Social uplift programmes
With the skills across our organisation we are in an enviable position to make positive social impacts. We run a programme which provides communities and charities valuable sustainability expertise and resource for free. Our team ‘away days’ often support community projects where previously we have helped to restore a nature reserve and cleaned up a beach. And we regularly run a social uplift programme in South Africa. Let’s tell you more about that…
- Our most recent project was in the ZwaZulu Natal Province, about an hour away from Durban where we sent a team of 15 people.
- The first mission was installing a secondary water tank to ensure a local village school had a constant supply of water. This involved digging a 130 metre long trench. It’s a good job our team wasn’t afraid of some hard physical work.
- But these were no ordinary water tanks. The pump for one tank is driven by a children’s’ merry-go-round which brought another valuable benefit to this community.
- Then we helped to build a market garden to grow fruit and vegetables, for both their own consumption and to sell. We installed a harvesting tank to collect waste water for the irrigation of the garden. It was hoped this would secure a new revenue stream for the community. We’re told after digging a 130 metre trench that developing the garden was some light relief!
- And finally we also planted fruit trees around the school grounds.
- And when all the hard work was over our team were entertained by the local community who sang and performed some traditional Zulu dancing.
And what did the team have to say…?
“The trip was a fantastic experience. It was great to have an opportunity to really contribute to improving the lives of others.” Simon Clenell-Jones
“Providing support and sustainable solutions to the community by using our skills and expertise was a hugely rewarding experience both for WSP and the community itself .” Barry Cowell
“The physical demand of the digging was the biggest challenge for me. But it was such a reward to see the project completed despite some of the hurdles we had to overcome to get there. It was definitely an experience I won’t forget.” Brenda Boateng