Clean water for all

In 2020, the City of Vienna funds 13 development projects to improve water supply, sanitation and hygiene in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Iraq, Mali, Moldova, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines, Somalia, and Ukraine.

Globally, around 2.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. Problems with water supply and sanitation have been grossly underestimated for decades.

Some of the most common causes of sickness and death are attributable to unsafe drinking water, which can lead to fatal diseases in particular for small children and elderly or malnourished people. In many regions around the world, people do not have access to safe drinking water close to their homes. It is usually the women and girls, who have to walk long distances to find water. This often makes them unable to go to school or work.

Improving hygiene in Mozambique

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A project in Mozambique is one of the examples of the City of Vienna’s development projects in 2020. More than half the people in this country in Southeast Africa do not have access to safe drinking water and more than two thirds do not have access to sanitation facilities. In 2019, the very few water supply and sanitation facilities in the province of Sofala were destroyed or contaminated by the cyclone "Idai".

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The City of Vienna’s project aims to provide 1,120 people (i.e. 120 households) in the village of Panja in the province of Sofala with water supply and sanitation facilities. 8 solar powered fountains and the sanitation facilities of the school in Panja will be rebuilt or newly constructed. In addition, the latrines of 120 households will be restored or newly built.

Members from 6 to 8 households will form a so-called "water hygiene committee", which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the fountains. This approach also strengthens local know-how about health and hygiene. In addition, about 500 students in Panja will learn more about hand hygiene and the use of water.

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