Upcoming CeraMaji Developments

April 24, 2017

CeraMaji

Upcoming CeraMaji Developments

Many of our friends and supporters will remember Ceramaji (formerly the Kenya Ceramic Project) as ICChange’s oldest and longest running international health initiative. Since its inception in 2007, the goal of the project has been to provide affordable and dependable clean drinking water to families in need by producing and distributing household ceramic water filters to both rural and urban communities. Between 2010 and 2015, Ceramaji impacted the lives of over 100,000 people, and our filters became a common household name in western Kenya, easily recognizable in supermarkets, pharmacies and various distribution centers around the country. In August 2015, faced with the pressures of ever-increasing demand and the need for more efficient production and distribution strategies, we said goodbye to our factory home in Kiminini and began the process of planning a new high-output filter factory in the greater-Nairobi area.

February 2017 ICChange Trip

After an 18 month transition phase, during which Ceramji filters continued to be sold across the country from our stockpiled inventory, our vision for a new factory home is finally coming to fruition. This February, ICChange team members spent time in Kenya surveying a plot of land in the Kitengela area (approximately 30km southeast of Nairobi), which we anticipate will serve as the new factory site. The team worked with the local landowners, government authorities and a real estate lawyer to develop a lease agreement that is now in the final stages of negotiation.

ICChange hopes to begin construction of the new factory structure in spring/summer 2017. The first step in this process will involve moving the old equipment, materials and tools salvaged from the Kiminini factory from the Kenya Red Cross warehouse where it is currently being stored, to the Kitengela land site. Much of the physical infrastructure of the old factory was reclaimed during the teardown in August 2015 and will be repurposed for use in the new factory structure.

During construction, ICChange will also look to recruit a new labor and management team for the factory. Several of our previous employees and partners have stayed with the company and will be instrumental in engaging and training the new team members, who will be new to the ICChange and Ceramaji family. Finally, filter production will restart in late 2017/early 2018!

The past successes of Ceramaji and its bright and visionary future are a testament to the hard work and perseverance of all who have devoted their time, energy and resources to the project over the years. We wish to extend a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who have supported us these past 10 years and hope that you will continue to do so in this new and exciting phase. The road ahead still holds many challenges that will need to be overcome, but with your help we are confident that we can continue to reach incredible new heights!

Let’s make clean drinking water for all a reality!

ICChange. Do you?!

#MyImpact: ICChange 2016 Holiday Campaign

December 2, 2016

We are Innovative Canadians for Change

 

An Alberta-based not-for-profit organization, ICChange focuses on local and international initiatives that are redefining the conventional notions of development, charity, and aide. With our unique and cutting-edge approach, we have developed the principles and operating structure of a social enterprise, which has allowed us to expand our network over the past decade.

 

Our mission? To improve the quality of life and security of vulnerable populations worldwide by implementing successful interventions based on sustainable and scalable system-based models.

 

What does this mean?

 

This means that for over 10 years, we have dedicated our efforts to people like those in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya, the Kibera slum, where we developed and implemented a primary care focused electronic health record to improve affordable access to quality healthcare for all.

 

This means that we’ve worked with key partners, like the Kenya Red Cross Society, to improve the outcomes of trauma patients by creating national strategies in education, surgery, rehabilitation, and policy development in the future, while working to implement short-term solutions to improve injury care today.

 

This means that some of our first developments, like the Kenya Ceramic Project, is now so much more than just a project. It means that lessons we learned in supplying hundreds of families with access to clean water has helped us to widen that impact.

 

Diarrheal disease is one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of the five in rural Kenya, and it’s highly preventable. By producing inexpensive, efficient, and locally-sourced ceramic water filters, we have been able to provide impoverished communities with a point-of-use water filter that costs less than the treatment of the diseases it prevents.

 

Once located in Western rural Kenya, our factory is now growing in size and relocating near Nairobi to allow better manufacturing and distribution of our health product to those who need it most.

 

From December 1st to December 31st, help us to raise our goal of $5000 

 

… to help build the core of our factory: the kiln. This is where our clay “pots” are transformed into clay filters, burning away particles to add sieve-like properties while hardening the filter’s shape. The result? A sturdy filter than can now remove disease-causing bacteria and save millions of lives.

 

For just $25, you can buy a “brick”

 

… which will contribute to the walls of this kiln. If just 200 people buy a single brick each, we can fulfill our holiday goal of getting that much closer to a new water filter factory.

 

Throughout this campaign we will be reaching out to YOU to share how you’ve created change: paying it forward through purchasing someone’s coffee, or saying hello to a stranger, helping a friend move or even donating to our campaign, whatever that act of kindness is, we want to hear from you. Connect with us on Twitter @ICChangeAB and use the hashtag #MyImpact. Let’s start the ICChange movement and make this month a great way to end the year.

 

I See Change – do you?

 

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