Bring safe drinking water to thousands of people in Ndola, Zambia
What is this Indiegogo campaign about?
In Zambia, two out of three people lack access to safe drinking water. Institutional Stove Solutions (InStove) has developed a super-efficient water pasteurizer that can provide safe water for over 1,000 people for just two cents per person, per day. We want to bring our water pasteurizer into production so that we can install two of them in a village near Ndola, Zambia.
We are field-testing our pasteurizer prototype in Zambia right now, and we are already providing clean, safe water to the people of Ndola. The village residents love the pasteurizer - they can't wait for the permanent installation of the next two. With your help, we will install two pasteurizers in this village by early 2014. We have partnered with SoHIP - a grassroots sanitation and development NGO in Zambia - to engage community leaders and ensure that the pasteurizer is culturally appropriate and effective in the field.
Director of Technology Damon Ogle setting up the pilot pasteurizing system in Ndola, Zambia.
What we need:
InStove needs $30,000 to place two water pasteurizers in Ndola, Zambia so that we can provide safe water to over 2,000 people each day.
If we exceed our goal, any additional funds will be used to produce and place additional water pasteurizers in villages, refugee centers, schools, clinics, and other areas of high need.
How does the water pasteurizer work?
InStove's gravity-fed pasteurizer works with our 100 Liter Stove; it is 100% effective at eliminating all waterborne pathogens including hepatitis A, E. coli, shigella, entamoeba, retroviruses, polioviruses, giardia, cryptosporidium, and the bacteria that cause typhoid and cholera.
Team members collect water for sampling from a river in Ndola, Zambia.
Our system heats water to the pasteurization temperature (71ºC), and then releases it, treated, through a heat sensitive valve that prevents cooler, unpasteurized water from exiting. Our pasteurizers produce up to 100 gallons of water per hour. This is enough safe water to meet the needs of a village or community of displaced persons.
Lab intern, Dorcas and Director of Technology, Damon analyze water samples.
Institutional Stove Solutions—InStove—is a 501(c)(3) non-profit humanitarian organization founded in 2012. We are dedicated to relieving suffering, improving health, and reducing harm to the environment through the design and delivery of highly efficient biomass cookstoves, and associated technologies to the most vulnerable populations worldwide.
Over 1,000 of our cookstoves are currently in 23 countries, primarily in refugee camps in Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Kenya. We have also placed a fully functioning "Stove Factory-In-A-Box" in Nigeria, which employs local workers to create more than 10 stoves per day. Other technologies that work with our stoves include this pasteurizer, a paired autoclave, and a manually-operated, biomass briquette press.
Other ways to help
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Risks and challenges:
Will it be too difficult to train people to use the pasteurizer?No, we have trained many people to use our pasteurizer in this same region of Zambia. We have an established model for future training.
Is it safe to work in Zambia?Although some parts of Africa occasionally make the news for security reasons, our team will be working with known partners in a familiar community in Zambia—a country which has been called the second-safest in Africa.
Are there any problems associated with shipping the pasteurizers to Zambia?
No, our shipments are fully insured, and we have successfully shipped to 23 countries around the world.
How do you know the pasteurized water is safe to drink?With the help of our partner, SoHIP and their water-testing laboratory, our team of engineers in Zambia has already proven that the water our prototype produces is safe. The valve mechanism in the pasteurizer only permits clean, pasteurized water to leave the system.