Clean water supply to rural communities
Wastewater technology and toilets
Sanitation in the rural community
Energy & Solar PV in the rural environment
At FWEF we work to improve access to safe water, sanitation, hygiene and Energy (WASH-E) in South Africa and other African countries. We focus on people ‘left behind’ by progress over the last 25 years.
Whilst each of these issues has its own field of work, the success of each is dependent on the others. For example, without toilets, water sources become contaminated; without clean water, basic hygiene practices are not possible (UNICEF)
We will work on a small scale and use our research to help communities leverage more funds from local and national government. We conduct our own research, work with external consultants who evaluate our programmes and create partnerships to build knowledge and develop proposals for action.
For some villages, we will implement gravity fed systems and treatment where water runs down from a source at the top of the hill into a village where it’s stored, treated and used. For others, we install rainwater harvesting units that capture and filter rainfall for household use.
COVID-19 screening and testing activities within communities, including community education and awareness raising for social behavioral change.
Our programmes are diverse, and solutions depend on multiple factors including how the water is contaminated, where the source is, what the terrain is like etc.
Inadequate water supply, sanitation, and hygiene are amongst some of the causes of poverty, which in turn holds back numerous groups of people in Africa, who are still struggling with various water-borne diseases such as; Typhoid or E. Coli infection. It is of interest to note that there are few or no functioning sewer reticulation infrastructures in most rural areas in Africa, although the majority settle for cheap unlined concrete septic tanks, often collected by truck drivers and discharged into local rivers without proper treatment. In most cases, this untreated sewage infiltrates and contaminates underground water, which is about 100 – 200 m away from the drinking water source.