This project is NOT just about water. This project involves partnering with an entire rural community in Mozambique to improve the quality of their lives forever. In a local school a clean water source, large garden and full sanitation center are built. A committee is formed (7 women, 6 men) who are then trained in disease prevention; hygiene, women's health; agriculture; well maintenance; leadership and income generation. New leaders emerge, women are empowered and true long term change happens
Rural communities in Mozambique are trapped in poverty because of lack of access to safe, clean drinking water. The impact of a life of fetching and drinking water filled with disease is unfathomable. Women and children spend their entire days walking up to 5 km through treacherous terrain to fetch water from rivers, creeks, stagnant ponds and open traditional wells, to provide for their families. There also a sanitation crisis, school children defecate in the open because of lack of sanitation
Our focus is on sustainability. We believe in "teaching a man to fish, not just giving a man a fish". Our community projects are built on a platform of empowering the people. We choose the most vulnerable schools in the area, and install not only a water well, but a large community garden to reduce hunger in school children, and for the community to sell to create income. We build full sanitation centers and train the community in how to maintain the well, improve agriculture and prevent disease
When a community is given the tools and education to keep their project sustainable, they can benefit from the same water well for 20+ years. Our goal is to fund 2 projects which will provide safe, clean water and sustainable infrastructure to approximately 4000. The number of men, women and children impacted longterm over the coming decades is much much greater. Children will no longer miss school because of sickness or fetching water, and women will have their time back to get education/work.