CATAPU, MOZAMBIQUE - I spent two full days visiting three sites where Concern and its partner AKSM are completing the installation of three solar-panel driven pump systems.
In some cases, the water was released before the 10,000 liter tanks were placed on their towers. I could write volumes on that experience, and I hope to catch up, but I think I am still processing it. What I can say now for sure, as Concern Area Coordinator Nyararai Magudu repeated, almost like a mantra: water is life.
The importance of these new pumps was brought home to me as I watched more than a hundred men, women and children waiting in line for two days without food or shelter to have the opportunity to take their place at the bottom of a 20-foot deep pit, only to wait hours more for the water to seep up, inch by inch, enough so that they could fill two buckets, equal to about 1/4 of what their families would need for just one day.
Through Concern’s work that relentless, arduous chore is being eliminated for the people here, so that they don’t have to spend large chunks of time waiting to collect water. The three new solar pumps will make a huge difference in thousands of lives, but there are still so many people who need to be reached urgently in Machaze alone.