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Challenges and Community Entry

By Global Women's Water Initiative Posted on Fri 10 Jul 2009, almost 15 years ago

Dear friends at ESTAMOS,
My apologies for the delay in contributing to this discussion.
I was in Chimoio for several weeks in the past year and it will be interesting to learn more about the work a local Mozambiquean organization is doing and how it compares to what we were helping to implement. Here are some questions I have:
How do the communities pay for the water system developments that you provide? How are the contributions made?
What are the most common reasons you have found for what you refer to as "what aspect of the failed project they are responsible for" when looking at water projects that have not been sustained?
What is the methodology emplyed for training the local communities to manage their water systems? I am sure this is a lengthy process but if you could provide a brief overview that would be helpful.
How does ESTAMOS monitor the progress of projects? How often are follow up visits conducted? What kinds of strategies are used to evaluate the success and sustainability of these projects?
I am looking forward to reading your answers!
Mariah, A Single Drop Program Manager, Africa

Introductions and water project questions

By Blue Planet Network Posted on Thu 02 Jul 2009, almost 15 years ago

This membership review serves to introduce Estamos to other PWX members in Tanzania and AWWC (now called GWWI) who have also done a project in Mozambique.

The questions i have are regarding your organization water projects. Your annual budget is very sizable for water and sanitation and i would like to know exactly what projects do you do.

1. How many staff do you have and where is your office(s)? Please enter an address and GIS coordinates so that you show up on the map.

2. On your website i see you have handed over 241 water sources to communities. Did you develop these sources? What was the work? And where exactly? Rural or peri-urban or urban?

Please give us an idea of a project, what types of water projects do you do, whether it involves sanitation, etc.


Re: Introductions and water project questions

By Blue Planet Network Posted on Thu 02 Jul 2009, almost 15 years ago

I managed to get the contacts section of your website and saw that you have 2 offices. One in Niassa Lichinga and one in Maputo. Please at least input the main address and GIS coordinates, instructions and help is available on the PWX web page when you edit 'Primary Location'.

Would still like to know about staff and answers to questions about water source deveopment methods. Rope pump? Any others?

Re: Introductions and water project questions

By ESTAMOS Posted on Fri 03 Jul 2009, almost 15 years ago

The staff we is four offices is around 25 peoples. Also we have 60 volunteers working in water, sanitation and HIV projects.

In water projects we use Rope Pump and hand pump

Re: Introductions and water project questions

By Blue Planet Network Posted on Mon 06 Jul 2009, almost 15 years ago

Thank you for the response.

I am still not clear where you operate in terms of water projects and also not that familiar with Mozambique.
Could you please give a couple of sentence description of the 241 projects?

1. Where were they located - peri-urban or urban?

2. You seemed to have developed them - from existing water sources or did you create new ones?

3. You have handed them over to whom? How were the recepients organized?

A more detailed background helps us evaluate your future proposals better.

Also, please take a minute to input your office address (Primary Location) and your GIS coordinates so that we can see you on the map. On the web page itself and on the Help page there should be clear instructions. Please let us know if you still need help.


Re: Introductions and water project questions

By ESTAMOS Posted on Thu 09 Jul 2009, almost 15 years ago

I am on the phone with Santos as they are experiencing internet problems (normal in northern Mozambique).

1. ESTAMOS' rural water and sanitation programme uses participatory methodologies (primarily PHAST) to work with communities on identifying watsan challenges and guiding communities through a decision-making process on their futire watsan needs. Communities choose from a range of technology options (Afridev and Rope Pump) as well as a range of sanitation facilities (Ecosan options, VIP and improved pit latrines). Hygiene focuses on handwashing and often one other behaviour decided upon by the community. Communities pay for their water services and latrines - no 100% grants to communities. Systems are managed by a local committee

2. Located - ESTAMOS primarily works in 3 districts in Niassa (rural) although they help other agencies in other districts and are under pressure to expand their work. In Maputo they work in the peri-urban parts of the city, off the main network, which are unplanned areas.

3. ESTAMOS develops new water sources, rehabilitates failed systems once the community is clear what aspect of the failed project they are responsible for and completes that work first. ESTYAMOS has also looked at creative ways to upgrade existing wells. They support both hand dug wells and boreholes depending on the geo-hydrology.

4. ESTAMOS trains local committees to manage their water systems. The committees vary in composition but generally include a President and Treasurer as well as an O&M team. ESTAMOS also monitors project progress, helps committees with challenges as they emerge and links their work to district government planning and reporting.

Address Niassa Office (Head Office):

Avenida Samora Machel
Rua do Centro de Saude
Lichinga, Niassa Province

Maputo Office:

Paulo Samuel Kankhomba --1821

Note - we do not have GIS locations so will do that

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