The project is based around the rehabilitation of boreholes in Northern Uganda, supplying families with fresh clean water. The co2balance community borehole project is unique in that it concentrates on finding existing but damaged water supplies and boreholes and repairs them to restore clean water supplies to the community. Utilizing carbon finance as a long term funding mechanism ensures security for the continuation of the borehole safeguarding the community into the future. Once a borehole is in operation, providing clean water without the need to boil it, co2balance are able to generate carbon credits. By monitoring the amount of clean water delivered each day as a result of the maintenance project, co2balance can calculate the fuel saved by not having to boil water to purify it. These fuel savings result in CO2 emission reductions, which are independently verified and then registered as carbon credits.
Access to safe drinking water is a serious issue in Africa effecting the health and well-being of local communities. A survey by the International Institute for Environment and Development (2009) revealed that there are an estimated 50,000 defective water supply installations (IIED 2009). In addition, it was estimated that 40-50% of hand pumps in sub-saharan Africa were not working (Diwi Consult & BIDR, 1994).
Adongo Fiona says "My name is Adongo Fiona, I am 13 years old and I study in Telela Primary School. I am in level 3 and my best subject is science. I want to be a nurse when I finish school. I am happy for this borehole because I no longer have to travel long distances to collect water for our household. We no longer suffer from diseases like diarrhoea and typhoid because the water is clean. Thank you for this water."
The carbon offsetting that has taken place thanks to Creative Foods Europe has resulted in numerous impacts to the local communities within Uganda as follows:
- CO₂ prevented - 522 tCO₂
- Wood saved - 369 tonnes
- Total people impacted - 298
- Clean water supplied - 651,860 litres