Eni is providing water to communities affected by the drought in Southern Angola
One of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals focuses on ensuring access to, and sustainable management of, water and sanitation for all. The Integrated Social Project we are working on in Angola is one way we are helping to achieve these goals and improve living conditions for local populations.
Water is scarce in the Provinces of Huíla and Namibe, and indeed throughout southern Angola, and drought is a serious problem faced by communities. Water shortages or poor water quality and inadequate sanitation have a negative impact on inhabitants' living conditions and exacerbate problems of hunger and malnutrition. Through the Integrated Social Project, organised in partnership with the Angolan Ministry of Energy and Water and Ministry of Health, Eni offers support to a total of 60,000 people in four communities in the municipality of Gambos, Huíla Province, and five communities in the municipality of Bibala, in Namibe Province. The solar power systems and water wells being built through this project are all connected to schools and local health centres. During phase 1 (September 2017-August 2019), the following activities are being carried out:
Very recently, Eni delivered a water system to the community of Kamupapa, in the province of Namibe, which apart from a water well that is able to pump 5,000 liters of water per hour, also includes a water disinfection system, connections to the school, health center, teachers house and nurses house. It also accounts with 1 laundry, 3 water fountains for the community and 1 drinking fountain for the cattle.
Apart from having provided access to water to the community of Kamupapa, Eni also delivered a solar system and is providing health awareness activities and promoting the agricultural activity.
As well as access to water, the project includes the installation of solar-powered systems to generate electricity for schools and health centres, health-awareness campaigns and the creation of farming clubs to encourage improvement in agricultural techniques. As part of our commitment to supporting development in the local area and meeting the needs and expectations of local communities, we are also providing health education and vaccinations to 10,000 families and involving 400 farmers in training programmes.
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