Our Impact

Our concern is that political promises have not been met and even though #DayZero has not yet been reached, communities and schools are severely affected by access to water. SOS NPO seeks to mitigate the impact of the water crisis on local schools and struggling communities in the Western Cape and other parts of South Africa, by collaborating with community stakeholders, government and businesses to provide alternative water sources and solutions. We provide non-potable and potable water, transportation and infrastructure. Our projects address sanitation, hygiene, climate change and education around these issues. We also focus on economic empowerment.

THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF THE CRISIS

SANITATION – Bacterial risks are hugely heightened with potential disease outbreaks. 
FOOD SECURITY – Many school feeding schemes have been reduced or cancelled. Hunger prohibits children from learning. 
BUSINESS – Micro-businesses such as Car/Taxi Washes and Micro-Farms have had to close due to illegality of using municipal water for these uses. These micro-businesses sustain many families within the informal settlements in the Western Cape, without them they cannot support themselves financially or nutritionally.
 
SWIMMING – Most schools have closed down their pools and all pool sports have been halted. 
 
SPORTS – Sports such as Cricket, Rugby and others that rely on green pitches have been halted.

alternative water sources

SOS works towards providing alternative water sources and solutions for schools and their communities in need. We do this by providing non potable water, transporting it to installed water tanks and helping to manage access to this for all non drinking uses.

The non-potable water we deliver to schools, along with water storage tanks, is used in bathrooms for sanitation, to flush toilets, to maintain clean schools and allow the continuation of sports facilities and activities.

Water Towers

SOS also installs community SOS Water Towers which provide water scarce communities with an alternate water source (not municipal) to ensure that their micro businesses such as car washes, hairdressers and micro farmers, can continue to operate without incurring fines for using municipal water. 

Simply providing access to water is not enough. SOS believes this must be combined with education that inspires understanding and leads to behavioural change towards water and proper hygiene practices. Through helping children, especially those in disadvantaged communities, we aim to positively impact community lives and livelihoods promoting healthy attitudes around water and water usage.

Water Heroes

We aim to co-create a new generation of “Water Heroes”.

The first SOS schools are in the District 6 area of Cape Town around Woodstock and Salt River. After this we will move to other areas with urgent need. The focus for these initial schools is to improve:

  • Sanitation – Insufficient water during droughts and water cut outages greatly increases bacterial risk and potential disease outbreaks.
  • Sports – Activities like cricket, rugby, soccer, swimming and water polo are being cancelled causing practice and school days to be shortened.
  • Economic wellbeing – As well as negatively impacting children’s development, reduced school activity impacts business productivity in the affected areas.

assistance for schools

SOS’ assistance for schools affected by water shortages as a result of drought will ensure that they remain open and operational so children can continue normal school life and education.

The non-potable water we deliver to schools, along with water storage tanks, is used in bathrooms for sanitation, to flush toilets, to maintain clean schools and allow the continuation of sports facilities and activities.

GET INVOLVED

Communities, Businesses and Schools need help to keep operating during the water crisis. Our future is at stake.