6 million Madagascans (30% of the population) live in rural areas and don’t have access to an improved water source.
Infant mortality rate before reaching the age of 5 is 6.2% (UNICEF, 2011).
Diarrheic-based illnesses are one of the biggest threats to their health.
An estimate of 2.000 beneficiaries per site is forecasted after 2 years of operations, which will bring the total number of beneficiaries in Madagascar to 14.000. Their main economic activity is agriculture and the average income per family is about $US20 per month.
“… now I am fully independent and I have a key role in the wellbeing of a lot people in the village.”
The production system in use follows the one set in our project in Cambodia where we purify surface and drilled water. Water is packaged in 22-liter containers, which have been disinfected, and distributed by our local entrepreneurs using a locally built motorcycle coupled with a cart.
Projects are run hand-in-hand with community and village chiefs. A contribution is asked of the villages which need to, as least, provide a piece of land for the project.
The “Saint Gabriel” NGO is the leader in the field of access to water and purification for the Antsinanana region. This organization was created by Brother Edwin, in 1999, following a cholera epidemic which spread throughout this entire east-coast region. Because of the lack of access to water and purification, creating frequent epidemics, Antsinanana was dubbed the “region of illnesses”.
The “Saint-Gabriel” NGO also has negotiating power with local authorities, and can make decisions and promote the project to beneficiaries. “Saint-Gabriel” is also the project manager for the 1001fontaines project in Madagascar, with a partnership established in 2008. A dedicated team has been created within the “Saint-Gabriel” NGO for the management of “1001fontaines’” project.
It has developed, in partnership with 1001fontaines members (on-site project manager, technical officer) unique skills in water treatment, its quality control, operators’ tool appropriation and raising awareness of hygiene and water use in villages.