Across southern Angola, water is scarce and drought is a big problem for communities. 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 four villages in the province of Huíla and five in the province of Namibe. Poor health systems worsen local people’s living conditions and make problems of malnutrition even worse. That’s why we opened a water plant recently in the village of Kamupapa, in Namibe province. The well can pump 30,000 litres of water a day, is equipped with a disinfection system and is linked up to the school, the medical centre and the homes of teachers and nurses who live near the plant. We’ve also built three public fountains, a trough for livestock and a local solar farm for the community.
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.