A pandemic and now, a crisis

February 2nd, 2021

Rezinha and her children are now having to live in a makeshift home. Read her story below:

Village Water has been working in Mozambique since 2016. Since then, we have significantly scaled up our programming to work with over a thousand local communities to improve access to clean water, improve sanitation and hygiene education (WASH). 

We’re also well-placed with our local partners WATSAN, in location and expertise, to support emergency relief efforts, like Cyclone Idai and more recently, Cyclone Eloise. 

To help us reach inaccesible communities, we are appealing for £2,744 , the cost of a motorcycle for our partners WATSAN.

Macate is 10km from Chimoio, and many of the people we work with live in the area. It’s also directly in the path of Cyclone Eloise. WATSAN were able to reach the town but the destroyed and flooded roads made the journey time-consuming and dangerous. 

Rezinha lives in Macate. She and her 7 children are safe, but her home and her livelihood have been destroyed by the Cyclone. 

“My house was destroyed by Cyclone Eloise.  I am very sad today because it is a challenge for me to rebuild this house. Most of my crops at the fields were also destroyed.”

COVID cases in Mozambique have risen by 82% from 5th – 31st January, and The UN’s health agency has said the new aggressive variant is behind the huge spike.  

Rezinha and her children are now having to live in a makeshift home, below. She and families living in crowded evacuation centres are at even higher risk of catching COVID-19, along with the other prevalent diseases that spread due to a lack of WASH like cholera and diarrhoea. 

“Last week we were doing borehole identification and repairs. The car the team were using got stuck for a couple of days in the field and now we are repairing the cars.”

Rufaro, WATSAN

To help us reach inaccessible communities, we are appealing for £2,744 , the cost of a motorcycle for our partners WATSAN.