Our Impact

OUR WORK

We understand the complexity surrounding socio-economic, health and cultural disparities. It is of course not feasible to provide a one-size fits all approach when addressing these said issues; which is why our team takes a contextual approach towards each problem, in each country. We work with community leaders to identify local problems, as well as, locally derived solutions, which have maximized community buy-in and support. This is how we ensure our programs are impactful and sustainable in the long term.

Through the creation of 5 thematic priorities—each supported by a number of different, locally-contextual projects and programs—, we will be able to address the immediate problem and the root causes of poverty, ill-health and the breakdown in community cohesion. We believe our approach will facilitate radical, but lasting changes on the ground, in our project locations.

Thematic Priorities

WASH INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT

The provision of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is vital to human health and well-being. Not only is Safe WASH a prerequisite to health, but it helps to eradicate poverty, facilitates educational attainment, and supports the maintenance of livelihoods. This helps us build resilient and healthy communities, on the road towards sustainable development.

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE BUILDING

A person’s individual health & resilience is important for overall community resilience. Healthy, socially connected, prepared people make for stronger communities that are better able to withstand, manage, & recover from disasters & other external adversaries. With increasing adverse events causing pressure on communities, from climate change to impending food shortages, building community resilience is now a core theme across all our programs.

SOCIETY INCLUSION & TOLERANCE/CULTURAL ACCEPTANCE

Cultural diversity is fundamental to our existence as human beings —it helps us to better cope with changes, and improves our quality of life through sustainable development worldwide. The Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) states that, “cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature.” That is, we need each other.

 Our cultural immersive programs are designed to deepen mutual trust, respect and understanding. At the core, they underscore the importance of tolerance and acceptance among diverse groups of people; by strengthening social cohesion and in building community solidarity, we are able to achieve global peace and security.

VOCATIONAL LIVELIHOOD PROMOTION

The creation of income earning opportunities is fundamental to reducing poverty. Through a vocational based approach, skills and technical education are provided to help individuals fulfill a local need whilst profiting and benefiting the community at the same time. This localized approach benefits from being sustainable as well as impactful. We understand that poverty is not just a lack of income; as such, we also factor in the assets needed for people to initiate, engage and sustain an adequate income to live and prosper in their community.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Environmental stewardship refers to the responsible use and protection of our natural resources, through active participation in conservation efforts and sustainable practices. The emphasis we place on environmental stewardship and sustainability at Wood & Water International Foundation, heavily relies on establishing a harmonious relationship between Nature and mankind, thereby building our ecosystem resilience and enhancing our collective well-being. We strive to ensure that all of our programs are net negative or even positive for the environment; as without this, no program is truly sustainable.