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Project Update — Light the World 2023

PROJECT UPDATE

Light the World

Photo Courtesy of Light the World

Photo Courtesy of Light the World

Over Christmas thousands of you lined up to #LightTheWorld at vending machines throughout the country. From Salt Lake to New York City: you amazed us with your generous support of clean water projects.

Today, we have some very good news to share about your impact. We are proud to report on our project in Mozambique, equipping health care centers with clean water, sanitation and hygiene supplies. This project is just over halfway complete and we couldn’t wait to share the pictures as the project takes shape.

Under construction

One of the most popular items in the vending machine was Safe Birth for a Mom. To provide this, we are building and rennovating the water and sanitation facilities for the local health center. This will allow women to deliver their babies in clean facilities with private showers and toilets.

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All photos WaterAid/Ricardo Franco

All photos WaterAid/Ricardo Franco

The Community well: a deep dive

Work is on-going but the project is taking shape.

Community well

Today, we have some very good news, we are proud to report on our project in Mozambique, equipping health care centers with clean water, sanitation and hygiene supplies. This project is just over halfway complete and we couldn’t wait to share the pictures.

 

In these pictures you will see the beginning of the community water point.

The area still needs to be fenced in.

The foundations are laid and work is ongoing. This project, part of a larger project in the area was made possible through your #LightTheWorld donations.

The surrounding area will be flattened and covered in concrete.

Once the floor has been finished members of the community can collect safe, clean water at their convenience.

Members of the community are excited for what these new services will do. Aurelio Ernesto is the person in charge of collecting water for the Etatara Health Unit in Niassa Province, Mozambique. He cannot wait for the water to flow:

When there's water here, my life will change, it'll be better. And I'm even going to put on a bit of weight because all the time I'm walking that distance, back and forth, back and forth, sometimes I lose weight too! …The most important thing here for the health center is water. The works I see here are to be commended. It's getting better and better. “
Auerlio, the water collector for the health center

WaterAid/Ricardo Franco

WaterAid/Ricardo Franco

WaterAid/Ricardo Franco

WaterAid/Ricardo Franco

WaterAid/Ricardo Franco

WaterAid/Ricardo Franco

“I see that here in Etatara the hospital is improving a lot. It used to have no toilets, no water.

Now when a person is born, there’s no need to go to the river. Now we have water, when a person gives birth, we bathe, we go home clean. Things are really improving!
Esmerealda, member of the community

Thank You