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110% Funded

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Target: €22000

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€24,375 Raised

Complete

201 Funders

Dublin

Solar Water Disinfection

By Joanne Mac Mahon

description

We are Laurence Gill and Joanne Mac Mahon from the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at Trinity College Dublin and we are currently researching an innovative water disinfection system, which uses sunlight to disinfect water. The solar disinfection unit is a low-cost, low-maintenance system, which requires no energy to run, and uses one of the most abundant resources in the developing world, sunshine.

The Civil Engineering Department implemented a successful pilot project in the remote village of Ndulyani, Kenya, in 2008, serving over 600 people. We visited the project site in July 2011, however, and discovered that the widely publicised drought in the region had caused the village water source (a dammed river) to dry up. The system had worked successfully for over one year but the lack of water supply means that the solar disinfection unit can no longer be used and the villagers must make a 14km round trip on foot to collect water.

The villagers want their solar disinfection system up and running again and we are determined to raise the necessary funds to provide an alternative water source in the form of a borehole. This would allow the solar disinfection system to be used again and villagers would have access to safe drinking water. The positive impact in terms of improved health and time saved would be invaluable for the community and they are ready to implement the project with us. We have also tracked down the original project engineer, Colin Price, who has just returned from working in Haiti, and he has been roped into returning with us to help with project implementation. It is planned to implement the project over a 3-4 week period in the first half of 2012.

Laurence and I have both worked previously with rural communities in the developing world, where we witnessed first-hand the problems that lack of access to safe drinking water can cause. We believe that our solar water disinfection system can provide a sustainable solution to the problem of contaminated drinking water, helping to improve the health of isolated rural communities, as well as their prospects for the future. Laurence is so dedicated to this project that instead of receiving wedding gifts when he got married, he asked guests to contribute to funding the pilot project in Ndulyani. Joanne promises to do likewise for another pilot project, if she ever decides to get married!

We very much want you to become involved in this project too. Drilling a borehole to provide an alternative water source in Ndulyani, which will allow the solar disinfection system to be reinstated, will be a major step forward in developing this sustainable and environmentally-friendly water treatment solution. The funds raised will allow over six hundred people to access safe and reliable drinking water and will be money extremely well spent.

Many thanks for your interest in our project.

Dr. Laurence Gill (Department Head)
Joanne Mac Mahon (PhD Research Student)
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Trinity College Dublin

rewards

activity

We made it! Hurray!!!

Hello Everyone! So we finally reached the €22,000 target for our project in Kenya with a day to spare and we're absolutely delighted! This is just a message to say a big thank you to everyone we pestered over the past few weeks about our project. Thank you so much for your time, efforts, advice and money, without which we would never have reached our target. We really appreciate all the fantastic support we received! For all our funders based in Dublin, please join us this evening upstairs at Trinity Bar (formerly City Bar) on Dame Street from 5.15pm if you're free and have a drink to celebrate us reaching the target in time. For our funders outside of Dublin and Ireland, please congratulate yourselves today for having been part of this successful fundraiser! Thanks again for all your amazing support and please send this message on to any of your friends or colleagues who you pestered for pledges over the past few weeks or who came to any of our fundraising events. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible regarding rewards and to follow project progress over the coming months, keep an eye on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/solartcd . Thanks again for making our project in Kenya possible! Joanne and Laurence

Extreme Water Challenge Success!

Hey Project Funders! We've just finished up our Extreme Water Challenge at Trinity College. We had 13 teams carrying 5-20litres of water for 7km. Some fantastic costumes, amazing water carrying, a team in high heels and most importantly some amazing fundraising! On the day we collected €1496, with some sponsorship money still to come. We're in the final push now to reach our target of €22,000, so now is the time to tell your friends (again!!) and let's hit the target by Wednesday! Thanks to everyone who showed up today. It was a really FUN fun run! Joanne and Laurence (and the fundraising team!)

6 days to go and we're almost there!!

