November 13, 2012
Voss Foundation is pleased to announce our dedicated Women Helping Women water project for 2012 in Swaziland! This will be our first clean water project in Swaziland, joining our other efforts in Kenya, Mali, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia.
The lack of a consistent supply of water, coupled with poor sanitation, are two of the major factors that inhibit health, development, food security, and women’s empowerment in Swaziland, propagating the cycle of poverty.
Voss Foundation will sustainably enhance access to clean water and sanitation facilities for the benefit of approximately 6300 people (626
homesteads), including several women’s artisan groups in the Middleveld of Swaziland. Products crafted by these women artisans are available at the Voss Foundation African Bazaar!
The project comprises the drilling and installation of five water hand pumps and construction of 30 pit latrines. The project will also build local capacity through the establishment and training of water committees, so that community members have the knowledge and skills to manage and maintain their own water facilities. The villagers of Ndinda and Ngoyiya communities will also be trained in proper usage, to engender lasting effects on the health and development of individuals and the communities.
Voss Foundation is equally excited to begin our partnership with Nest, Gone Rural boMake, and Rosecraft, organizations that have more than 20 years of on-the-ground experience and involvement working with local women, ensuring a solid foundation of trust in these communities. This strong relationship is at the heart of the project and the key to its success.
Each year, Women Helping Women raises funds dedicated to a specific water project(s), and we provide project news updates to our donors, encouraging everyone to follow progress on project implementation by checking our website regularly!