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.

WASH for everyone, everywhere - Australia’s leading water, sanitation and hygiene Conference: March 24-28, 2014 held in Brisbane. Sue was thrilled to be invited by OXFAM to participate in the International WASH Conference. http://www.watercentre.org/events/wash2014/conference-program Sue also did some promotional activities at the OXFAM Trading shops in Sydney and Brisbane for the Woza Moya Sock Monkeys, recently arrived in Australia. ‘Landing in the spectacular city of Sydney, was an amazing start to our trip! It was wonderful to meet some of the Oxfam Trading team and also visit the Oxfam Sydney office with Matthew Phillips. Mari van der Merwe (Director of Save the Children SA) and I had a jampacked weekend taking in as much as possible before flying on to Brisbane for the WASH Conference. What a rich and exciting learning experience this week was. With contributions from civil society organisations, leading experts in the field, researchers, government, industry and practitioners we heard a wealth of experience from across the globe. So many interesting discussions and debates on how to achieve universal and equitable access to WASH services and, more importantly, how to sustain these services. I was like a big sponge soaking it all up!’

Effective community development activates scaled social reflexivity, sufficient to create a tipping-point towards locally perpetuated ownership of improved outcomes.  Woza Moya’s ultimate success, therefore, would be indicated by a transformed Ofafa Valley, driven by local volition, resilience and agency; where every member is healthy, well nourished, feels safe, and experiences an annual progression towards an improved future.