Water in Swaziland

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 Only around half of the Swazi population have access to clean water while the other half resort to drinking muddied or bacteria-infested water. This results in thousands of children under the age of 5 dying every year from bacterial diarrhoea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever related to drinking this water.3

As part of Possible Dreams International’s commitment to creating sustainable solutions for the problems faced by the people of Swaziland and the Southern African region, we regularly investigate areas where water is scarce or unsafe for human consumption.

The community of Mambane was one such area. Mambane is one of the poorest communities in the Lubombo region of Swaziland, with some of the worst access to resources and healthcare in all of Southern Africa. Without access to clean water, the entire community was drinking profoundly unclean water from what was essentially a pool of mud. Women and children in Mambane wake in the early hours of the morning and travel long distances by foot to reach their ‘water source’ which until recently was completely unsanitary and not fit for human consumption. It was in fact the very same pool of mud from which the cows would drink.

In order to remedy this situation, our team organised the drilling of a bore hole in the Mambane region. Community members dug trenches in which the piping could be laid. We also purchased a ten thousand litre water tank and an electric pump and transformer so that there will be a sustainable source of clean water for the people of Mambane. With a lot of hard work and the generous support of donors, the community of Mambane now have access to clean running water as well as safe, hygienic water storage facilities.

In 2012, PDI implemented a water tank project providing 5000L water tanks, stands and rain gutters to 17 families in some of the driest parts of the Lubombo region. These tanks provided families with access to clean drinking water and irrigation for their gardens which resulted in significantly increased crop yields and improved food security.

Stories: Water

Aug 02nd, 2010
And there was water at Mambane

As long as I live I will remember the day that water flowed for the first time in the community of Mambane. A rural community high in the Lubombo mountains, 3000 people in the Mambane region have depended on one …

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Aug 02nd, 2010
The Story of Baby Philiswa Maziya

Tiny Philiswa Maziya is a patient on the Paediatric Ward at Good Shepherd Hospital. Philiswa was born 3 months ago weighing a little over seven pounds. Since that time both her parents have died of AIDS and she has been …

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