Refilwe Clean Water Project

by The Brian La Trobe Foundation

Thank you for giving so freely to this project. You have made a tremendous improvement to the daily lives of all who live and are associated with Refilwe. Having given them hygienic sanitation, showers and a laundry, our next project is to improve their living conditions. Please read the attached update on this project.

We have also just posted our new project, Build a new life for 12 orphans in South Africa. (see link below) Please do take a look at our new project.

Again, thank you very much.




The rehabilitated ablution buildings, dry sanitation toilets,showers,laundry facilities and children's playground will go on show during the forthcoming"open day" May 10. Its a great rush to get it all finished by this date, but we are trying ! The exterior of the buildings have a new coat of paint. The interior is presently been painted. A wall plaque has been ordered to be displayed in a prominent position to express our heartfelt thanks to all our Globalgiving donors that made it possible to complete this very worthy project. Pictures of the open day will be displayed on our Globalgiving web-site ASAP after May 10 2007.

Thank you to you all.

Dr Brian La Trobe : Project Leader.

Click here to see photo!
Click here to see photo!

The photo below shows the roof of the female ablution block which has been sealed and painted with a black paint sealer. The black color of the roof surface and the black polyethylene pipe facilitates the absorption of radiant heat from the sun thus heating the water for the showers below. The length of the pipe approx 100 meters.

This project is nearing completion. The plumbing of the buildings for the showers and laundry took some time to complete. The hot water system is rather unique. It’s a cheaper version of solar power. We painted the concrete building roof black. The cold water supply is piped to the roof where it spirals through a 2 inch black plastic pipe on the concrete about 100 meters long. It comes out piping hot at the far end before going down to the showers below.

The pipe work to carry the toilet diverted urine to a connecting tank for the experimental tree fertilizer program is complete. Some trees have been planted. An orchard of fruit trees are to follow.

The toilet and shower doors are presently being installed. We await the electrical supply to light the buildings. The property has to be fenced. This is an expense that I did not anticipate.

We hope to have a grand opening at the end of April, which is about a month later than was originally planned.

Sanix dry sanitation units arrived on site. Restroom building in
Sanix dry sanitation units arrived on site. Restroom building in

The installation of the 10 toilet units is almost complete. Three units have gone into the male restroom where there is also a stainless steel urinal and 7 units into the lady's restroom. I have today procured the water wash troughs for the laundry and the equipment for four showers. These will be delivered to the site next Monday.

See pictures below!

3 units in position in male restroom.
3 units in position in male restroom.
7 units in position - Lady
7 units in position - Lady's restroom.

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The Brian La Trobe Foundation

Location: Johannesburg - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​
The Brian La Trobe Foundation
Project Leader:
Brian LaTrobe
Project Leader
Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa

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