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WaterAid changes millions of lives every year, working in 28 countries to provide clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.
In Sweden we have good access to clean water. Still, water is essential in our lives, and we should never take it for granted.
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The Winnovator challenge - 3 facts:
Where are we going?
ESwatini is a small country, bordering South Africa and Mozambique, with a population of 1,3 million. Our challenge is the dry area of Lowveld.
Almost one in three people do not have clean water and two in five have no access to toilets.
Ka-Ben needs help.
Our challenge is in Ka-Ben, a village where climate change has negatively influenced the land and ecosystems. In the last 15 years there has been a 12 percent increase in days with temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius, and up to a 50 percent decline in precipitation during the start of the rainy season.
This causes food insecurity and increases poverty.
WaterAid eSwatini has designed a mini water supply systems for the people of Ka-Ben, where housholds can buy clean water. A single
person´s daily requirement of water is 25 litres, but supply will not meet this demand.
Our challenge is to improve the system to maximise water avaliable to meet the needs of the people in Ka-ben.
In september 2019 will we turn in our submission.
We did it!
Our fundraise total was 118 000 SEK. We also came up with the Level Up solution - where an additional pump may increase the waterproduction i Ka-Ben with 60%. In October, a jury from WaterAid will decide which team submitted the best ideas.
Vakins team, Team Rimfrost:
Urban Larsson, technical development, team manager
Mikael Långström, water production, process engineer
Sara Boström, water production, process engineer
Malin Edin, water production, environmental engineer
Sven Tunell, water & wastewater, production manager
Elin Wikman, economy support, controller
Cecilia Bergstén, HR support, strategist
Elin Bäckman, communications support, communicator
We will use hand, brain and heart to help solve the problem presented for us by Winnovators. In return, the Winnovators program will increase water awareness in our community. We want people to care about and care for their water. We will also grow as a team, and gain new skills.
OK Västerbotten - donated carwash tickets to WaterAid, in exchange for a fundraising event at one of their gas stations.
Nolia Trädgård - we got the best spot at the entrance of the garden show, for our fundraising event: Climate friendly gardens.
Recruitment company Vedea AB, team/leadership development.
Allmiljö AB, waste management, recycling and and household waste.
Link Arkitektur AB, architect company.
Umeå Food Festival, a sustainable food festival in Umeå.
ImpHRove, an HR company.
Thank you for supporting Winnovators and WaterAid!
Do you know where eSwatini is? Or Sweden? Not many do. There is some difference. ESwatini is a small, hot and dry country in the southern part of Africa. Sweden is a small, cold country in the northern part of Europe, usually with plenty of water. But 2018 something happened. We had a drought, forests were burning and water was suddenly something that wasn´t always there.
Team Vakin is a proud representative of Sweden, the city of Umeå and our company, Vakin. Close to the polar circle, with long cold snowy winters and an abundance of water, we are truly far from the countries in need of WaterAid.
Despite the differences, water is essential in our lives as well, and we should never take it for granted.
Follow Team Rimfrost
In spring and summer 2019 you can find us
at local events. Can you carry 20 l of water?
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