The Adventure Project focuses our efforts on the top preventable diseases affecting under-five child-mortality: pneumonia, diarrhea, malnutrition and preterm birth complications. We are tackling these issues by investing in four verticals: Environment, Health, Hunger, and Water.

Environment

There are 3 billion people in the world burning wood, charcoal, or coal in open fires or in inefficient stoves for cooking and heating. Cooking over open fires is one of the world’s biggest, but least known, killers. 

Four million people die each year from breathing in toxic cooking smoke. We help to recruit and train local people to manufacture and sell fuel-efficient stoves locally that reduce toxic cooking smoke. 

A stove saves a family 20% of their daily expenses because they use 50% less fuel each day. One stove also saves six trees from being turned into charcoal each year, and reduces 1.5 tons of black carbon emissions each year.

Health

Every minute, six children die in the developing world because they do not have access to basic medicines – treatments that cost less than a cup of coffee

There is also a healthcare worker shortage -- only 2.3 healthcare workers per a population of 1,000 exists in Africa. 

TAP’s solution is to train local leaders to become health care agents, so they can earn a living selling over 60 health products at affordable prices. 

Each person cares for approximately 800 people in their community, paying special attention to pregnant mothers and young children.

Hunger

80% of the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa work as rural subsistence farmers. 

Each night, 75% of their children go hungry because they struggle to grow enough to feed their families, especially during the dry season. 

Land is abundant, but they do not have sufficient inputs to maximize agriculture. 

They need tools to maximize the utility of their land and produce food. 

12-15 million farmers in Africa would benefit from irrigation. 

One irrigation pump can lift a farmer and his family out of poverty and into the middle class in as little as one harvest. On average, each farmer with access to irrigation grows enough to provide produce to 50 community members, and earns enough to send one child to school for the first time.

Water

Water is one of our most basic needs for survival. We believe that everyone deserves clean water. 

Over one-third of all wells drilled in the last twenty years are now broken – 50,000 are currently broken in Africa alone. They remain broken because communities lack access to spare parts, tools and trained well mechanics to keep them working.  

TAP helps to train local well mechanics and caretakers to fix and maintain wells, creating a sustainable way to ensure wells are working so people always have access to clean water.

In each impact area, we work with entrepreneurs to come up with innovative solutions.

Solutions For Environment: Train Efficient Cookstove Makers

Our stove masons create efficient cook stoves that reduce smoke emissions. 

Reducing smoke emissions will result in lowering the preventable diseases and deaths. 

In addition, efficient stoves reduce fuel use by 30-60%, which results in decreasing black carbon emissions by 50-90% that could lead to a positive and rapid climate response.

Solutions For Health: Train Community Health Promoters

Community Health Promoters go door-to-door to teach families how to improve their health and wealth and sell life-changing products such as simple treatments for malaria and diarrhea, safe delivery kits, fortified foods, clean cookstoves, water filters, and solar lights. 

By combining the best practices from business and public health, we are dramatically lowering child mortality AND creating livelihoods for thousands of enterprising women.

Our Community Health Promoters focus on four areas that participate the majority of child deaths but can be addressed at a low cost: treating childhood diseases, offering free pregnancy and newborn check-ups, improving nutrition and promptly referring acute cases to qualified facilities. 

Solutions For Water: Train Well Mechanics and Water Operators

It is estimated that as many as 60,000 new hand pumps are installed each year, but a third in sub-Saharan Africa are simply nonfunctional. 

Knowledge about the hand pumps and having people around who can fix hand pumps increases the sustainability and lifespan of these pumps. 

Our trained well mechanics continuously manage wells and make sure wells properly operate and provide clean water to the community.

In addition to well mechanics, we also hire water operators and kiosk caretakers. 

The water operators help manage the process of extending pipes to families’ homes and collect fees, while caretakers help ensure public kiosks are running efficiently and are clean. These entrepreneurs keep the water flowing. 

Solutions For Hunger: Mentor Farmers

Over 40 million farmers in Africa currently rely primarily on rainfall, while the potential to access available groundwater through irrigation could create sustainable change. 

With irrigation, crops can be harvested continuously throughout the year and on average, can increase their incomes 500%. This means these farmers can invest in improved farm inputs, livestock and more. 

In addition, we’re working with farmers to provide drought-resistant ground nuts and soy bean seeds. By equipping farmers with the tools they need to succeed, they can increase their yields and provide more food to their communities! 

Learn more about our targeted, entrepreneurial solutions here.

Want to learn more about why we focus on these areas? We recommend this extra reading: 

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