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Agua Limpa - Schoon water voor Mozambique - Clean Water for Mozambique

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The Frisian Urban Sanitation Project (FUSP)

The Frisian project has since 2010 been working successfully for the improvement of the sanitation in seven cities in Mozambique (Xai-Xai, Chokwe, Inhambane, Maxixe, Chimoio, Gondola and Manica). Thanks to this project, toilets have now been installed at all of the 140 primary schools in these four cities and 200,000 children are now able to wash their hands after they have been to the toilet. The project is now being extended to the development of toilets at domestic level.

Water tap at schoolIn Friesland we drink water from the tap, after we go to the toilet we wash our hands. A primary school without toilets is for us unthinkable. In Mozambique children often have to use a corner of the playground as their toilet and the lack of clean water means that washing their hands is a total impossibility.

Passing on knowledge works

An important part of the project is the passing on of knowledge and experience. In Friesland, authorities have a lot of expertise in the field of drainage and refuse disposal and with working together with the local population. All these elements are also necessary in Mozambique in order to bring the sanitation up to standard. Friesland is working together with the four city authorities in Mozambique and is also helping to develop an efficient local authority organisation. These city authorities can then work in the future to achieve a sustainable improvement in health. In the last two years a department for sanitation has been established in all seven of these local authorities.  

Local authorities in Mozambique are pleasedTraining

The leaders of the seven cities in Mozambique taking part in the project see with their own eyes how important sanitation and the collection of refuse are. Through improvements to refuse collection and treatment, the streets have become much cleaner; with the improvements in sanitation fewer children are sick. So the leaders of the four local authorities are very pleased with the project ‘Clean water for Mozambique.’

Eight agreements for a better world

In the year 2000 the leaders of 189 countries signed up to agreements designed to significantly reduce poverty, disease and hunger in the world before 2015. These are translated into eight specific Millenium goals.  

Millenium goal 7: Safe drinking waterMillenium goal 7

Enough clean drinking water is the basis for good health. Worldwide nearly 1 billion people have insufficient clean drinking water. This leads to serious health problems such as dehydration and infections. And millions more have no proper sanitation.

The 7th Millenium goal specifies that in 2015 the percentage of people without access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation shoud be halved compared to the level in 1990.

Clean drinking water in combination with sanitation and advice and information about hygiene provide in practice the major step forward in improving health levels.

The water cycleThe water cycle

There also needs to be affordable clean drinking water in the long term. A clean environment is important for maintaining a supply of clean water in the water cycle. Refuse pollutes the ground water. This is a worldwide problem, not only in Mozambique but also in Friesland. For this reason, the project concerns itself not only with sanitation but also with the collection and disposal of refuse.


As well as the sanitation activities of the local authority, the project has also developed a toilet for use at the home. XipotiFor many people in Mozambique going to the toilet at home means a hole in the ground in the garden.

The ‘xipoti’ provides an attractive alternative for people to be able to go the toilet in comfort, while cleanliness and hygiene are assured.

A Frisian project

The following organisations are working together in this project: the Province of Friesland, the Water Authority for Friesland (Wetterskip Fryslân), the water supply company Vitens and the Frisian local authorities. In addition, the refuse company Omrin and the Higher Technical College in Leeuwarden (the NHL) are also involved. The Ministry of Overseas Development of the Netherlands also contributes to the project.

Three year extension

The project is going well. At the request of the Ministry of Overseas Development of the Netherlands, the project has in 2012 been given a three year extension and it is being rolled out in a further five cities in Mozambique (Chimoio, Gondola, Manica, Moatize and Tete). In all the cities, the main focus in the next few years is on the building of toilet facilities at schools, helping the local authorities establish a sanitation department and the improvement of sanitation at the domestic level.

You can help

The project is doing a lot already. But some activities cannot be pursued because of lack of time, knowledge and money. For example, the waste matter from the toilets is still pumped into a lorry and disposed of without being treated. Most refuse is also disposed of without any form of treatment.

This can all be improved. For that we need not only money but expertise.

If you would like to support this project, you can make your contribution to the project ‘Clean water for Mozambique’, payable to account number IBAN: NL73NWAB0636752100 of the Dutch Water Authority Bank (‘Nederlandse Waterschapsbank, NWB) BIC: NWABNL2G  and you should give as reference ‘contribution to Agua Limpa’.

If you have a suggestion or a good idea or you have developed something which could contribute to the improvement of of sanitation in Mozambique, please send an e-mail or contact one of the project officers.