Over the past ten years A Spring of Hope has grown from a group of high school students focused on helping one school in South Africa get access to clean water to an international NGO helping bring water, permaculture gardening methods and waterless sanitation to over 16,000 learners.
We’ve drilled more wells, built sanitation facilities for multiple schools, worked on expanding our permaculture program to provide nutritious lunches and resources to our partner schools. We’ve held contests at the schools for sanitation and permaculture, and we awarded two fantastic trips to South Africa to our Student Philanthropy Challenge winners.
In 2016, we saw our permaculture program expand and gave multiple classes to help our schools maximize the yield from their gardens and conserve precious water in the face of the ongoing, serious drought being experienced in South Africa. Our programs are specifically designed to start each school down a path to self-sustainability and watching them come to fruition fills our hearts with pride at the dedication of our staff, the school staff, the volunteers, and the children.
With the help of partners Rand Water Foundation and ERM Group Foundation, A Spring of Hope installed waterless sanitation facilities at Kahlela Primary, Mugidi Primary, and Nyamande High School. Improving sanitation at schools also improves educational outcomes, as it decreases the spread of disease through better hygiene, provides a safer environment, and promotes a sense of dignity in children and school staff. In addition, the waterless technology preserves resources in an area where water is scarce and needed for drinking and agriculture, particularly in this time of prolonged drought.
Thank you for joining us on this incredible journey.