Shortage of clean water is a major problem in Mgongeni. The water supply is inadequate and often breaks down for 3 to 4 days at a time. Stored water quickly gets contaminated. 50% of young children die from water-borne diseases before their 5th birthday. The well will help to maintain supply and will significantly reduce the incidences of diarrhoeal disease.
The communal laundry will reduce the number of 20kg drums of water the women have to carry which causes serious spinal injuries.
Dig a well with an electric pump and storage tank. Build a communal laundry next to the well. The project will be run by a trained group of women as a micro-business making them more independent.
A clean water supply will reduce infant mortality. The laundry will reduce serious spinal injury. The project will provide a group of women with a regular income and lift them out of poverty.