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.
Alan Hofland will be co-ordinating the pilot phase of the WASH program with the support of Nesta Khoza and Benedicta Memela. With the spring rains having finally arrived, Alan and Nesta have been struggling through muddy roads and along slippery footpaths doing home visits to assess the water and sanitation situation around the Ofafa valley.