By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
The management of Binatone has sponsored the commissioning of a second rural water plant (Project MAJI) at the Antsenbua 2, a village in the Komenda District of the Central Region after the company.
This follows the successful installation of the first plant in Atentan in the Assin Foso North District of the Central Region. These water plants expected to relieve thousands of people from lack of proper drinking water.
The ‘Project MAJI” solution using solar power to pump water from deep boreholes with no reliance on outside sources of power making this unit both independent and sustainable.
The pump is powered by its own source of energy, unlike a hand pump. A “Project MAJI” can pump water from deeper sources, run the water through a filtration system and provide up to 10,000 litres of clean potable water to the people every day.
At the commission, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founder of Project MAJI, Mr. Sunil Lalvani explained that ‘‘we are excited to have undertaken this social responsibility project with the aim of liberating the communities from the scarcity of potable water and its associated diseases.”
He said they took the initiative after they saw couple of articles about water issues in Africa and that enlightened and encouraged them by continuing to research more on the subject and became appalled by the injustice of Water Poverty.
‘‘I became somewhat passionate to do something about it. Using my business background and experience in the electronics industry, it was relatively easy to put the knowhow together to create a sustainable potable water plant designed for villages,’’ he added.
He said what concerned him most during the research phase was the amount of hand pumps that had been deployed in villages that had been become dysfunctional during his visit to some of the communities. ‘‘I made it a core goal of “Project MAJI” not to only provide and install water plants, but also to maintain them,’’ he stated, adding that sustainability in all aspects is central to the Project MAJI mission.
Cutting the tape to officially opening the plant, Mr. Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, the Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development praised the initiators of the plant, the technology and the achievement and acknowledged the need for such interventions, especially in rural areas.
He called for more Public Private Partnership (PPP) appreciating that the government is unable to achieve that level of penetration on its own, therefore need more partners.
The Managing Director of Binatone-Ghana, Mr. Venu Babu mentioned that ‘‘it is a great pleasure to sponsor these noble projects as part of our corporate social responsibility (CSR).”
Dr. Stephen Nana Ato Arthur, the Member of Parliament for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA), the Chief of the area as well as other officials graced the occasion and thanked “Project MAJI” and Binatone for this social intervention.
Binatone was among the first few brands to provide 2 year product warranties to its customers in Ghana. Ghana chosen as the first African market for the launch as the brand continues to celebrate its 40 years in Africa and 20 years in Ghana.