Integrated social project in Angola

The project will bring water to people in 43 villages in the provinces of Huíla and Namibe and aid their local development.

We improve services in the provinces of Huíla and Namibe

In southern Angola, water scarcity and drought are the problems that afflict communities the most. The Integrated Social Project, launched in 2017 in collaboration with Angola’s Ministry of Energy and Water and Ministry of Health, aims to improve services in 17 villages in the province of Huíla and in 26 villages in the province of Namibe. Poor health systems worsen local people’s living conditions and make problems of malnutrition even worse.

The ECAP (Escola de Campo Agro Pastoris) schools of farming and husbandry play a part in this project. They have all been set up to improve technical skills in those fields, especially among women.

In 2021, with the South West integrated project, we improved access to energy, water, agricultural practices and health through education programmes, economic diversification and WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) initiatives. 

A project in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an action programme signed in September 2015 by 193 UN member states. It includes 17 goals for socio-economic development of communities and local areas. In line with the Goal 6, through this project we aim to provide and sustainably manage water and health facilities. 

Impact on the environment and communities

Ensuring water, energy, education and medical care means helping to improve the quality of life of the community. With specific regard to water, the main activities concerned are agricultural ones, which is why facilitating access to it allows women farmers to dedicate themselves to cultivating model fields. At present, 1,112 farmers are included in the farmers' associations of the Integrated Social Project and 33 model fields ensure the production of food for consumption, plus a surplus that is sold.

Thanks to our training in ECAP schools, local women learn about new products that can be cultivated and consumed, thus contributing to improving the diversity and quality of the food chain. The topics covered in training activities include: 

  • soil preparation for plant nurseries
  • mulching
  • ventilation
  • importance of using manure as a fertiliser
  • plant pruning.

To implement the project, we collaborate with the non-governmental organisation ADPP (Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo).