The SMART Centre and SNV are organising an introductory short course to provide policy makers and practitioners in water and agricultural management with a holistic set of knowledge and skills to take water and agricultural initiatives to the next level, to become true agents of change and accelerate reaching several SDGs simultaneously.
The course will take place from 19 – 23 March 2018 at the CCAP SMART Centre in Mzuzu, Malawi.
The course schedule is divided into the following themes:
The SMART Centre approach
SMARTechs for agriculture and productive use
SMARTechs for water and sanitation
Business development, marketing support and coaching
For registration please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, enclosing a CV as well as a short motivation letter (max. 400 words). Applications should preferably be received by the 27th of February to ensure ample visa processing time.
From 16 – 26 January the CCAP SMART Centre is running a course in ‘Basic Manual Drilling’.
The Basic Manual Drilling training will train in the Mzuzu Drilling Technology. This basic manual drilling technology combines Auguring and Bailing is capable of drilling wells of up to 18 meters deep and is especially suitable for soft soils (sand, clay, small gravel). The method can also be used to deepen existing hand dug wells in order to ensure a year round supply of water.
Course topics are:
Course outline: Theory of Manual Drilling (Mzuzu Drilling)
Mzuzu Drilling toolset
Safety during drilling
Drilling as a business
Includes practice in the field
Those interested can contact the CCAP SMART Centre through email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently the CCAP SMART Centre and Temwa, together with two Virginia Tech students, visited Usisya for a half year follow-up survey of the Try and Buy filter pilot. The survey has generated some exciting and interesting results on the adoption rate, the willingness to pay for filters as well as health effects of using the filter.
Off the households that collected the filter, 98% decided to keep the filter and pay for it after the Trial period has ended.
At least 80% of the households use the filter all the time.
Almost 90% of the households reported a drop in the frequency of diarrhea after they started using the filter.
Improved health, ease to use, taste & appearance of the water were key factors for households to decide to purchase the filter.
Over 95% of the users was able to demonstrate how to properly clean the filter.
Based on the findings a report has been written which can be downloaded through the link below:
UNICEF and PumpAid have recently published a great video showing the effect of the SMART Centre work
The CCAP SMART Centre has been involved in a self-supply program of PumpAid funded through UNICEF and DfID. As one of the activities the SMART Centre trained area mechanics in the installation and maintenance of Rope pumps. Our welder in Kasungu, Mr. Brighton Kaniki was also involved in the self-supply program as supplier of pumps.
Recently, PumpAid published a short video portraying some of the businesses trained by the SMART Centre, showing promising results. This video shows the effect and potential of the SMART Centre work and the self-supply program of PumpAid.
Reinier VeldmanUNICEF and DfID support Self-supply in Malawi
The CCAP SMART Centre has recently held a training on the use of ‘Mzuzu Drill’.
Mzuzu Drill is a low-cost method of drilling a borehole which has recently been developed through the SMART Centres. With the method you are able to drill a shallow well of up to 12 meters within 2 days and it can also be used to deepen existing (hand dug) wells which have dried
During the training the 12 participants constructed two wells to evaluate two different bailers used to drill the well. So far, six other wells have been succesfully drilled for private clients and we managed to also deepen one well
Two staff members from the Jacana SMART Centre in Chipata, Zambia also participated in the training and it has helped to exchange experiences and tips & tricks.
The CCAP SMART Centre team recently organised an Open Day for CCAP colleagues. Staff from different departments of the CCAP, Synod of Livingstonia, passed by to appreciate and learn more on the technologies the SMART Centre is promoting.
In the weeks before the Open Day the team worked hard to further build-up the demonstration ground through the installation of a number of pumps, the building of toilets and other SMARTechs.
An Open Day for the general public will follow soon.
Reinier VeldmanSuccessfull Open Day at the SMART Centre
The CCAP SMART Centre is currently hosting a Rope pump producers training. Two established welders (Mr. Brighton Kaniki and Mr. Allex Chakwanira) are training four new companies in the fabrication of Rope pumps. The companies have existing shops in Rumphi, Nkhamenya and Mzokoto and adding these to the SMART Centre will help to increase the visibility of the Rope pump.
During the training each producer works on a set of jigs to fabricate each part of the Rope pump. The jigs will help to standardize the Rope pumps as having uniform Rope pumps allows for easy maintenance and the changing of parts, as parts from different shops will fit.
Reinier VeldmanRope pump training at the SMART Centre
At the school for Visually Impaired in Ekwendeni (about 20km North of Mzuzu) the SMART Centre has recently installed a water system and constructed a wash basin. The project has been carried out in cooperation with the GZB and Cypressa.
The school now has a borehole and storage tank which will help to reduce the cost of running the school. The SMART Centre will also install solar panels to be able to pump water during blackouts.
To increase the hygiene situation at the school a washbasin has been constructed by Mr. Gondwe and Helbert Makonda, two of the entrepeneurs trained by the SMART Centre. The washbasin by the children to wash their clothes and to wash their dishes after the school lunch.
Reinier VeldmanOpening of water system at Blindschool, Ekwendeni