Safe Water After Cyclone Idai

Safe water was scarce. We were there.

In March 2019, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall in central Mozambique, affecting 1.85 million people and causing more than 1,300 fatalities across the region, in what was the worst weather-related crisis to ever hit the southern hemisphere.

The hurricane left an overwhelming dearth of safe water and sanitation in its wake. In the immediate aftermath, IsraAID’s WASH specialists distributed Sawyer Water Filters - which can provide safe water for a family for up to 3 months - as well as NUF filters that can serve a larger community for a longer period, all without the need for electricity.

All filter distributions were coupled with community trainings on their use and maintenance to ensure ongoing effectiveness. These filter distributions, coupled with community outreach efforts, helped to combat the spread of disease and potential for a secondary crisis. The trainings also focused on teaching women and children how to use the filters since they are often those responsible for collecting water for each family.

SPOTLIGHT: MOZAMBIQUE

“Even before the cyclone, I would walk at least seven kilometers to reach a safe water source. This is the first time I’ve received any type of education since leaving school when I was young. I was a little anxious to begin the training, but I’m excited to be able to provide safe water for my family.”

Grace

Mozambique

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