National Water Week

With the passing of Human Rights Day wednesday, this week being National Water Week and today being #FunFriday here at Malamulele Onward we had a look at how all this links together and more importantly how this impacts the children and families whom we work with. We are thankful to Rand Water for providing us at Malamulele Onward in Johannesburg, Gauteng with access to safe drinking water, but this is not the case for many of the families we work with.

The United Nations recognizes the right to water and sanitation as a basic human right and that this is essential to the realization of all human rights. This is interesting if we start to think about how access to water and sanitation affects our rights to healthcare, education and social security amongst other things. About 884 million people around the world lack access to sanitation. This includes people with disabilities. When people with disabilities are denied access to safe water, this has a serious impact on their health and well-being. UNICEF recognizes that inaccessibility to water and toilet facilities at school are one of the major drop-out factors for children with disabilities, especially girls.Untitled design (1).png

In 2016 the National Census showed that 83.5% of South Africans have access to piped water, which includes piped water outside the yard, on a community stand, a neighbor’s tap or communal/public tap. With 55.6 million people in South Africa, this still leaves 9.2 million people without access to water even from a communal tap.

Because Malamulele Onward’s vision is aimed at children with severe disabilities living in underserved rural areas, many of the families we work with fall into this 9.2 million people who do not have access to water, for example the Khumalo family living in Nquthu, KwaZulu Natal:                       

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This graph from the 2016 National Census shows how people living in Gauteng and the Western Cape do not perceive inadequate sanitation, lack of safe water supply or cost of water as their leading challenge. We recognize that Rand Water supplies water to Gauteng, parts of Mpumalanga, the Free State and North West Province and we think that this is amazing! We are thankful to Rand Water for this! (Note that this census is from 2016 and that the results of the next census will probably be very different after the effects of the drought in the Cape).  However, Northern Cape, Free State, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and North West recognize the lack of safe and reliable water supply as their biggest challenge, with Limpopo having the greatest challenge overall. Malamulele Onward has a huge reach in most of these provinces with 31 sites across the country.

With both Malamulele Onward’s work in rural areas and Rand Water’s mission to provide safe water, we would like to use this opportunity to recognize the link between Human Rights and National Water Week and how the progressive realization of access to safe water and sanitation has a huge impact on what we at Malamulele Onward do. So thank you Rand Water for helping more of our children and their families to have access to water, and in doing so impacting their right to education, healthcare and social security.

For more information on Rand Water, Human Rights and the WASH Programme, have a look here:

http://www.randwater.co.za/Pages/Home.aspx

http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/human_right_to_water.shtml

https://www.unicef.org/disabilities/files/WASH_Disability_Inclusion__Practices__programming_note_-_Draft_for_review.pdf

http://cs2016.statssa.gov.za/?page_id=142

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