Nhativunvu Village

We have worked with Village Water on a project in Mozambique which benefits 363 people and this is a little bit more about it.

Previously the 363 people living in Nhativunvu were collecting water from this open river.

With no safe water source nearby, the women & young girls were either forced to walk incredibly long distances to find it, or use the dirty water for all their daily needs: cooking, drinking, bathing & washing.They were also at risk of crocodile attacks when collecting water from the river. Because of the unclean water, waterborne disease like diarrhoea, cholera & eye & skin infections were common & frequent.

64-year-old Beti Matipwa told us, “As you can see, not having a pump has a very strong negative impact on our community. We travel long distances in search of water, we leave at dawn and return at noon, and the activities in the fields reduce because the time is short due to the distances. Without water there is no life.”

Each community your funds supported (& all the villages we work with) have only unsafe sources like rivers, unprotected scoop holes & open wells as an option for water.

It’s WASH (not just water)

Field staff led the Nhativunvu community in hygiene and sanitation (H&S) training, covering the cause & prevention of disease & how private bathing, toilet & handwashing facilities can be made from local & low-cost resources.

Each family constructs their own toilet & handwashing area.

Pictured, field staff from local partner WATSAN runs the first H&S sessions at Nhativunvu.

 

Community members tell us that these sessions enable them to talk about traditionally taboo hygiene matters such as menstrual health & open defecation. Hygiene knowledge is essential alongside safe water to protect them & their families from everyday disease.

After multiple H&S sessions, a local well enterprise installed a new pump.

Water quality is tested to ensure it meets international standards & follow-up monitoring of points will continue for 5 years.

18-year-old Telmatold us the difference. “The availability of water in the community has immensely changed our lifestylebecausenowmost children are able to get to school on time, wash their bodies and to drink potable water. Children are also protected from crocodiles in nearby rivers.”

Pictured, Telma using the new pump!

A maintenance fund is set up by each village to fund future repairs:so far Nhativunvu community members has raised 20 kwacha & plan to all contribute monthly. Many families choose to reserve areas of farm land to sell when needed instead. This means all families are included & take ownership of the pump, no matter of income.

A newly organised water committee will continue to encourage households to uphold hygiene practice.They are also trained in basic pump maintenance by the well enterprise team so they can keep their new water source functioning for a long time. With proper maintenance each

In a warming world, water poverty is an ever increasing problem.

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