The result of the voting:
- Ingenieure ohne Grenzen (receives 30,000 euros)
- Viva con Agua (receives 15,000 euros)
- BORDA (receives 10,000 euros)
We congratulate all three organizations and look forward to the cooperation. Shortly we will report on the first steps to support the projects on www.hansa-flex.com.
In the picture (from left to right): Thomas Armerding (Chief Executive Officer HANSA-FLEX AG), Johannes Tomczak (Viva con Agua), Mareike Demel (Ingenieure ohne Grenzen), Stefan Reuter (BORDA), Uwe Buschmann (Member of the Board HANSA-FLEX AG), Christian-Hans Bültemeier (Member of the Board HANSA-FLEX AG)
The year 2018 is slowly drawing to a close and so the HANSA-FLEX Christmas campaign “Donations instead of gifts” will soon be celebrating its anniversary. Last Christmas, on the occasion of the company’s 55th anniversary, HANSA-FLEX donated 55,000 euros in support of three aid organisations and their selected projects. All three are committed to providing unhindered access to clean drinking water worldwide and to environmentally friendly sewage treat solutions.
A lot has happened at the project sites in India, Nepal and Guinea since the donation cheques were handed over in January of this year. As the end of a year is always accompanied by a look back on past events, here is a summary of the concrete progress which has been made this year with the help of the HANSA-FLEX donation.
“WASH goes to school” is the name of the project of the private aid organisation Ingenieure ohne Grenzen e.V to which HANSA-FLEX donated 30,000 euros. In Kanty, a village in a remote mountain region in inland Guinea, a rainwater cistern was to be erected for the village school. More than 100 pupils had previously had no direct access to clean drinking water and were therefore exposed to serious health risks.
Thanks to the support provided by HANSA-FLEX, in the first quarter of this year all the project’s milestones were achieved within the time frame set. By March, a rainwater cistern with a capacity of 60,000 litres had been built, giving the pupils of the village school direct access to clean drinking water. A hand washing station was also installed by the end of March and handed over to the care of the local teacher.
But even after the employees of Ingenieure ohne Grenzen had left, the work continued. A project partner completed the remaining work on the cistern, so that its infeed could be opened and the water reservoir filled with rainwater. The rainy season in Guinea continues until October. Subsequently the project partner will sample the collected water in order to draw an initial conclusion on the results.
A comprehensive brochure on the measures taken so far can be found here.
Viva con Agua de St. Pauli e.V. is committed to providing clean drinking water and the installation of a hygiene management system in the Chitwan region southwest of the capital Kathmandu in Nepal. The organisation received 15,000 euros from HANSA-FLEX for its project in the rural area. The declared aim of this commitment is to improve the living conditions of around 40,000 people, and this year a great deal has been done to achieve this goal. Eight schools have been supplied with clean drinking water and six with sanitary facilities.
In addition, Viva con Agua has conducted hand washing and hygiene workshops at the schools concerned in order to improve the hygiene habits of the youngest children. The members of the village communities have also been trained. They have been taught how to use water quality tests and made more aware of the risks of water pollution. In addition, a drinking water system has been installed which now supplies 400 households (2,500 people) with clean, running water.
The aim of BORDA e.V. was to set up a sewage sludge treatment system in one of the highest cities in the world. At 3,500 metres, the city of Leh lies in the northern part of India. Here the lack of an environmentally friendly and watertight sewage treatment plant led to water pollution, which endangered the health of the local population as well as the environment.
Thanks to the HANSA-FLEX donation of EUR 10,000 BORDA, in cooperation with the Blue Water Company and the municipal administration, was able to build a sewage sludge treatment plant in record time. Since then around 12,000 litres of faecal sludge, which had previously been discharged untreated into the Indus river, can be processed daily in Leh. BORDA and its cooperation partners are currently investigating how the operation of the plant can be further improved.