Building on our successful partnership in Kenya, Manna Energy is again working with Vestergaard Frandsen, an international company specializing in complex emergency response and disease control products, to deploy LifeStraw Family water treatment systems in Indonesia, generating sustainable revenue through the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism.
In many regions of Indonesia, residents drink from water sources containing microbiological contamination. This leads to diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, and accounts for, according the World Health Organization, over 100 million people in Indonesia alone exposed to contaminated drinking water. To attempt to guard against this, the prevailing practice in Indonesia is to boil drinking water with wood, kerosene, or LPG. However, water boiling fuel is expensive, and, in the case of wood, is scarce and demonstrably non-renewable.
By combining carbon finance with the deployment of water treatment systems, this project will directly combine sustainable humanitarian development with international carbon markets. This will contribute to a nascent field wherein humanitarian goals are met in an economically sustainable and accountable way, rather than simply through unsustainable charity and aid.
Vestergaard Frandsen seeks to distribute several million LifeStraw® Family units, serving millions of Indonesians. These units will treat contaminated drinking water, and reduce the demand for conventional water treatment through boiling water with non-renewable biomass, kerosene, or liquid petroleum gas (LPG). With the assistance of carbon finance, this project can be economically sustainable and provide a significant improvement in public health
With Mercy Corps and Portland State University, Manna Energy Limited is developing and implementing usage monitors for a statistically significant sample of handwashing stations and latrines in periurban Jakarta, Indonesia. Mercy Corps invests significant resources in water and sanitation infrastructure and behavior change programs, as well as monitoring and evaluation staff time, while knowing that survey data is biased towards showing success. With these simple, reliable and transparent sensors with remote data access, Mercy Corps will soon be able to identify usage trends between sanitation and water systems, seasonal differences, impact of events, and most importantly identify strengths, weaknesses and differences between implementations that will allow Mercy Corps to better allocate resources and ultimately realize cost savings.