Integrated Community Development in Huila and Namibe (Angola)
The project aims to assist development in selected communities affected by drought and poverty by addressing water, energy, sanitation and health issues and by promoting sustainable agriculture.
The project objectives are achieved by establishing boreholes with solar-powered water pumps, installing solar energy plants at schools and health posts, engaging Community Agents and delivering a health program in schools and agricultural training through Farmer Field Schools.
Community health is being tackled by recruiting and training 48 Community Agents in each municipality, the Agents being responsible for registering families, giving lessons in disease prevention, and monitoring progress in terms of improvements in health and hygiene. A school component reinforces the messages disseminated by the Community Agents. Pupils at 20 schools attend lessons given by 40 teachers specially trained to explain about malaria, HIV/AIDS, TB and basic sanitation.
The project reaches 60,000 families as beneficiaries.