According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, unsafe drinking water, inadequate availability of water for hygiene, and lack of access to sanitation together contribute to about 88% of deaths from diarrheal diseases. Access to clean water also has an impact on education. According to the United Nations and UNICEF, one in five girls of primary-school age are not in school, compared to one in six boys. One factor accounting for this difference is the lack of sanitation facilities for girls reaching puberty. Girls are also more likely to be responsible for collecting water for their family, making it difficult for them to attend school during school hours.

This is reflective of the situation across much of Mozambique, including Gumbane Village, located only one hour outside of the capital city, with which CouldYou? has had a close relationship for years. The village of approximately 1,500 people has not had access to clean water or electricity.

The Initiative

Inspired by the work of CouldYou?, Houston-based rapper Bizzle, created an album entitled “Well Wishes” and donated 100 percent of the profits to CouldYou? to bring water to the 1,500 people living in Gumbane Village in Mozambique for the first time.

CouldYou? worked with the Chissano Foundation to build five water towers with tanks across the village.  They also established a structure for village leaders to carefully monitor and manage the usage of the water. In April 2016, the water towers were complete. This milestone was celebrated through multiple events including an inauguration by former President JoaquimChissano’s Foundtaion and a visit from Bizzle and his wife. In seeking a sustainable solution, CouldYou? then acquired a small water company in November 2016. The company delivers water to Gumbane Village as well as to other clients. 100% of the profits from this water company will be used for other community projects and potentially to help start another company to fabricate bricks.

Impact

As a result of this initiative, 1,500 people in Gumbane Village have access to clean water for drinking, cooking and washing. This is improving the quality of health within the village and giving people time back for more valuable activities, especially girls and women. In addition, CouldYou? is able to employ two people  to run the water company.

Join Us

CouldYou? is dedicated to ensuring that all of Gumbane Village’s water needs are met as well as expanding access to water in other areas of the country.

We are currently focused on fundraising to provide water for a community agricultural project for Gumbane. Also, in partnership with the Chissano Foundation, we have identified ten communities in the greatest need that are ready for a borehole.

Give the gift of water to Mozambique ($8,000 provides a borehole and pump for one of the ten communities)