Sarah Dekker, LWF Mozambique
The effects of climate change are felt increasingly in the rural areas of Mozambique. The dry season is getting longer and longer. In the Sofala Province, many women spend most of their day searching for water. Sometimes they have to sleep outside their village to reach the nearest water source.
A group of women from Hode village in Sofala, trained by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), constructed a big covered water cistern. They now have drinking water during the dry season. They say: “This is a massive improvement for our village. Instead of spending our time and energy looking for water, we can now be with our children. The water is protected and cleaner than the water from the river. This first cistern will not provide enough water for the whole village, but we will build more cisterns in the coming years.”
The people of the village are responsible for managing their own water supply. They did all the digging and construction. LWF together with its funding partners has provided technical advice and the bags of cement.