Water for All

Viva con Agua supports universal access to sustainable W.A.S.H. services in South Africa. We support national service authorities and collaborate with other national non-profit organisations. We also implement projects ourselves. The human right to water and sanitation underpins all of our work. Our approach to ensuring that there is WATER FOR ALL is …

  • People-centred

    We focus on improving local communities’ self-reliance, social justice, and participatory decision-making. We believe that economic growth does not contribute to sustainable human development on its own. Economic growth without the accompanying changes in social, political, and environmental values and practices favours the few and not the many. Sustainability is the explicit goal of our people-centred approach.

  • Accountable

    We are answerable to people whose lives we hope to see transformed, people and networks we work with and people, institutions and partners who support us. We will hold service providers, local government, elected officials, and those responsible for providing water and sanitation services to account. It is essential to ensure that the marginalised consumers and the environment are protected.

  • Innovative

    We are open to ideas, creativity, broadening our horizons and different perspectives. We are not afraid to experiment with the new, break the mould, recast the old, build on to what has gone before, is good and has worked.  We are always learning, and not afraid to make mistakes, but in Robert Chambers’s words “we fall forwards,” i.e., we learn from our mistakes. We will take risks to accelerate change because the challenge before us is immense.

  • Collaborative

    No one can do it alone – the scale of the task at hand is too great. This is true of many of the issues we face, ranging from climate change, food security, child health and primary education, gender equality and the issues that we have put at the heart of our work. : safe water and sanitation for all. Everyone, governments, private sector, multilateral institutions, and the individual has a collective responsibility to ensure the attainment of this common good. We will collaborate with all who share our vision and values.

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