This programme includes the provision of safe, sustainable water supplies in the municipalities of Baia Farta, Chinguar, Tchindjenje and Moxico, as well as encouraging the construction of toilets and promotion of good hygiene practices. The project also helps the provincial authorities to develop improved water policies and assist in replicating the project in other parts of the country; bringing major improvements to the health of thousands of similar vulnerable communities.
£300,000 invested to date
107,000 lives changed
Before the construction of this well, we used to fetch water from a river. Our children were suffering from diarrhoea and fever so we always had to go to hospital. We were not also sure about the main source of this problem. While they came to our village and the water well work was underway, we were taught the importance of clean water and its impact on health. The previous frequent travel to hospital is no more a reality after we have been accessed to the clean water source in our own village. We had a similar well near to the river but it was not protected like this and did not prevent us from all such sickness.
As a Water Committee member, we have been taught how to keep our village clean and about personal hygiene. It was after that we have managed to mobilise our village members to dig latrines, rubbish pits and to avoid defecating in open air and avoid garbage in the village.
Forty years of conflict have left Angola’s infrastructure in tatters. The government has invested heavily in water and sanitation services since peace returned ten years ago, but it has prioritised more densely populated urban areas. In rural areas, where an estimated 94 per cent of households live in poverty, people have no option but to use contaminated water, and open defecation is common practice. As a result, water-related diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera continue to take a terrible toll on vulnerable people and children in particular, claiming thousands of lives every year.
- Distributing 46 toolkits to water management groups for water point maintenance and an established register of local tradespeople to provide affordable spare parts and technical support.
- Training of 46 community water management groups and community hygiene promoters, reducing water-related diseases, improving communities health through the widespread adoption of new toilets and better hygiene practices.
- Building and repairing of 46 broken water points – fitting low-cost, low maintenance hand pumps, improving the availability of safe, clean water.
- Training of provincial water authorities to collect and analyse water and sanitation data, helping them to monitor the water points’ performance. Results will be shared with other provinces to encourage replication.