Access to safe water is a basic human right. It contributes to improved health and nutrition, education and wellbeing. Without water, proper sanitation and hygiene is not possible and without proper sanitation and hygiene, people get sick. Water-borne diseases, especially in children under the age of five years, can lead to malnutrition or worse.
We also know that women and girls are disproportionately affected by lack of water. Besides their health, safe water close to their homes means they can concentrate on education and other productive activities instead of time-consuming (and often dangerous) chores, such as collecting water.
Our WASH programme interventions are designed to save lives, improve health, empower individuals, promote skills development, promote education, increase food security and livelihoods and develop resilience and stability.
Most sites do not have electricity so a hand pump is installed and, in some cases, a solar-powered pump can be installed.
Some wells simply require rehabilitation to get them as good as new.
Collecting rainwater is a solution where drilling is not possible. This is especially useful at schools for basic hygiene and gardening projects.
Instilling healthy and hygienic habits helps to protect communities from disease, malnutrition and death.
In communities where water is not available close by, and no other solutions are viable, ForAfrika delivers alternative mobile solutions such as hippo rollers or water trucking (in the case of emergencies).
ForAfrika is a partner of the United Nations Global WASH cluster. Without water, proper sanitation and hygiene is not possible.
Being prepared to respond quickly and effectively to humanitarian disasters, and reduce their impact, is vital in the developing world because economic instability and a lack of infrastructure mean that these countries are more vulnerable to induced shocks.
Our emergency response team is made up of trained technical specialists, ready to be deployed at short notice.
Our goal is to transition the situation as quickly as possible from an emergency response to rehabilitation and recovery so communities can rebuild their livelihoods.
Further, we work to increase community resilience to future emergencies through agricultural rehabilitation, complete value chains (the process that increases the value of raw produce), and support to small-holder agricultural market systems.
Our emergency response programme interventions are designed to save lives, alleviate suffering, stabilise communities, rehabilitate communities, increase resilience and prepare for future disasters.
ForAfrika has experience in setting up temporary water supplies.
Rapid needs assessments performed to get food rations to families who need it the most. A voucher system for cash and food makes for fair distribution.
ForAfrika has the ability to procure and move commodities timeously into the disaster zone and deliver it where it is needed most – one of the most difficult activities during a disaster.
Those who have experienced a disaster could also require emergency shelter, clothing and medical supplies.
ForAfrika is a partner of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) cluster during disaster emergencies.
Every child deserves a better future and we address the barriers to education through nutrition and teacher training in our school-feeding programmes.
Adequate nutrition is key to education and our programmes are designed to alleviate hunger, improve children’s concentration and energy, boost school attendance and ensure that they are getting the essential nutrients they need to reach their full potential.
Providing a meal at school is also a way of ensuring children are in a safe space during the day and helps to relieve the burden on families who struggle to provide adequate food at home. The systematic support, provision of age-appropriate learning materials as well as teacher training and refresher courses reinforce and enhance learning and development.
Our Education Programme interventions are designed to address barriers to access education, promote education, promote child nutrition, improve child's attention span and cognitive ability, encourage learning, improve the learning environment, empower and restore dignity to children and teachers.
Children at schools or Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres on our programme receive a highly nutritious meal at least once a day. Fortified with essential minerals and vitamins, this bowl of food is designed to give a child their required daily intake of nutrients.
In some instances, where students come from a particularly bad situation or in an emergency, food rations can be sent home to help the family.
School nutrition gardens are a complement to our school-feeding programme increasing the variety and nutritional diversification in diets as well as providing a practical learning space around planting, harvesting and nutrition.
Special projects allow for improvements to be made to the infrastructure of ForAfrika-supported schools and ECD centres that create a healthy, safe learning environment for vulnerable children. Where possible, the improvement projects deliver water and toilets; child-friendly and safe spaces; and training.
ForAfrika is a partner of the Global Nutrition Cluster for this programme.
Our food security and livelihoods programmes are tailored to not only alleviate short-term hunger but also to promote sustainable food systems that improve nutrition and uplift and transform communities.
Such activities have also been shown to have a positive effect on mental health, especially for those who have been traumatised by conflict or natural disasters. Smallholder farmer groups are empowered through agricultural training, the provision of tools and seeds and the strengthening of local market linkages. The sale of surplus produce increases household income, providing a way out of abject poverty.
We also strengthen communities’ food security and livelihoods through Food or Cash for Assets (FFA/CFA) interventions whereby community members are paid to develop or improve essential community assets, such as roads, communal farms or water wells. These assets are essential to the resilience communities have in times of crisis.
