Celebrating Achievement! Winners come from around the globe
Water: Mazhapolima. India
Award Ceremony in November 2018
The WAFA Award represents international credentials and exposure.
For the 200,000 people benefiting from the Mazhapolima rainwater harvesting, WAFA was pleased to present the 2018 WAFA Award with cash assistance and the Award Amphora. The on-site award event was ideal to celebrate and acknowledge the amazing work being done with community-based efforts. Mazhapolima has transformed water access and quality through the improvement of 600,000 wells. With the support and efforts of home workers, businesses, schools, and families, simple plumbing technology is put in place to improve groundwater.
Air: Fuprosomunic Solar Ovens Nicaragua
Award Ceremony in December 2018
The WAFA Award exposes projects to scale and replicate proven new innovations in similar communities globally. Our winner of the Air category, Fuprosomonic in Nicaragua, is a solar oven project. Marketing and distribution of the ovens have mobilized communities that have helped protect women’s rights, clean local air, improve the quality of food, and have new techniques for preserving food.
Food: People and Planet Life Foundation – The Fish Farm Project
Aquaculture Farming: 345 Women’s Businesses
People and Planet Life Foundation (PPLF)
Award Ceremony in January 2019
Rural Nigeria, near the urban centers of Enugu, Port-Harcourt, Abuja, Lagos
In this area, large families are common, often headed only by women who receive no external help. Before “The Fish Farm Project”, their main source of income was subsistence agriculture. PPLF has shifted the local economy from subsistence agriculture to aquaculture, in particular fish farming. The organization educates local women to run this business independently and profitably.
Over 600 women have been trained, and 345 have established their own fish farms. In many cases, their household income has increased by 60%. Of these 345 women, 231 have scaled up their endeavors by establishing additional aquaculture businesses. A fish farm ‘micro-credit scheme’ developed in each community has generated income, providing loans to women for establishing other aquaculture businesses.
The next step is to scale up the project with a 10,000 capacity catfish farm for 200 women in nearby communities. The farm will also serve as an aquaculture learning centre.
Youth: Ebomvini Primary School, South Africal
Award Ceremony in February 2019
WAFA Awards recognize and promote success.
Periodic droughts devastate rural areas like Godloza where Ebomvini Primary School is located. Ebomvini School staff and students have teamed up to develop innovative solutions for water usage, conservation, and recycling. They have also educated the wider community on these solutions.
Within the school the students have developed innovative approaches to recycling grey water, upcycling waste, developing a permaculture garden, designing an ec0-brick pond, and even creating ec0-brick furniture. They have been active in all phases of their projects: design, execution, maintenance, and monitoring.
The WAFA Award Trophy
For Our Winners
The WAFA Amphora is the work of Mogens Møller, the noted Danish sculptor. His creations include Danish currency designs and the Axeltorv vases at Tivoli.
The amphora has timeless significance. Its classic trophy form is a universal symbol of outstanding achievement. At the same time, its fundamental purpose is to safeguard vital food and drink.