Background: Who and What is Galela Amanzi?
The Galela Amanzi project is a project formed in 2007 by students from Rhodes University and North Eastern University, USA via GLOBAL PACT Programme. We were inspired by the evident vital need for water in the poorer areas of Grahamstown and to assist in helping maintain healthy and sustainable communities. Jovian Lee, Amelia Levine, Nicola Rushmere and Yeukai Mukorombindo decided to launch a project that would address the increasing lack of access to water in the Grahamstown townships. Galela Amanzi which means .pour the water. in the Xhosa tongue aims to empower community members through increasing their access to water by harvesting rain water through establishing rain water tanks in neutral and key areas within the townships that will provide readily available and easy access to water.
Expected benefits and impact of the Galela Amanzi Project
Our project recognises the importance of empowering community members by increasing their access to clean water as well as equipping them with the means and knowledge of how to sustain and efficiently make use of water.
By increasing access to water, the local Grahamstown community members will be encouraged to care about developing a healthy, stable community which is then nourished and able to contribute to Grahamstown's economy.
Lack of accessibility to clean water for drinking, gardening and sanitation purposes is a serious issue and needs to change. The implementation of the tanks will help alleviate these problems, as well as lower water bills. Additionally they will also be assisting the local community to develop community spirit and responsibility, who will in turn benefit by working towards a healthy and prosperous environment.
Our international audience will benefit by building a healthy, socially responsible and reputable community, and be a factor in the strive for world health and prosperity.
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