Our food security and livelihoods programme interventions are designed to improve food security, uplift women, improve nutritional outcomes, improve skills, develop stability and resilience and empower and restore dignity.
Where food security is threatened by a natural or manmade disaster, ForAfrika works with partners to distribute food rations for a certain length of time. We use a voucher system where possible to ensure the process is fairly regulated.
Our programmes encourage the creation and maintenance of vegetable gardens and farms where community members work together to supply their families, communities and markets with high-yielding and nutritious vegetables.
We offer a variety of skills training from agricultural to artisanal work in order to allow people to earn a living.
By offering people either cash or food to build assets that benefit the community, we assist them to remain resilient in times of crisis.
Teaching people how to increase the value of raw produce – for example turning maize into nutritious porridge – assists them to fetch a better price for their goods.
Ensuring small-scale farmers are able to take their produce to markets by training and erecting market stalls.
ForAfrika is part of the Cash Learning Partnerships Network (CaLP) and is a member of the Food Security Cluster that co-ordinates food security responses in humanitarian crises.
Malnutrition appears in various guises and Africa suffers from the “double burden of malnutrition” — where undernutrition and overnutrition coexist. Both can lead to disease or death. According to the World Health Organisation, nearly half of deaths among children under five years of age are linked to undernutrition (also known as wasting). This is why we have undertaken to address moderate acute (MAM) and severe acute malnutrition (SAM) as a priority.
ForAfrika undertakes the screening of children, pregnant and lactating women for these conditions and delivers the appropriate treatment.
Management of MAM in women and children involves supplementary feeding with fortified rice or porridge, dietary counselling and routine medical treatment. Those with SAM are referred to our Out-Patient Therapeutic Programmes (OTPs) where they can be treated through therapeutic feeding and routine medical treatment.
Those with SAM who also experience clinical complications are referred to in-patient stabilisation centres to receive therapeutic care.
Our health and nutrition programme interventions are designed to save lives, alleviate suffering, improve nutrition and health and develop resilience and stability
Body Mass Index (BMI) testing is conducted for MAM and SAM and is complemented with testing for additional health hazards such as malaria and vitamin deficiencies, given the setbacks these cause in the fight against malnutrition.
Where MAM is detected we provide additional food, such as fortified porridge or fresh vegetables, to children and families.
Where SAM is detected, therapeutic (medicinal) milk formula as well as ready-to-use therapeutic foods are used to treat children.
When patients do not have to stay in a facility, they are attended to as outpatients and provided with therapeutic nutrition and other requisite medications.
When patients have been discharged, but still require treatment, their caregivers are given doses of therapeutic milk and food to administer at home.
Providing people with vitamins, vaccinations and deworming medications, prevents the worsening of malnutrition conditions.
Teaching mothers and caregivers the importance of adequate nutrition and to seek medical assistance when they detect symptoms is essential in the prevention of malnutrition in communities.
Close monitoring of children under the age of five years and pregnant and lactating mothers is undertaken appropriately both within care facilities and upon discharge back to their homes. This is accompanied with adequate nutrition and health education to ensure that rehabilitated individuals do not relapse to malnutrition status.
A resilient population will be able to withstand the shocks brought on by geopolitical events and climate change. When people are economically empowered, they will better be able to deal with disaster when it strikes and able to provide for themselves and their families.
Our economic empowerment activities aim to equip communities with the power to access and manage the resources they need for a sustainable livelihood, as well as to have greater agency in their interactions with social institutions and other social actors who occupy relative positions of power.
Economic empowerment mainly involves including marginalised groups in a range of farm- and market-based commercial activities, such as communal gardens, tool-making, selling surplus produce or registering Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres.
Our Economic Empowerment programme interventions are designed to improve food security, uplift women and youth, improve skills, develop stability and resilience, promote community transformation and restore dignity.
In states of emergency we provide training that can quickly be turned into income generation beneficial to the community such as phone-charging stations or hair salons.
We promote business saving groups, link participants to access sustainable micro-finance opportunities and strengthen linkages between individuals or cooperatives and financial service providers. We provide seed money to women and youth.
Activities include market-relevant education, vocational and technical training, farm-based livelihood activities and financial literacy.
We offer business management training and mentorship as well as market-relevant vocational training. We promote agribusiness and small to medium enterprises.
We foster community-led cooperative movements whereby everyone benefits, especially where refugees and host communities are concerned.