1 August, 2023 | Katienne Miranda
Categories: Carbon Offsetting, Mozambique, Safe Water, Southeast Africa

Our microscale Project in Manica Province, Mozambique has issued credits for the 3rd time! Indicating success in delivering safe water, with our partners Village Water and WATSAN to rural communities in Mozambique. This project began in 2018, with the rehabilitation of an Afridev pump, as seen below.

Rehabilitation of an Afridev pump in 16 de Junho Mussarifo

Image of newly rehabilitated active water point

Alongside the 240 rehabilitations completed, WATSAN offers community members training to conduct minor repairs, and workshops on safety and hygiene, to ensure the long-term sustainability of the project. These WASH trainings are conducted annually, as well as training on conducting minor repairs on the borehole. This ensures that there are regular checks on the functionality of the Borehole as well.

The Monitoring Period of this issuance, was during the Covid-19 pandemic. To minimise health risks, sessions on anti-Covid-19 workshops were held by our partner WATSAN, to ensure that community members are safe during the collection of water during collection.

Across the year, a few boreholes require maintenance work; therefore reducing or removing the supply of water. From the day when the problem is identified to when the borehole is repaired, these non-functional days are not included in the total calculated Emission Reductions. Minor repairs are conducted by individual water committee members, while major repairs are reported to WATSAN, who contacts a local technician. The highest number of non-functional days during this Monitoring Period has been 90 days.

Images of anti-Covid demonstrations within project communities

Through this project, we have successfully gained significant impacts on health, water consumption, savings to and utilisation of time and offset carbon emissions; as listed below:

  1. 93,485 additional people have gained access to safe water through the rehabilitated boreholes in this project
  2. 98% users of the boreholes, no longer suffer from regular monthly stomach illnesses
  3. Firewood collection responsibilities fell on women 90% of the time. Through this project, households required less quantities of firewood; as boiling of water is not required. With this time saved, 97% of community members utilise it towards income-generating activities
  4. With access to the borehole, there has been less consumption of firewood, as there is no need to purify the water through boiling. This project has saved 57,338 tonnes of CO2 during this Monitoring Period

Currently this micro-scale project is in its 5th year of activities, and continues to be a success and have large impacts across communities.