DelAgua Health To Use Carbon Financing To Bring Clean Water and Efficient Energy To Rwanda –
Over 3 Million People Will Receive Water Filters and High Efficiency Cook Stoves, Reducing Need for Wood Fuel
Embedded Monitoring Devices Measure Effectiveness
3 million people in Rwanda’s 30 districts will receive water filters and high efficiency cook stoves for home use in a public health investment beginning in May 2012. DelAgua Health is running the project in partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Health and the Rwandan Environmental Management Authority. Manna Energy Limited is assisting DelAgua Health, the social enterprise that pioneered carbon financed water treatment.
The campaign will begin with pilot projects in May 2012 culminating in a full rollout over 6 weeks in 2014. This is a $70m, twenty-year project. Both the stoves and filters will be distributed free of charge by DelAgua Health to Ubudehe categories 1 and 2, the government defined poorest 30% of Rwanda. The devices will be maintained as necessary from a local facility, which will ultimately manufacture stoves for use in Rwanda and for export. The filters will be replaced every three years and the stoves will be replaced every five years. Health education and technical support will be provided for the duration of the project.
The deployment in Rwanda’s Western Province will benefit 3 million people and includes a household scale water treatment system that addresses microbiological contamination, and a high efficiency cook stove that will reduce indoor air pollution and fuel use. Neither system requires electricity.
Investing in Public Health
This project is an investment in the public health and future of Rwanda, and will directly employ several thousand Rwandans during deployment, and several hundred during annual monitoring, education and maintenance activities.
Monitoring and Accountability
DelAgua Health will work with the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Portland State University to conduct controlled research studies on the project. These independent studies are designed to examine the technology adoption, behavior change, and public health impacts.
About DelAgua Health
DelAgua Health was founded to combine international carbon finance with public health technology deployments in developing countries, enabling sustained engagement with partner communities. For more information, please visit delaguahealth.com.
About Manna Energy Limited
Manna Energy Limited, an international leader in combining carbon finance markets with developing communities, registered the world’s first United Nations Clean Development Mechanism carbon program for water treatment. Manna also successfully developed and registered the first Gold Standard carbon credit water treatment program. For more information, please visit mannaenergy.com.