Water Project Ensures Community Resilience

Water
Water access greatly improves the quality of life (Photo: UNDP Moz)

Mr. Domingos Joaquim Mabunda, stands in front of his water tank and proudly says that for the first time ever, he is assured of water for the entire year.  This is remarkable given that Gija distric, some 280 km north of the capital city Maputo, is one of the driest districts in the country, semi-arid, with very limited rainfall. The situation is exacerbated because no river passes through the region. 

Often, this region goes for over 9 months with no rains making life and livelihoods extremely challenging. Families such as Domingos’ have to trek for hours to collect water. Thus, surface water consumption was widespread.

Highlights

  • Often, this region goes for over 9 months with no rains making life and livelihoods extremely challenging
  • With assured potable water, precious family time can be used for other sustenance activities
  • UNDP is now documenting the result and study ways to replicate the initiative to other areas with similar challenges.

With assured potable water, precious family time can be used for other sustenance activities. This also ensures them a healthier life with reduced risk of waterborne diseases, improvement of hygiene among others.

Domingos is among the people who benefited from training on water catchment and preservation implemented by UNDP and partners. He is one of the people who received training and as a result his life and that of his family changed.  Domingos was able to apply the techniques and now has a reserve of about 18.000 liters, in an area where it only rains once or twice a year.

The aim of the project he benefited from is to address the severe drought by building infrastructure for water harvesting and irrigation systems for small scale in at least seven communities.

To be able to collect the rain water, tanks were built in different areas of implementation of the project which aimed to train and empower communities in easy techniques, inexpensive and efficient to increase water availability and security.  The population received training in these techniques to ensure ownership and sustainability of the project.

Hundreds of other families who benefit from the project are happily reporting that their quality of life has improved tremendously.  Before the project, whenever it rained in this region communities would gather water from the ponds for drinking and cooking and share with the cattle. 

UNDP is now documenting the results of this project to replicate the initiative to other areas with similar climate and facing similar challenges.  Given that most of these communities are impoverished, access to water is a lifeline to achieve self-reliance, combat poverty and attain sustainable development.   

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