system