The Dignity Project was initiated as a collaboration between AfrikaBurn and the OBSID (Observatory Improvement District) to provide crisis sanitation facilities for the street-based community of Observatory.
The units built and deployed by the Dignity Project consist of a 1,000-litre capacity standalone toilet unit and hand-washing stations. These are based on the facilities used at our main annual event in the Tankwa Karoo, and are the same that were prototyped at the Streetopia 2018 event.
With the outbreak of COVID-19 becoming an emergency that has required an increase in the practicing of personal hygiene routines such as the regular and thorough washing of hands with soap, the Dignity Project’s focus has expanded beyond the initial need for rapidly deployable public toilets, but also units that incorporate a water tank, tap and basin.
The Wash Station prototype was developed in collaboration with Maker Station in Woodstock, Cape Town, with fabrication undertaken by members of AfrikaBurn’s Department of Public Works crew.
All team members involved in the fabrication and installation of the Dignity Project units have the necessary permits to be mobile in order to provide this service during lockdown period, when movement is limited to Essential Service Workers.
Our vision is to provide practical solutions for positive change in underprivileged and marginalised communities while providing youth with employment opportunities and a sense of purpose.
Stay tuned for more info on this fantastic aspect of the social development work that your main annual event ticket is funding. And, if you’d like to find out how you could assist the Dignity Project, email [email protected]