November 8, 2013
The lack of a consistent supply of water, coupled with poor sanitation continue to be two of the major factors that inhibit health, development, food security, and women’s empowerment in Swaziland.
The generous support of our 2012 Women Helping Women Project funded the construction of 5 boreholes, 100 latrines, and capacity-building workshops, benefiting 6,300 people in the Ntontozi Manzini Region of Swaziland with local partners Gone Rural boMake and Rosecraft. In the summer of 2013, we brought donors on a site visit to attend the openings of the wells and inspect the work. Impressed by our partners’ ability to implement the project efficiently and effectively, their level of transparency, their rapport with the community, and their commitment to follow up, we decided to partner with them again to fund our second clean water project in Swaziland.
This year, Voss Foundation will once again enhance access to clean water and sanitation facilities for the benefit of approximately 1300 people, including the female artisans of Gone Rural boMake and Rosecraft. We will fund the drilling two boreholes outfitted with hand pumps, and construct 45 pit latrines. The project also builds local capacity by establishing water committees trained in sanitation, hygiene, proper usage, management, and maintenance to ensure sustainability.
100% of funds raised through our 2013 Women Helping Women events are restricted to this project until it is fully funded.
Read the 2013 Swaziland project description to learn more about this year’s dedicated Women Helping Women clean water project. Click here to learn more about our work in Swaziland – we will continue to post updates as we receive them.
You can further support the artisans we are helping by shopping their goods in our African Bazaar!