The region of sub-Saharan Africa faces one of the world’s most plagued regions, particularly on the issue of access to clean drinking water. There are many reasons why safe drinking water is limited and unreliable in the region, including poor or no infrastructure; climate issues such as El Nino which affects sub-Saharan Africa particularly.
Access to safe drinking water is imperative for improved health of people and increasing the economic activity of a region. In order to reduce the pressure on public health services, especially for communicable diseases and other common ailments, it is essential to invest in water and sanitation infrastructure.
Rural regions face higher investment costs, but investing in and maintaining infrastructure in these communities would reduce the rate of urban migration and thus increase rural development.
Water is Life fundraising
Interested parties can contribute to the Water is Life fund by donating from as little as R100. We seek corporate sponsors that can match these contributions so that we can use the funds to deliver and support water infrastructure in the areas that need it most.
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Many homes in rural and peri-urban (township) communities have faulty or leaking faucets and pipes. One of the reasons for this is that the cost to repair this infrastructure is sometimes too expensive for the home owners / dwellers, the cost of repairmen is too high. In some situations vagrants steal metal fittings such as taps to sell the metal parts. Reducing the amount of water that is wasted in domestic use would improve the amount of water available to more people, clean drinking water. This project identifies unemployed and low-skilled community members and they are trained and equipped with the work tools they need to undertake these activities and are compensated for every repair.
Schools, particularly in rural communities, have become unsafe due to un-serviced pit latrines which have already claimed lives of young people in South Africa.
It is important that we act quickly to reduce unsafe toilets, however the problem is compounded by the fact that many rural communities do not have adequate water infrastructure which is a key component in proper sanitation.
Without water to flush and wash hands, it becomes harder to make a functional modern toilet. Our fund seeks to respond to this by working within these communities to develop solutions that accommodate that particular place.
The importance and value of water cannot be demonstrated enough, especially in southern Africa where we face dangerous drought levels. This shared resource needs to be properly managed and those using it need to understand how to use and conserve it.
Educating communities and the youth about water usage, how much to use and when to use it is imperative to ensuring that future generations utilize water as sparingly as possible.
Our friend, Water Wisey, is always talking about water saving tips and strategies – look out for him!