Programme overview

The Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) programme, supported by OXFAM, aims to increase access to, and the  effective use of, improved and sustainable water supplies, and sanitation and hygiene services. The WASH programme has a special focus on marginalised groups in the community such as women, children, the elderly & disabled and how to reduce their vulnerability.  

We plan to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders to manage and implement WASH programs on a sustainable basis by improving WASH governance and effectiveness. The Woza Moya media team are documenting processes in order to share our learning, that may inform policy, public engagement and program development and growth.

Due to South Africa being a water scarce country, a viable option is the research and implementation of alternative technologies that improve the health and quality of life for people without access to municipal services. Things being explored are rain water harvesting from roof structures, water filtration, solar powered water pumps for irrigation, solar geysers and lighting, paraffin rocket showers, compost toilets, waste disposal  and environmental awareness and education.

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Programme updates

Sue and S’Bonelo travelled to Livingstone, Zambia for the final Oxfam AACES Reflection and Learning meeting, reviewing work done over the past five years, drawing key lessons to be shared in the wider development field.

WASH (Water, Sanitation And Hygiene) dominated the headlines in March, with National Water Week in South Africa and World Water Day on the 22nd. Our focus on WASH issues this month, included WASH training for the Community Care Workers, launch of the Dingizwe School WASH Project and Sue attending an International WASH Conference in Australia.

Woza Moya has committed to develop Dingizwe School into a model WASH school.  To date infrastructure has been provided: a Rain-Water-Haravesting System (funded by HCI Foundation) and waterless toilets, Enviro-Loos (funded by OXFAM Australia, AusAid).  The team aims to engage with the school community to assess the main WASH gaps and needs at the School; and also to mobilize the school community to use and maintain WASH infrastructure and incorporate hygiene practices into school and home life.  With OneVoice South Africa the Woza Moya team have received excellent training and will ready to carry out WASH promotion campaigns among learners.  They are equipped with resources adapted by OVSA for Woza Moya: they have a Woza Moya WASH Facilitators' Manual, a Woza Moya WASH Learners' Notebook and a Woza Moya WASH Resource Manual for School..

A dynamic Durban based NGO, OneVoice South Africa (OVSA) has begun a partnership with Woza Moya. They use innovative ways of actively involving youth on critical health and lifestyle issues. OVSA is assisting Woza Moya to build our organizational capacity to engage school communities on WASH.  Maxwell Mabaso conducted excellent training over 3 days, introducing the manual and preparing our team to start a mobilization campaign at Dingizwe School in the new year.

Dingizwe School, situated in a remote part of Ofafa, has tried to drill for water many times over the years, without success.  Learners take valuable time out of school to walk long distances to fetch water from the river.
After various consultative meetings with Principal, Mr S’Khosana, we met with the greater Dingizwe School community, School Governing Body, Parents, Teachers, Learners and other relevant stakeholders, including Chief of Ofafa, on 26 February.  Pumla Mabizela from OXFAM spoke about the overall aims of the WASH program, improving access to safe, clean water, decent sanitation and better hygiene.

About 100 people in the village of Mashakeni attended a Community Learning Workshop on World Toilet Day on 19 November 2012. Alan Hofland, Woza Moya WASH Manager, introduced the aim of this international day of action, to break the taboo around toilets and to draw attention to the global sanitation challenge. He shared some shocking stats: 2.5 billion people do not have access to a clean private toilet; 1.1 billion people defecate in the open; nearly 1.5 million children under the age of 5 die every year from diarrhoea.

 Every Drop Counts (EDC) came to Woza Moya to install a whole range of new WASH infrastructures, digging trenches, laying new pipes, putting in more water tanks, wash basins and taps. Features include rain water harvesting off existing roof structures, filtration system and chlorinator, solar powered pump and lights, solar geyser, grey water from our play school into a goat-proof kitchen garden and gravity fed drip irrigation system into our main veggie garden.  Please do come and visit us to see this amazing system in operation!

Thanks to OXFAM Australia, World Water Day, was marked by a memorable Community Dialogue at Woza Moya.  People from all over the Ufafa Valley were bussed in for a lovely and productive day.

Woza Moya W.A.S.H. co-ordinator Alan Hofland and field worker Bheki Mchunu, presented the findings of their Survey.  This was followed by LIMA Consultants, Taziva Gomo and Nomthandazo Sibisi, giving feedback from their P.R.A done in Ufafa in December 2011.

November began with an exciting 2 day OXFAM learning event, introducing a new area of work - water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).  Woza Moya has been chosen along with 5 other existing Oxfam partners to pilot this new program, in relation to Food Security, HIV and Child Protection.  The aim of the WASH program is to improve the health and quality of life of the poor and vulnerable, by increasing access to, and the effective use of, improved integrated and sustainable water supplies, and sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services.