Water and Sanitation

Inadequate water management and plumbing systems, along with poor hygiene and a lack of access to drinking water increase poverty levels on the island.

We work to reduce the rate of diseases caused by dirty water, the result of a lack of adequate infrastructure or its improper use.

The work of the organisation in this area is focused on the following activities: creating water storage facilities, renovation and maintenance work on existing wells, running hygiene awareness campaigns, and creating local committees that focus on water management.

Thanks to the numerous water purification projects we have carried out, there are 70 functioning wells on Ibo, many of them built completely from scratch. We continue with our well construction and maintenance project. 

In the Ibo District, these projects have been particularly complicated due to certain characteristics of the island’s subsoil, and its fresh water aquifers.

It is for this reason that we have been carrying out more awareness campaigns to promote the involvement of the local population in the course of the project.

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Professional Training

In the field of vocational training, we have two key initiatives:

The Ibo Trade School (Escuela Oficios de Ibo – EOI) is a project we have created to catalyse development in the Ibo district. We provide training that is focused on improving young people’s employabilty, and offer training in hospitality, entrepreneurship, electrical engineering, information technology, and mechanics).

This school began its activities in 2012 and was effectively approved by the Mozambique Institute for Employment and Professional Training Mozambique (INEFP). In the past year the school has had more than 130 students enrolled in the different courses it offers.

Alongside this project, the Carpentry School / Workshop has become our first 100% self-sustainable project (generating enough income to cover expenses) and has a local staff of 40 people.

The workers and apprentices contribute to the island’s economic activity. Each year, 10 new carpenters complete their training, and they continue to work closely with the school offering teaching support.

The Taller de Carpintería School (carpentry workshop) was born in 2004 to support unemployed young people, most of whom are illiterate and had little means to make a living on the island. The school introduced them into the labor market and recovered a trade traditionally practised on the island. In addition to this, the project led to the restoration of a beautiful building that was in ruins.

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Food Supply and Gender Equality

Malnutrition is one of the most pressing problems in the Ibo District. In fact, 51.4% of children between 6 months and 5 years old suffer from chronic malnutrition, one of the highest rates in Mozambique.

One of the main problems people face is a lack of access to a balanced, varied diet, and an unstable food supply, two factors that make development at a local level very difficult.

The project has been divided into three parts:

  1. Carrying out a nutritional survey. This study, based on fieldwork, shows us the nutritional state of the population, (particularly amongst children). We use this survey to help us build a picture of the situation on the island, and it is a key reference point for our close work with the island population.
  2. Creation of the centre. We have renovated an abandoned building in Ibo, alongside local people and institutions. The centre was opened in March 2010.
  3. Development of the Nutritional Education Programme. The Nutritional Centre has helped over 5000 people. The importance of our programme lies in its long-term sustainability, since rather than handing out nutritional supplements, it has formulated five recipes for nutritionally enriched porridge which people can easily make using local produce.
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