Our education program is the most important part of the Maji Salama, Inc. water/hygiene/sanitation program. It provides the foundation to improve the life expectancy of all Ugandans over time.
Maji Salama, Inc., working with the Uganda Ministries of Local Governments, Health and Education in a partnership arrangement (see MOU - National Government of Uganda Ministries of Local Governments, Health and Education), will develop training aide materials to train health clinic personnel and teachers at each location where the water systems are installed of the health benefits in the use of clean/purified water.
The training material will focus on health-related diseases caused by using unsanitized water for drinking, processing food to eat and personal hygiene. The second part of the training focuses on how many ways water can be purified economically at home and hygiene and sanitation methods for use by the whole family.
Training will be done by persons certified by the Uganda Ministries of Health. The trainer will verbally explain the training material that has been developed. Each attendee will be given copies of the training materials to take home for family use.
From the lesson learned and material provided each clinic health worker will then educate the mothers and patients of these lifesaving health benefits. The school teachers of each grade will teach the children the lifesaving health benefits. Each person will learn that drinking and using clean water in their everyday life will reduce death in their families and diseases that cause other related health problems. Each will be provided a copy of training material to take home.
Our focus is on the mothers of children at the clinic and primary age school children. The young are most receptive to water borne diseases. If you teach the mothers and young children, they will help teach their family members the lifesaving benefits of clean water and the many ways water can be purified.
The above health education program sets up the foundation to increase the life expectancy of the people of Uganda at a cost of pennies per day per person.
Educating Teachers and Health Workers.
Our plan for providing water purification systems and education program throughout Uganda is guided by the in-country Vice President and a Technical Operations Manager under the supervision of the President. The Vice President will be the single interface with all local and national Government officials in keeping them abreast of our progress and assisting the Government in developing the purified water educational program. The Technical Operations Manager will establish teams of installation technicians for installing water systems in each Government district. The system will be assembled in Kampala and taken to district where it will be installed. Kampala will also be the central point for supplies and materials. Each installation team will be supervised by a Team Leader who is employed by Maji Salama, Inc. and has been trained in all aspects of the installation process by the Training Manager. The Training Manager is supported by fully trained technicians in all aspects of the installation requirements . The current technicians, in addition to performing installation duties, will help train new employees in their field of expertise. They are water purification equipment installer; water system collection, storage and distribution installer; solar equipment installer; fabricator and installer of the purification equipment security enclosure; installer of foundation/s for the water storage tanks.
Other employees will be hired and trained from each of the local districts to meet installation schedules. We will consider using Ugandan subcontractors and part-time employees as needed at each government district also.
A supply of spare parts will be stored at a central storage location in Kampala for parts purchased outside of Uganda and those available in Kampala and not readily available in the Districts where water systems are being installed. This central supply point provides a vital link to support the field installation teams. The installation teams and logistic distribution system will require a robust transportation capability as we expand into the many districts of Uganda.
Discussing water system implementation schedules.
The planned methods for installing the total water purification system at each site consist of assembling the purification equipment together as a complete unit at a location in Kampala along with fabricating a security enclosure. They then will be transported to the site where they will be connected to solar panels for electricity and to the water storage tanks. The solar panels will be assembled and installed at the site as will the water collection and storage tanks. For each site the logistic organization will provide a local source or transport the water collection gutters, piping and storage tanks to the sites, where our technician will construct the storage tank(s) foundation, install the gutters and piping to the tanks and to the water purification equipment.
Our engineering of the system plays an important part in reducing cost both from the installation of the system and the maintenance. The system is designed to be configured toward the number of the people being served, thus saving on numbers of filters and UV lights, solar cell, batteries, water tanks, size of electric motors and other parts. The maintenance is improved first by how accessible the equipment is to the operator, using pressure gauges that help to determine when filters need to be cleaned, installation of pre-filters to minimize cleaning critical filters, designing a thorough maintenance program along with providing proper tools.
Our installation approach is based on lessons learned on past installations. We believe when we began to install the system to meet our schedule, we will be able to reduce cost by volume buying of equipment and material and our efficient installation process as described herein. Our average cost for past installation has been 5,000 dollars not including overhead. Even at this first-year investment cost we can provide purified water to drink and educate the school children and mothers of new born of the health benefits of clean water and the many ways water can be purified at home for home use for an amortized cost of 10 dollars per person in the first year. This small amount would pay for the total capital investment cost of the system. Therefore, the second year and on the capital cost are zero as the Uganda Government is paying for the operation and maintenance of the system.
Technicians plumbing storage tanks.