Mozambique is a country in southeast Africa with a population of over 27 million people. The country is particularly susceptible to floods, droughts and earthquakes, which are a major hindrance to development. Africa Foundation has supported the Government and Islanders efforts to establish a clinic on Benguerra, as well as funding the construction of accommodation for medical staff to live on the island. Benguerra Island is a focal point for marine conservation activities including Marine Conservation lessons to share knowledge on why and how to protect the marine environment.
When water has to be obtained from a community point, the role of collecting water falls primarily to women and children. 25L buckets are commonly used, carried on the head. This causes premature ageing of the spine. For women, who are the primary small-scale farmers, time is lost for household tasks, growing crops and pursuing economic opportunities. For the 3 million children collecting water in sub-Saharan Africa every day, their education is compromised as well as their time to play – a crucial part of childhood development. They are also exposed to harmful situations as they walk long distances from home.