Mozambique watsan and food for 4 villages and schools


Introduction: In view of the urgency of introducing clean water, due to cholera outbreak end 2012, it was decided to start the project with the available funds, which was just sufficient for 3 villages (instead of the originally planned 4 villages with a required budget of € 40,000.-)
Location:  3 villages in the  district Quissanga of Quirimbas National Park, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique
Project scope: development of example schools and villages, to begin with water, sanitation and increased food production, by simple irrigation
Executing partners:
In Mozambique:
Grupo Saneamento  Bilibiza,(GSB) local implementing organization
In Netherlands: Arrakis: Technical Assistance during mission and fund raising
Financial contribution: Aqua for All + several others: see Project budget: € 34,936.-
Project duration:
ca 1 year until May 2014.
Focus points of development: water, sanitation, income generation, increased  food production  and  education.
Contact person: Jan de Jongh, Arrakis, 0031 40 2819454,

Following the lessons learned from the earlier realized project , where 26 schools were improved in the district Quisanga in Qirimbas Park, in northern Mozambique,  this proposal  concerns a pilot project for 3 remote villages in the same district, which were stricken severely by cholera, end 2012. Since the villagers  need urgently improved water sources, both for drinking and irrigation, and latrines, this project follows a more integral approach, aiming at sustainability. Smallholder farmers are trained to increase production in a Farmers Club. The increased income can amongst others be used to invest in WATSAN for the schools and for their own households. The demo field of the farmers clubs will be provided with an improved well with a hand rope pump. Besides training in low input conservation farming , the farmers receive  inputs such as watering cans, improved seeds and a bicycle to bring products to the markets.

Since most of the watersources in the area are open and polluted, the use of ceramic water filters at the point of use (in the homes) is one of the best solutions to supply clean drinking water. A supply chain for Table top filters is started in Pemba with local sales in the villages.

The local implementing partner GSB selected the 3 villages: Nancarramo, Bem-vindo and Namaluco, with a total population of ca 3000.

1          Context

The project area is located in Quirimbas National Park in the coastal zone of Cabo Delgado Province. The population of about 300.000. Annual rainfall around 800mm. The bedrock is close to the surface. Only 22.6% of the households reported that they produce enough food. The rest are under-nourished and 2% reported having lost a family member from malnutrition during the last year.  Depending on the season, between 16% and 42% of the population have access to water from protected wells. Diseases like diarrhea, malaria and cholera are frequently occurring. 100 dead in 2013 in Nancarramo alone, due to cholera outbreak end 2012. There are a large number of primitive schools, and only a few are on the list of the government to be improved.

2          Long term objectives

One  long term goal is to develop excellent example schools where students are trained to become "developers of the region, where they come from."

Another  long term goal is that all farmers will be able to attract funds from Micro Finance Institutions  and increase their incomes, so that they can contribute to improvements of the schools, becoming independent from donor money.

Another long term goal is to upscale and replicate the project approach in Cabo Delgado and in similar rural areas

3          Target group

The rural population belongs to the poorest people in the world. Only 22.6% of the households reported that they produce enough food. Very few people have a  latrine.

Three  villages  have been selected from 10 villages,  on occurrence of cholera, and on willingness to start a FC and assist with installing WATSAN facilities and set up Water Committees for O&M.

4          Project Goals:

5          Outcome

· 3000 villagers, including 730 schoolchildren + 300 people in Pemba have access to clean water.

· 730  schoolchildren have access to pit latrines;

· About 35% of the villagers have access to pit latrines and awareness has been created in the villages through CLTS training, motivating them to provide the remaining 65%;

· 150 small holder farmers have increased their income by sales of their increased products;

· Water-committees in 3 villages in place and functioning, capable of maintaining the WATSAN systems.




Final Report: Final narrative report June 2014

Progress Photo report August 2013: Activities AUG 2013

    ProgressReport September 2013: Narrative Progress Report Sept 2013
    Progress Photo report October 2013: Table top filters and hand rope pump production

[1][1] This method is better known as Community-led Total Sanitation