Cyclone Idai swept across Mozambique in March 2019, leaving a trail of massive destruction. In cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Solidar Suisse provided emergency relief. We installed temporary drinking water supply systems, disinfected contaminated water and built latrines in two resettlement camps. By repairing and building wells we have managed to provide access to drinking water for over 15,000 people.
We continue to work in on the construction of permanent wells and water systems in the storm-affected regions. We are also training local water committees to maintain the wells. And we distributed seeds and tools to around 3,000 families who have lost their harvest and often their homes too due to the floods. To resume capacity of agriculture production Solidar Suisse organizes a series of Seed and Tool Fairs to stimulate the local market. So far 6,000 families have been able to supply themselves with seeds.
Providing support sustainably
Solidar Suisse has been providing assistance in Mozambique with the construction and repair of wells since as early as 2011: clean drinking water and better hygiene are keys to health and a better life. In the districts of Macate (Manica Province) and Bárùe (Sofala Province), Solidar is supporting the local population and district governments in the construction of drinking water supply systems. Here too we are training village water committees to enable them to maintain water sources autonomously. Latrines are being built for primary schools and the children informed about hygiene.
Thanks to several water projects we have been able to supply more than 60,000 people with drinking water in the past few years, 4,000 people have access to new sanitary facilities and more than 100,000 people have been educated on hygiene measures. Solidar Suisse is a member of Swiss Water & Sanitation Consortium, a consortium of eight Swiss NGOs implementing water projects in ten countries in Africa and Asia.