our environmental policy
It is the goal of fws to build a more sustainable future for people born into less fortunate circumstances.
So, our children's village designs strive to meet ‘best practice’ systems for sustainability, and our construction and development projects consciously work to:
1. Minimise our footprint
The ‘footprint’ of human activities is simply defined as the impact that we have on our environment - socially, culturally, economically and environmentally. fws ensures that any of these impacts are minimised for the long-term benefit of the local people.
2. Use existing resources or by-products
Resources that are considered common or readily available in developed countries are often difficult to obtain in developing countries. Conversely, many other potentially usable materials are readily available in developing countries, yet are considered ‘waste’.
With a growing need for environmental sustainability, societies must aim to remove the term ‘waste’ from our vocabulary, and alternatively refer to them as ‘by-products’ which can then be reused.
Old tyres, building materials and even human faeces can be beneficially utilised with the resulting quantity of waste being greatly reduced or eliminated. fws strives to ensure that existing local resources and by-products are used wherever possible, without the generation of excess waste.
3. Build the capacity of local communities
The provision of ‘material’ aid and funding in developing countries is not ‘sustainable’ unless it is supported with education. Goodwill and financial support alone will not achieve the long-term goals of development unless the skills of local community members are increased through education.
Capacity building and education, combined with local ingenuity and passion, can provide the necessary skills required by many people to better assist themselves. That's why all projects completed by fws incorporate simple yet innovative solutions, designs, and management strategies to build the capacity of residents and local community members.
The aim is to develop ‘model’ projects with initiatives that locals can learn from, adapt or modify to meet their specific needs. We know that we have done our job right when we can return to an area in five years' time and see that the sustainability concepts incorporated into fws 's children's village have spread throughout the surrounding community.