Many schools throughout South Africa don’t have sustainable access to water. Together with MySchool, we’ve launched the LOVEH2O WATER FUND to help address this issue. Our primary goal is to raise funds so we can provide sustainable sources of water by installing rain water tanks at schools, especially in the areas affected by the drought, and help educate learners about the importance of water conservation through our Woolworths Education Programme.

The water collected in the rain water tanks can be used for hand washing and toilets so these schools can stay open in case of water outages, and to help them grow sustainable food gardens of vegetables and fruit for school lunches and to share with their communities.

Woolworths and MySchool gave R1.9 million towards installing tanks at schools in drought-stricken areas. With your help, we can do so much more. 

Keep track of our progress here

Helping won't cost you a cent

If you’re already a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet supporter, you can help by supporting the LOVEH2O WATER FUND by making it one of your beneficiaries, and it won’t cost you a cent! Then, every time you shop, swipe your card and a percentage of what you spend will be given to the Fund on your behalf.

(If you have any Woolies card, you can link it to MySchool on their mobile app, by calling them on 0860 100 445 or emailing If you don’t have a Woolies or MySchool card, apply for your free MySchool card by downloading the MySchool app or apply within any Woolworths store.)

Part of a bigger picture

The establishment of the LOVEH2O WATER FUND is just one part of a long-term, sustainable programme that has water conservation at its heart. Here’s more about what the Woolworths Education Programme and MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet are already doing for nature conservation. To read more about what Woolies is doing to protect this precious resource, click here.

With your help, we can make even more of a difference to the lives of the children at these schools as well as to their communities. 

How we chose our schools

The schools were selected on the basis of:

  • Evidence of effective school management
  • School needs analysis, including available resources and condition of existing water infrastructure
  • Community involvement in the school

Planned Impact and Interventions:

The projected impact of the project will include 3906 learners and 191 staff members and of course the greater community that will benefit from these systems.

We seek to create greater resilience; water sustainability and water sovereignty at schools, the project will provide rainwater harvest (and filtration*) systems at under-resourced schools for use in drinking*, cooking, irrigation and ablution

  • Upgrading of building infrastructure to enable rainwater harvesting
  • Install water points where applicable
  • Install, stablilize, and treat existing water tanks, installing new tanks where necessary
  • Install filtration systems
  • Replace borehole pumps where necessary
  • Install filtration systems (where applicable)

When Will The Project Be Initiated?

LOVEH2O is an ongoing project, having completed projects at three schools in Newcastle in KZN. The next phase focuses on five schools in the Western and Eastern Cape. We aim to have completed 20 schools by the end of June 2019.

Who is involved in the implementation of the funds?

Implementation of projects using funds raised for the LOVEH20 Fund is overseen by a corss-functional team consisting of individuals from us at Woolworths as well as MySchool, with oversight from our very own Head of Sustainability at Woolies. 

How to offer further support: 

The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme raises funds for over 8 000 schools and charities every time you shop, they give back up to 1% of your spend on your chosen charities.

Raise funds for the LOVEH2O fund by linking your Woolworths, WRewards or MySchool card to LOVEH2O WATER FUND.

Add LOVEH2O as a beneficiary here.