Moss Foundation 2014 Wrap Up

2014 was a great year for MOSS Foundation – because people helped us!

If you spoke up for clean water, bought a collectable at a charity auction or a MOSS t-shirt, donated time or money, or even just put a sticker on your board, then you helped us permanently improve the lives of more than 2,200 people.

2014 saw work on 4 water projects, fed by 3 dams, 1 bore well pump and thousands of metres of hand dug trenches delivering a permanent clean water supply to 51 locations. Veggies gardens can now be established at 2 of the 3 primary schools supplied with clean water.  This enables these schools to not only feed the children, but provide education in growing crops – a very important life skill.

This year’s projects were a mix of 100% MOSS Foundation funded clean water schemes, plus 1 joint venture with the European Union and completion of a World Vision / USAID project.

The skateboarding, music, surfing and business communities were awesome with helping MOSS Foundation in 2014.  There are too many to thank personally here, but you know who you are.

We couldn’t have done it without your help!

Thank you everyone.

MOSS Foundation is a skateboarders’ charity

100% of all funds raised go to building life changing permanent clean water projects in Swaziland, southern east Africa.

Water Project Pipeline Update

Here’s a list summarizing past, present & future projects. We have been building water schemes in Swaziland since 2006 and there are a few more in the pipeline for 2014 & 2015. Each one has its own story and the thousands of people that have been helped all have their own stories. We are honoured to know so many people that have been helping MOSS Foundation selflessly for years now. But so much more is needed, so let’s get on and have some more fun doing our bit for those that need it.



Clean the river project

From Bruce Jameson (MOSS Foundation Volunteer in Swaziland)…

Moss Foundation in Australia have once again come to the rescue by funding this “Clean the river project.”

“Clean the rivers and streams in Swaziland” is a initiative aimed at helping rural women avoid having to wash their belongings in the rivers, by building wash stations. This film is intended to show how a simple wash station can contribute to clean water sources and stable riverine ecosystems. I saw the need for this after travelling extensively in Swaziland on a previous project and was alarmed at the amount of washing soap and other pollutants in the waters from various activities, and felt a need to address this particular one. Hopefully this film will help to fund raise for future wash stations and create awareness of this problem. In rural areas people often have no alternative water source for drinking.

By Rob Francis (MOSS Foundation President)…


Soon after MOSS Foundation installed its first water tank in Swaziland, I received letter and photos from Sister Maureen at Good Sheppard Hospital describing the horrendous things that can happen when communities don’t have clean water. The letter told of baby Philiswa Maziya who was admitted to the hospital suffering from diarrhea caused by unclean water from the only water source available. Her doctor, nurse and grandmother did everything they could to save her life, but tragically she died on her ninth day in hospital. May she rest in peace.

After the volunteer doctor and Sister Maureen left Swaziland they sent me photos of baby Philiswa. It was so very sad to she her look so horribly sick on the day before she died. Out of respect, I just can’t bring myself to post that photo on the internet.

Building wash stations will help keep water borne germs from nappies (diapers) and soap chemicals out of the only drinking water available to so many.


Congratulations to everyone that contributed to the successful construction of this much needed community water supply.

Heart felt thanks go to all the sponsors, auction bidders and volunteers at the CAOSS and MOSS Jam events and Charity Auctions in Australia.

Huge thanks also to Bruce Jameson, MOSS Foundation’s volunteer Project Manager on the ground in Swaziland. Bruce we are in awe of your work – and its all voluntary.

MOSS Foundation is also grateful that the Umpakhatsi community were willing to put in the work to dig 5,100 metres of trenches – by hand! That is a lot of hard work.

Stay tuned for news of the current project under construction at Patmos Primary School, Swaziland, Southern East Africa

100% of cash raised by MOSS Foundation goes to building water schemes in Swaziland, southern east Africa.

Umpakasi’s water supply

The water supply for the villagers of Umpakasi was drawn from the ground, and required children, often the girls, drawing and carrying the water for the family, keeping them away from school for protracted periods.

The water flows!

This is 1 of 24 installed water taps in Umpakasi.  Now girls will be able to go to school , rather than carry water all day for their families – often up to 4 kilometres away.

Education is the road out of poverty, so stand tall if you bought a t-shirt, sausage or bid at the MOSS Jam charity auction!

MOSS delivers in 2007

Before these people had a water tank, babies were dying of water born diseases from being fed formula made with dirty bore water. Girls had to walk up to 5 miles to get that dirty water from the only bore in the area. The water comes out of the bore slowly, so they had to queue up for the water and then carry it back home. Just collecting water took them so long that there was no time for school.

Now the government will fill up the tank with clean water. They would have supplied water before, but there was nowhere to store it.