Ocean Network Express and Project Maji join hands to provide safe water access in Rural Ghana and Kenya
London, 13 September 2023 – Ocean Network Express (ONE), a global container shipping company, is delighted to announce its partnership with Project Maji, a pan-African safe water NGO, to address the critical issue of clean water access in rural communities in Ghana and Kenya. This partnership, made through its subsidiary and regional headquarters Ocean Network Express (Europe) Ltd., aims to transform many lives by installing multiple solar-powered water access points, significantly improving health and education prospects.
Recognising the pressing need for clean water and its transformative impact on communities, ONE has funded the implementation of sustainable water solutions in both Ghana and Kenya as well as financing free water kiosks supplying rural schools. This contribution is set to make an immediate and lasting difference in the lives of those who have long grappled with water borne diseases and unsafe drinking water.
In Ghana, ONE has sponsored the creation of the Project Maji River Solution on the banks of the Volta River, featuring a pumping and filtration station that supplies safe water to three Maji towers spread out across the Adidokpoe and Afalekpoe communities. This positively impacts the lives of over 4500 people in the two rural communities. Additionally, ONE has extended its support to Kenya by funding the establishment of the Maji Plus system, a comprehensive solar piped system providing safe water for a population of 3000. By facilitating access to clean water, ONE and Project Maji are not only safeguarding the health of individuals but also triggering a positive chain reaction across various aspects of these communities.
At the core of these initiatives is technology that involves rapid sand filtration, a water purification method that treats both surface and river water making it fit for human consumption and domestic use. The Maji tower is a structure constructed with a concrete platform to hold a 2500L tank which supplies water through 3 dispensing taps fitted with a cashless dispensing system. For convenience, the tower offers 2 spouts at overhead height to facilitate people fetching water with a head bucket as well as a standard height spout. Through the establishment of multiple water dispensing points, residents gain convenient access to clean water, eliminating the need for arduous journeys to distant water sources. Moreover, the provision of free water access in local schools contributes to a conducive learning environment which will help foster the growth of the next generation.
This partnership also signifies ONE’s commitment to Sub-Saharan Africa, with its established offices in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa, and the launch of Ocean Network Express Kenya Ltd. in April this year. By engaging with local communities, ONE reaffirms its dedication to sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, and vision to create a lasting impact beyond business operations.
"We are thrilled to collaborate with Project Maji to address the critical water crisis affecting underserved communities in Ghana and Kenya," said Jeremy Nixon, CEO at Ocean Network Express. "Access to clean water is a fundamental human right, and through our partnership, we are working towards creating a positive ripple effect that will extend beyond health benefits to areas like education, income levels, and gender empowerment."
Expressing his thoughts on the partnership, Sunil Lalvani, Founder & CEO Project Maji, says:
“At Project Maji, our mission is to transform lives by providing sustainable access to safe water. We are thrilled to join forces with Ocean Network Express in our pursuit of this noble goal. The sponsored River solution for the Volta River communities exemplifies the power of partnerships in creating sustainable impact. Together, we can bring safe water to those who need it most, empowering communities and fostering a brighter, healthier future for all.”
As ONE and Project Maji embark on this journey, they invite other organizations and stakeholders to join hands in the pursuit of sustainable solutions that uplift communities, promote health, and drive economic progress.
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About Ocean Network Express (Europe) Ltd.
Launched on April 1, 2018, Ocean Network Express (Europe) Ltd. is the regional headquarters and a subsidiary of Ocean Network Express (ONE), headquartered in Singapore.
About Ocean Network Express (ONE)
Ocean Network Express (ONE) was incepted on July 7, 2017, following the liner service integrations of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” LINE), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK). The new entity functions from its global headquarter in Singapore, supported by regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States and Brazil. Operating more than 210 vessels, it offers an expeditious and a reliable international network of over 170 services to 120 countries and beyond. ONE is the world’s sixth largest container carrier with a fleet size of approximately 1.69 million TEU. ONE is a member of THE Alliance (THEA), a global ocean carrier consortium. For more information, please visit https://www.one-line.com/
About Project Maji
Project Maji is a non-profit safe water enterprise, working to provide sustainable access to safe water to rural communities and growth centres in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. We design, deploy, and maintain solar-powered water solutions. Till date, we have deployed 180+ solar-powered water points across communities in rural Ghana, Kenya and Uganda serving over 250,000 people. A registered NGO in Ghana and UAE, and an official member of the International Humanitarian City in Dubai, Project Maji is on a mission to serve 1 million people with clean water by the year 2025.
For more information, please visit www.projectmaji.org