Workers from the Community Workers’ Programme (CWP) benefit the villages by mending roads, removing alien vegetation, growing food gardens, working in the preschools, health programmes and the Skills Development Centre. Here their new uniforms are mixed with traditional styling.
Posts from the ‘Basic Services’ Category
Over the past few years, the BI has worked with the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial) and DrinC (manufacturers of the Nazava-style water filter) in the development of a cost-effective water filter for use in rural households without access to potable water.
Since its launch in 2007, the BI has focused on developing resources and knowledge in water harvesting, storage and usage. To this end: regular educational workshops were held, water tanks installed, boreholes drilled and research done on a water filter appropriate for use in remote, rural areas such as ours.
The Skills Centre is still a long way from being finished but the greatest part of it is done. The Skill Centre has started to visit households where broken furniture needs fixing and participants are now getting the essential skills to help themselves. We’re happy that the community is now benefiting from the project even though it’s not yet finished. Each day of the month we help one community member with broken doors or furniture. They sometimes even bring their broken spades to the Skill Centre to be fixed!
Global Eco Projects (GEP) has introduced the “istovu” to Bulungula. The stove project will reduce the amount of wood used in the household, thus helping to save the forest and protecting the environment. The stove saves time spent in fetching loads of firewood. It also reduces the smoke one inhales when using an open fire, thus improving health.
It was a new experience for Xhora Mouth Administrative Area when six vets visited to look after the health of our dogs. Families came in numbers bringing their dogs to be examined, immunized, washed and castrated.
This visit came about as a result of the need identified by the villagers that there were more dogs in the villages than the villages could handle. The vets were organized by Dennis Taylor of Safari4U. They came from different areas, including from abroad, as part of their community development volunteering.
The community leaders thanked them for their help and support as well as for showing showing the community that one doesn’t have to keep more dogs than one can feed and take care of.
Khuselo, Basic Service Programme Manager
Jujurha Preschool has become a regular immunization centre for the Nqileni children. Nurses from the Primary Health Care clinics let us know when the usual vaccination is due and then visit Jujurha, where during school terms, 60 children can be vaccinated at once.
Even during school holidays, Jujurha still functions as an immunization centre as it is much closer to the most remote households than No-ofisi School.
With the help of the Rotary Gistel, we have completed the installation of 29 water tanks in the villages of Tshezi, Mgojweni Folokwe. The community of Tshezi decided to allocate a tank to Xhora Mouth School where there is a dire need for access to drinkable water. This project also replaced the old roof gutters to ensure optimal rain water harvesting at the school.
The CSIR visited us again in August to build on the water usage workshops they have been conducting the area over the past year. The topic this time was on Hygiene and Sanitation. The emphasis was on developing an understanding of contaminated water and how to identify it: even if water looks clear, it can still make you ill! When water is contaminated by algae it is easy to see the problem but even if it is clear, it is safer to use a filter and to ensure that your water sources are protected at all times.
The workshop explained the importance of washing hands and CSIR distributed a poster which can be put up inside a household which explains why this is important and how to do it correctly.Part of the training included a trip to the natural water springs. It was agreed that the placement of stoned around the springs could be effective in the prevention of contamination.
The dry season has started: our rain water tanks and even fresh water springs are drying out and community members have to walk long distances to collect river water. The river water is not at all safe to drink causing diarrhoea and other water borne illnesses in children and adults. A few months ago, the CSIR http://www.csir.co.za/ piloted the use of a new household water filtration system: easy to use and cheap!
After the distribution of the filters followed up to determine their success. Community members agreed that these filters are working well, providing access to clean water that tastes better.
However, many community members complained that it takes along time to fill up a bucket and they don’t often have buckets available to use in the filtration process. We have now managed to find the same ‘tulip’ filtration system with built in and sealed buckets, reducing exposure of the filtered water to recontamination. The entire system can also be set aside with its dedicated buckets for use when needed for drinking or cooking, we hope this will improve household usage of the system. We will be following up with the ‘test’ households in the coming weeks. If successful we believe that this could be a easy and effective way for government to provide access to safe water to all communities in the country!
As planned, the first tranche of funding received from the Rotary Gistel for the Water Infrastructure Project has been implemented. The project began in Mgojweni Village, where 6 tanks were quickly installed. The next village to receive their tanks was the village of Folokwe, towards the end of last year and in March the third village in the area, Tshezi, were beginning to harvest their own rain water. The second tranche was received this month and Khuselo, the project manager, is already making his plans…
Visit by Tapini & CSIR
At the end of February we were very happy to receive another visit from the students of Tapini, the German based organisation that we have been working with for several years (www.tapini.org). Felix Pletzinger and Lukas Zscherpe were with us for a month. They checked the tanks installed in the 3 villages to make sure that the installations were all set for for optimal water collection, trained a local team in the installation of roof gutters for thatch roofs and round huts and assisted in our community water awareness training days which they had originally helped us to design.
We also had a follow workshops by the guys from the CSIR (www.csir.co.za). These workshops focused on the rollout of a cool new water filter that we’re piloting in the villages. It’s cheap and effective! If all goes well with the pilot, we hope to work with the local municipality to roll them out to each household. Water tanks are great when the summer rains are around but during the dry winter months, its often back to the ground water springs that can become contaminated and that need filtering. (www.tulipwaterfilters.com)