Conclusion of Umbulwane Water Transport Project – South Africa

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Josh Dickey. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to provide water to an unserved segment of the population using a simple system of wheelbarrows and water containers.

Josh reports:

Funds received for the project were used to purchase 10 wheelbarrows with solid rubber wheels and multiple 25-liter jugs to transport water from the tap to the homes of residents, as well as a length of chain and a padlock to keep them safe when not in use.

The community grandmother who runs the creche (day school for children affected by HIV/AIDS) has taken responsibility for inventory of the equipment and checking it in and out with those who use it.

A few of the locals were there to help mark the barrels and jugs and get them ready for use. They had fun practicing wheeling them around and seemed excited to start using them.

There is no doubt in my mind that the generosity of those who donated to this project will have a huge impact on the wellbeing of those responsible for fetching water in the community. There was even talk of using the new supplies to help support the local community garden.

We extend our thanks to Josh for completing the project, and again wish to thank The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust
for providing the funding.