Faculty Advisor

Hersh, Robert

Faculty Advisor

Jiusto, J. Scott

Project Center

Cape Town, South Africa


Upgrading informal settlements in South Africa is a vital yet challenging process requiring persistent multi-stakeholder involvement. The goal of this project was to strengthen the partnership between the informal community of Langrug, Stellenbosch Municipality, the Community Organisation Resource Centre, through innovative, community-driven projects. Through collaboration, we assisted with initial reblocking efforts, finalised designs and plans for the implementation of a community centre, improved current greywater management processes, and began construction of an innovative, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene facility. These projects strengthened community capacity and exemplified the benefits that meaningful partnerships can bring to South Africa's poorest communities.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs