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Communities’ improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene

September 26th, 2012 by Posted in Angola, Countries, English, Water and sanitation

By Priyal Pillay

Oxfam has continued its commitment to improve poor Angolans access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. The current two WASH projects have been supported by the European Union and UNICEF. The total cost of the projects is 2,706, 231 GBP and above 25% is Oxfam‘s contribution. The number of direct beneficiaries is 167,383 in 48 communities and indirect beneficiaries are estimated to be 445,000 in Moxico, Bie, Huambo and Benguela Provinces. So far, 111 water wells have been constructed. The project integrates latrine construction as part of effort to mitigate open air defecation.

Ngueleya Musambe, mother of 8. Photograph: Priyal Pillay /Oxfam

Ngueleya Musambe, mother of 8. Photograph: Priyal Pillay/Oxfam

Nguleya’s Story

Ngueleya Musambe, a mother of eight children, has been living in the Equimina community from 1978. A water well was constructed in her village for the first time in 2011. ‘I feel very happy that we now have this water. It was very hard before. There was a lot of suffering for me and my family, but now it is over and I am grateful.”

“Previously we used to get water from the well but it was very far away from this village, maybe 7-8km away. It used to take almost the whole day to fetch water. I still had to grind the maize when I returned. After a while, we began to take the maize with us early in the morning to the well and grind it there. I am very happy, very happy now that it is easier to get water just here. Fetching water was the full responsibility of women and was painful travelling and carrying load every day especially those who did not have a donkey. It was really tough particularly when we were pregnant. We have now adequate time for other social matters. This water is a relief for women. ”

 Pinto Noejoao,(r) Rosa Nanganjo, (l). Photograph: Priyal Pillay /Oxfam

Pinto Noejoao,(r) Rosa Nanganjo, (l). Photograph: Priyal Pillay/Oxfam

Pinto Noejoao (45), a farmer and teacher in the Dandala community which is 75 km out of Kuito says that he is grateful that his community now has this water point. “There have been many water problems here and although we are very happy with this water point, one is not enough. There are 4820 people for one water pump. Before this pump we used to get water from the river which was 2km away. Usually we farm 200 kilos of beans and 600 kilos of maize a year, but this year has been very difficult. There has been no rain since November 2011 and all of the crops have been destroyed. We also farm near the river in case there is no rain but this is not enough. We need more help.”

“Government is not helping us and we would like more to be done in this community. There is nothing for the people here. We need more points of water and there is only one small hospital which is far, 7km away. Sometimes people here die because there is no medicine at the hospital when we go there. There is only one school for the big children and that is far too, near the hospital.”

Rosa Nanganjo (39), who was also born in Dandala says that the main problem she faces is the threat of diareahea because there have been many cases in the community. “My biggest worry is where to get and store clean and safe water for my 3 children. That is my biggest problem.”

Oxfam works with Cruz Azul (Blue Cross) in Equimina community, Benguela Province. Cruz Azul was established in Benguela in 1995. The organization mainly engaged in running Alcohol and drug addicts’ rehabilitation centers in addition to its work in human rights promotion, HIV/AIDS, malaria and cholera prevention. It began its partnership with Oxfam in 2004 on micro-credit for women. Since 2006, we have been working together on HIV/AIDS, cholera prevention and WASH. Cruz Azul is expected to complete the construction of 11 water points and 50 latrines until March 2014. Five of the water points are already completed and start providing service to the community.

 Mr Castilho Singelo has been a Managing Director of Cruz Azul since 2006. Photograph: Priyal Pillay /Oxfam

Mr Castilho Singelo has been a Managing Director of Cruz Azul since 2006.Photograph: Priyal Pillay/Oxfam

“Before we established partnership with Oxfam, we were focusing only on the alcohol and drug addicts’ rehabilitation. We could diversify our engagement area with Oxfam‘s technical and financial support. The participatory methodologies that we could adopt helped us to create communities who are involved in all project phases. It has also shaped our actions and we have start valuing communities’ genuine participation. Oxfam’s genuine concern and sense of accountability for partnership and the development process helped us to transform from where we were to where we are now.”

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