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people in Mozambique don't have access to safe water. This is over half the population.

Over 19 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Mozambique, over four fifths of the population.

Over 9,000 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 24 million people. War, floods, droughts and earthquakes have all challenged development here.

The crisis

It is estimated that 47% of the population lives without access to clean, safe water but just £200 could pay for a locally built rope pump.

Just 19% of the population has access to adequate sanitation and preventable diarrhoeal diseases cause around 10% of child deaths.

Poor access to water and sanitation has an impact on education and livelihoods contributing to a life expectancy of just 49 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:

  • 78,000 people with safe water
  • 71,000 people with improved sanitation.

Watch this short film to find out more:

A child playing in water.