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.
Woza Moya shared results of WASH findings and activities in Ofafa, as well as giving an overview of the Rain-Water-Harvesting System (funded by HCI Foundation) and waterless toilets, Enviro-Loos (funded by OXFAM Australia, AusAid). Maxwell Mabaso from NGO One Voice spoke about the importance of community engagement, participation and ownership.
There was much jubilation all round as we all began to discuss and map the way forward. We’ll keep you posted!