Commonly Asked Questions
When was Innovation: Africa founded and by whom?
Innovation: Africa is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that came into existence in 2008. It was initiated by its CEO and founder, Sivan Yaari
What is the objective of Innovation: Africa?
Where are your operations based?
Do you have on-the-ground team members in Africa?
Absolutely. We have over 140 dedicated full-time employees, including water, civil, and electrical engineers, field officers, and managers based in Africa who oversee the smooth implementation of our solar and water projects. Click Here for more information about our team.
What does a solar project involve and what is its cost?
Our solar projects involve setting up solar power at a primary or secondary school or a medical center in a rural African village. This includes the installation of solar panels, electrical wiring, light bulbs, and our unique technology Energy Box, along with a remote monitoring system to maintain the projects at peak efficiency and sustainability.
These solar systems light up the facilities including all the classrooms/treatment rooms and provide electricity to the homes of onsite doctors, nurses, or teachers. The cost to undertake these transformative projects stands at $20,000. Click here for more about our solar projects.
What does a water project entail and what is its cost?
Our solar water pumping system pump clean and safe water to the residents of rural African villages, who otherwise depend solely on open and contaminated water sources.
Collaborating with local contractors, we drill into the aquifer, install a submersible solar pump, build a 10-meter tower, and distribute the water throughout the village to up to 15 taps. This life-changing provision costs up to $65,000 for a village of a minimum of 3000 people.
Click here to understand the steps in our water projects.
Donating and Sponsoring
What percentage of a donation is allocated to the actual project cost?
Every penny of your donation is directed towards a project, 100% of it. Thanks to a group of generous donors, all our overhead costs, including travel expenses and salaries, are covered.
Can I donate even if I don’t want to sponsor a full project?
Maintenance and Community engagement
How do you ascertain the potability of the water?
Upon successful drilling, we collect a water sample and send it to a laboratory for comprehensive analysis. This ensures that the water is safe and suitable for human consumption.
What impact do your projects have?
Our water projects immensely improve the lives of community members. Clean water not only enhances villagers’ health and eliminates waterborne diseases but also enables higher school attendance and frees women from the burdensome task of fetching water from distant, contaminated sources. As a result, economic stability begins to emerge, with businesses being established such as brick-making and agricultural programs.
Solar projects in schools or medical centers bring about a significant transformation in the lives of students and patients. The availability of electricity facilitates studying, and medical procedures and can power crucial equipment like vaccine refrigerators, which have become more essential than ever due to the pandemic.
How do you ensure the sustainability of your projects?
Sustainability is at the heart of our mission. We aim to provide communities with long-term solutions for light and clean water.
Our Remote Monitoring system, a recipient of the United Nations Innovation Award, enables us and our donors to track real-time data on the energy and water consumed by any of our projects from anywhere in the world. In case of technical issues, alerts are generated enabling our local team of engineers to fix the problem immediately, thus ensuring the project’s long-term success.
Do you collaborate with local communities?
Yes, we work closely with the communities we serve. Holding frequent community meetings to keep them well-informed and engaged. Our dedicated Field Officers cooperate with the communities to establish solar/water committees to oversee projects.
In all our water projects, we train 10 selected community members in various aspects of the construction process. These trained individuals can handle small issues, ensuring the long-term success of the water projects. They also receive a certificate of completion, which aids in future job opportunities.
Innovation: Africa is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was established in 2008, by its Founder & CEO, Sivan Yaari.
Our mission is simple yet transformative as we bring Israeli solar, water, and agricultural technologies to rural African villages. Since our establishment, Innovation: Africa has completed over 800 projects, providing solar energy and light to schools and medical centers and crucially, pumping clean water in remote villages. The projects have impacted over 3.8 million people across 10 African countries.
We have projects across Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, eSwatini, Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia and Senegal and are currently expanding to Rwanda.
We value our team of changemakers which includes over 120 full-time employees, the majority of whom are civil, water and electrical engineers, field officers and managers working across Africa to ensure the successful installation of our solar and water projects. Click here to learn more about our team.
Our solar projects include the installation of solar energy at a primary school, secondary school or medical center located in a rural African village. The solar systems include the installation of solar panels, electrical wiring, light bulbs, Innovation: Africa’s innovative technology The Energy Box as well as our remote monitoring system to ensure that the projects are operating at the highest, most efficient and sustainable standards.
The solar system provides light and electricity to the facility as well as to the homes of the doctors, nurses or teachers living at the center. The cost to transform these facilities and provide brighter futures is $20,000. Click here to learn more about our solar projects.
Our solar water pumping system provides safe and clean water to community members living in rural African villages, who rely solely on open and contaminated water sources. Working with local contractors, we drill into the aquifer and install a submersible solar pump to bring the water up from the ground and distribute it throughout the village. The water provided instantly transform the lives of thousands of community members at a cost of up to $65,000. Click here to learn more about the steps involved in our water projects.
100% of your donation will go to a project, as thanks to a generous group of donors, our overhead expenses, including salaries and travel costs are covered.
Following each successful drilling, a water sample is collected and sent to a laboratory for a thorough analysis to ensure the water is safe and fit for human consumption.
Providing water to an entire village is a gift that will immeasurably change the lives of thousands of community members. At the highest level, water will improve the health of the villagers, eradicate waterborne diseases, enable more students to attend school and alleviate pressure on the women who are no longer required to travel significant distances to collect water from contaminated sources and can now use their time more effectively. In turn, economic stability begins to take place, as businesses are established, including brick-making and agricultural programs as they are able to grow vegetables and sell the surplus in local markets.
Providing solar energy to a school or medical centre truly transforms the well-being of the students/patients. With solar energy, electricity for lights is installed throughout the school or medical centre providing guiding light for studying, medical procedures and deliveries. With electricity, the facilities will be able to utilise laptops, essential medical equipment and most centrally, power a vaccine refrigerator, which given the pandemic has been more critical than ever.
Sustainability is at the core of our mission as we want to ensure that our solutions will provide light and/or clean water to communities for decades to come.
We are proud to have received the United Nations Innovation Award for our Remote Monitoring system which provides our teams and our donors with the ability to track live, the amount of energy and water consumed at any of our projects, at any given time, from anywhere in the world. Crucially, should a technical malfunction occur, an alert will be issued and our local team of engineers will be able to address the issue right away, thereby ensuring the long-term success and sustainability of the project.
We are delighted to be working together with the local communities we serve and conduct regular community meetings to ensure they are fully informed and engaged throughout the project. Our gifted Field Officers work with the communities to select a solar/water committee who will help oversee the projects and ensure its successful implementation.
Moreover, in all of our water projects, we implement a training program whereby 10 selected community members are hired, paid and trained by our contractors in various aspects of the construction process, including the water network design, plumbing, cement mixing, brick making and so on. This training program helps ensure the long-term sustainability and success of the water projects as these community members now have the skills required to maintain their own water systems and address to any small malfunctions, including tap replacements, should they occur. Moreover, the trainees receive a certificate of completion which helps with future employment opportunities.
Absolutely! Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated and will go toward providing rural African communities with light and clean water.