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people in Mozambique don't have access to safe water.

21.5 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Mozambique.

4,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Mozambique.

Mozambique is a former Portuguese colony in East Africa, home to over 27 million people. War, floods, droughts and earthquakes have all challenged development here.

The crisis

Just under half the population lives without access to clean, safe water but just $330 could pay for a locally built rope pump.

79% of people don’t have adequate sanitation, causing preventable diarrhoeal diseases that kill 4,200 children under five every year.

This situation has a big impact on health, education and livelihoods, contributing to an average life expectancy of just 50 years.

Our approach

We have been working in Mozambique since 1995, concentrating our efforts on working with the Government to form a national water policy which will reach even the poorest people.

We always use cost-effective, sustainable technology, such as rope pumps and composting latrines, which empower people to manage projects locally.

In Mozambique last year we reached:

  • 61,000 people with safe water
  • 38,000 people with improved sanitation.

Watch this short film to find out more:

A child playing in water.