A Spring of Hope’s core mission is to partner with rural South African schools to bring them clean water sources and sustainable economic development opportunities. To date, we have drilled wells at 27 schools in South Africa, with several more projects pending. In addition to drilling wells, we have also implemented a comprehensive permaculture program, in which all our partner schools participate. Leanette Sithole – the principal of Beretta Primary, our flagship school – administers the program, which teaches school staff to maximize the yield from their gardens and conserve the precious water supplied by their wells.
A number of challenges continue to present themselves. Sanitation remains a big issue. Many schools lack adequate toilets or kitchen facilities to prepare the food grown in their gardens. Our dedicated team is always searching for solutions. For instance, we are installing waterless toilets at some of the campuses and we maintain relationships with all our partner schools, allowing us to identify those which are struggling with garden cultivation or need repairs on their irrigation infrastructure and provide them the necessary ongoing support.