Similar to other townships in Cape Town, Belhar community is predominately people of Indigenous cultural background and continues to face severe socio-economic difficulties. Low levels of education in this environemnt systemically lead to high levels of unemployment, poverty, unattended children, teenage pregnancies, crime and substance abuse. To address all these issues Africa Community Projects (ACP), a registered non-profit community based organisation, has adopted an innovative programme delivered from the ACP MPCC (Multi Purpose Community Centre). The centre has a bottom up approach that strengthens early childhood development within disadvantaged communities.
Sustainable living for the local community involves the capacity building to train and develop local staff in recycling techniques, educating children and their families on the importance of saving water and using warm farm as an integral part of community garden. There are significant economic benefits (i.e. reduced water bills and fresh garden produce for the kindergarten which means the savings can be used for other operating issues). Ethos Global has funded the Water Harvest Project in Belhar which will be delivered in three parts:
- Grey water recycling - to irrigate small farm and garden
- Rain water tanks - to store drinking water
- Worm farm - to resolve more solid waste with grey water and provide compost for the garden
90%November 19, 2013
Water Harvest Project almost complete
The Grey Water Recycling was the first project to be implemented at the Community Centre kindergarten; which recycles waste water from ablution and irrigates garden areas - fodder and grass which is then converted to feed for the calves and chicken. This also forms part of the kindergarten's educational and awareness program. At the same time, it creates a conducive environment for learning;...Read More
The Grey Water Recycling was the first project to be implemented at the Community Centre kindergarten; which recycles waste water from ablution and irrigates garden areas - fodder and grass which is then converted to feed for the calves and chicken. This also forms part of the kindergarten's educational and awareness program. At the same time, it creates a conducive environment for learning; calming children's emotions so that they concentrate and learn better in class activities.
The Rain Water Harvesting installation was next installed and has a 15,000 litre capacity. The system also works to perfection, so much so that it started to overflow! This indicates that the system handles more water in a short space of time and therefore can accommodate more tanks in future to increase its water storage capacity. It's highly recommended by the installer that additional filters be installed to purify the harvested water so that the kindergarten's children can drink it just as an extra health precaution. It can then be connected to the main water supply so that it supplies the entire building for more effectiveness and cost savings. For now harvested rainwater is consumed by adults, the kindergarten's farm animals and used for irrigation and other agricultural activities.
Because of increase in quoted price, the project supplier was changed from the initial proposal. The new supplier is Water Rhapsody based in Cape Town. ACP received AUD 4,970 ($5000 funding amount less $30 in bank charges), Rands $43,852.66. The total project cost is Rands 42,880 (Grey water R13,470 and Rain water system R29,410). The Balance Rand of 972.66 was put towards Eco Worm Form. Due to the change in the currency rate, there was not sufficient money left from the project fund to purchase Eco Warm, which was part of the original proposal. ACP has thus used the remaining funds and its own funds to set up a worm farm.Close