In villages in the region, safe drinking water is often not available. In fact, only 12% of Madagascar's rural population currently has access to potable water. As a result, the frequency of water-related diseases and child mortality is high. Project Lambahoany provides clean drinking water to the villages participating in the eco-tourism project by installing a solar-powered water purifier (Naïade).
Being designed for larger communities, the Naïade facilitates the supply of drinking water for a greater number of people, up to 500. Installed right next to the point of supply, everyone in the village can use the Naïade. The energy from the solar panel is used for a UV lamp that will kill all microbes. For the hours without sunlight, a simple, locally-purchased car battery, which is charged by the unit itself and is integrated in the system, will do.
The Naïade is supplied by the Dutch company Nedap. The first Naïade, installed in the village Fetraomby, has been financed through a donation from Athos Origin Third World Fund.