Who We Are
One section for organization history, one for the situation in sub saharan africa, one for our mission
THE INTUBA APPROACH
Impacting Southern Africa by planting physical and spiritual seeds.
Intuba is envisioning strengthening sustainability through environmental actions. Intuba began with two priorities for rural communities in Southern Africa:
to provide access to clean, safe water and sustainable agriculture.
Intuba started as an "International Fountain of Hope" and was recently renamed to Intuba, meaning "access" or "gateway" in the Zulu language. Intuba's efforts provide an access or gateway to a better quality of life, both physically and spiritually.
We as an organization have listened deeply to the community's cries for easier access to a clean sustainable water source. At the same time, these rural communities are yearning for a better yield for their crops every year- crops that mean life through adequate nourishment. Our approach provides them an economic opportunity to sell quality crops for a profit.
If we can help communities access clean water and provide sustainable crops for themselves, it's a huge win! But, our vision doesn't stop there. We also connect with communities, support groups, and organizations to help them get access to their social and educational needs.
"Envisioning a world where everyone has access to the most basic needs of life."
-Raphael Mtombeni: Founder and President of INTUBA
A GLOBAL CRISIS
THE GLOBAL WATER CRISIS
1 out of 9 people across the world lack access to clean, safe, drinking water.
In Southern Africa, millions of women and children have to walk 4 miles and sometimes 5-8 hours a day just to access water.
Any water they can access is above ground in streams and rivers and often filled with bacteria and diseases that cause even more suffering for the local villages.
The water crisis is the #1 global risk facing our communities today based upon impact to society.
THE CONTINUAL DISADVANTAGE OF HUMAN POVERTY
The Southern Africa region has undergone decades of social plight of women, men and children. The reality of global poverty today leaves communities without access to resources that can help promote education, health, income levels, and overall thriving of human potential.
Our aim is to help these communities gain access to the resources they desire. Through our work, we can offer educational supplies, fees for schooling, clothing, tools, transportation, and much more.
THE LACK OF SUSTAINABLE FARMING SKILLS
The dry, sub-sahara climate of Southern Africa leaves rural communities struggling to keep crops healthy and viable throughout the year.
Many communities practice survival gardening: planting crops year-round just so they have enough to provide for themselves and their families.
The lack of access to sustainable food is one of the most urgent world emergencies. People in Southern Africa are some of the most disadvantaged when it comes to farming skills and sustainable agriculture.
STEPS TO SUSTAINABILITY
When the team at Intuba evaluates the individual community projects, we consider the many variables that each community and country offers. Our overarching goal for each project to establish a community that is self-sustainable and able to take on the many variables that living in a Sub-saharan climate offers. We want our communities in which we work to not only grow, but to thrive!
Our goal for every community project has the following components in each, with variables added depending on the specific communities needs and challenges:
WATER SOURCE: A supply of clean water that is available year-round and not susceptible to climate change or drought. The average cost of drilling a borehole in Southern Africa is $7,000 and Intuba contracts out to reputable and trustworthy partners to drill our wells. We will also evaluate existing boreholes to determine whether we need a new well or to rehabilitate an existing well. Water catchment projects are also part of the strategy that Intuba uses (Khomga, South Africa) if drilling a new well is not permitted or possible.
WASH PROGRAM: Intuba understands that bringing in a clean water source without effective education is irresponsible. We teach a simple method of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)and our objective is to have a new latrine built in the community close to the water source, and to teach simple but effective hand washing techniques to all members of the community. It has been stated by W.H.O. (world health organization) that when you include a complete WASH program, the overall health of a community is improved by 93%.
RAISED BED AND DRIP IRRIGATION GARDEN: Once a sustainable source of clean water is provided to a community, Intuba will begin to develop a community garden which will bring a much needed source of nutrition to the members of the community. As the garden is expanded, the intention is to produce a sufficient quantity of vegetables that the excess is then taken to and sold at the local market, thus producing a much needed source of community revenue.
FENCING: Unless the new borehole and gardens have effective fencing, animals and external elements will destroy or limit the life of the community project.
TRAINING: Our Intuba team leader will work with the community leaders to ensure proper training and methods are taught to all of the community members. It is to be understood that this project is their project, and the responsibility for success comes from within the community. Part of the training that Intuba undertakes is to establish a firm understanding of sound business principles and ethics
SOLAR PUMPS AND STORAGE TANKS: It is not uncommon for a new borehole in Southern Africa to serve a very wide territory and population. Due to the excessive use of the borehole, it is normally necessary to include a submersible pump that is powered by Solar panels, and to have the water pumped into large storage containers in which the community can have all day and night access to.
BUSINESS EVALUATION AND TRAINING: Intuba does not consider a project complete until we conduct a regional business seminar lead by a certified Intuba Team Leader. This two day seminar will include sound business practices such as reinvesting profits into the community, saving proceeds for repair and maintenance of boreholes and garden improvements. We will also assess the local communities needs and determine what protein project would best serve the community and surrounding area.
‘PROTEIN’ PROJECTS: Depending on the community needs and potential market, Intuba will introduce a protein project into each community project. Examples of these projects are: chicken (either egg or broilers), rabbits, fish, goats, cattle, pigs etc. These protein projects start small and can be scaled up according to the communities needs and ability within.