WASSUP; The Water, Amenities, and Sanitation Services Upgrade Project is all about revamping the slums of Africa, focusing mainly on a community called Diepsloot. Bringing the unity to community the W ASSUP initiative focuses on environmental upgrades, public health, and safety measures. After several visits and interactions with the locals based in this settlement Global Studio (a think tank of like minded individuals) discovered a major problems that hindered positive growth. Which founded two major aspects of their project; providing the area with new and working toilet systems and sewer network, and instillation to warm the freezing homes of the people living in Diepsloot. With the community they created a new, simple, and low cost solution of creating a bucket drain system that allowed for excess water to be used for agriculture growth rather than leaking and causing an unhealthy environment. Reeling in support from all over the world, individuals from the University of Sydney, Columbia University, University of Rome, and over 500 participates from 66 different universities collaborate in generating ideas for more equitable cities. Through their work, I see the positive social change taking place. As a member of community service abroad programs, the impact begins the moment positive individuals step into the community. The change begins almost immediately. After watching the video posted, I recognize the smiles, and the positive changing spirit that washes over the community and its people, just from these interactions. Even now is 2015 WAASIP continues to repair and maintain over 122 toilet systems in Diepsloot, eliminating the gray waste one step at a time! As an added bonus WASSUP has now partnered with the Diepsloot Arts & Culture Network, presenting “edutainment,” which involves street performance, and artistic decoration of toilets with the resident children. Personally I would participate in this program, creating better living environments through very simple methods that allow for a brighter and better life for others.
*all images stolen from http://www.stickysituations.org/wassup-diepsloot/ *