Hello Everyone! So we've come a very very long way over the past five weeks and are now most definitely within striking distance of our €22,000 target! We had a fantastic Table Quiz night on Wednesday and made €1585 on the night which was amazing! Thanks to everyone who came along - 30 tables was an unbelievable turn-out! Our final fundraising event is The Extreme Water Challenge which kicks off at 12pm from TCD cricket pitch on Monday 13 February. We'll be challenging teams to carry up to 20 litres of water for 7km (just like the women and children of Ndulyani). So it should be very interesting! Everyone is welcome to join in or just come along to watch! Finally we would like to ask all our funders to help us give this project one final push towards the finish line. If you could find one person today or over the weekend and convince them to logon to our page and give €10 that would be fantastic! And thank you again for the wonderful support you have given our project already. We also want to say a very special thanks to the staff and students of Civil Engineering TCD and the staff and students of the Innovation Academy TCD-UCD, who have given us fantastic support and guidance over the past few weeks. Have a good weekend! Joanne and Laurence

€7,000 pledged and 16 days to go!

Hi everyone, Just letting you know that we've hit the €7,000 mark! 16 days to go now, so a lot of work to be done yet but with all the fantastic support we've been receiving we'll get there! There are a few fundraising activities organised for the next couple of weeks, so will keep you posted on those. We have close to 90 funders now, so if each of you could possibly find 3 people to pledge €10 each, we would be very close to the €10,000 mark in no time at all. Thanks again for all your support so far and please keep spreading the word! Joanne and Laurence

Coffee Morning!

A big thanks to everyone who baked, helped out, ate cakes, drank coffee and donated at our coffee morning today! It was a great morning and we raised a whopping €735! So thanks for your generousity! We're close to the €5,000 mark now, so please encourage another couple of your friends to log on to our page and pledge - facebook, email, twitter etc..... Thanks again! Joanne and Laurence

Fundraising Events

We will be hosting a coffee morning at the Museum Building in Trinity College Dublin on Thursday 26 January at 11am. Everybody is welcome and there will be a prize for the best baked product, so all baking enthusiasts don't miss this opportunity to show off your skills! We are also holding a Table Quiz on Wednesday 8 February at MacTurcaill's on Tara Street at 7.30pm. For more information contact Joanne at macmahoj@tcd.ie. Other events to be announced shortly, including a Talent Show. Thanks to everyone for all the fantastic support, particularly The Innovation Academy Team at TCD and UCD! Joanne

Detailed Cost Estimate of Borehole Project for Solar Water Disinfection Project, Ndulyani, Kenya

Transparency is crucial for all projects and even more so for those carried out in a development context. Project donors and beneficiaries need to know that money has been spent wisely and appropriately. We have detailed the cost estimate for our project below and if fundraising is successful, final project account details will be available on project completion, outlining all actual costs. Cost Estimate of Borehole Project for Solar Water Disinfection Project, Ndulyani, Kenya: Hydrogeological survey €2500 Drilling (2 days on site + mobilisation costs) €2 000 (based on assumption of 20 m depth borehole into the crystalline basement bedrock) Hand pump (Afridev + delivery costs) €2 000 Submersible electric pump €1 000 Solar PV panels €700 Battery €400 Labour €2 000 Materials (including fence around pump) €1 250 Pipework to reactor (including concrete supports) €500 Reinstate filter behind dam €500 Flights (including one donor) €2 400 Travel and transportation of materials in Kenya €2 000 Accommodation €2 000 Sampling €1 000 8% commission (FundIt) €1750 TOTAL = €22 000 A crucial aspect of this type of project is to gain full cooperation from the local community and to participate with them for the duration of the project. Active community participation ensures project sustainability in the long term. We have already established excellent relations with the local community in Ndulyani and they are ready to embrace this project fully. A formal project agreement will be made with the community, as was done for the previous project, whereby the villagers will supply preliminary works (site clearance, supply of local materials and provision of non-skilled labour) and then take responsibility for the final operation and maintenance of the system, once the project is complete. The community Water Committee, which was established in 2008, met with us during our visit in July 2011 and the committee members are ready to take on their role and assist with project coordination. The positive experience of the original pilot project has shown us that this community is very motivated both in terms of project implementation, as well as the long term operation and maintenance of the system. We will provide all necessary training to the Water Committee members to ensure system maintenance and to reinforce the health benefits of the system with respect to preventing common water associated illnesses.

funders (201)

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