However, this small area where LDCN is based (Lamego Locality, Nhamatanda District, Sofala Province, Mozambique) was one of the hardest hit areas with flash floods completely destroying homes, schools and lives in addition to the community agriculture fields. This flooding has also destroyed LDCN community base and local infrastructure. In order to help support the community, for the last 6 weeks LDCN has diverted all of its yearly funds to providing emergency relief that includes food distribution, seed distribution and providing over 100 water filters to provide access to clean water and to prevent against water borne diseases such as cholera.
As LDCN moves beyond this first response effort, they also need to rebuild the communities infrastructure and provide some longer and more sustainable solutions to urgent needs such as access to clean water and food security. The first step in this process is repairing and replacing the solar panel water pump system that pumps water from our borehole to provide clean water to close to 97 families, approximately 750 people. This is an essential step in securing clean water for the months ahead. The Pollination Project grant will allow us to repair and install the first pump immediately. The water from this pump will not only be used for clean drinking water but will also allow us to replant vegetable gardens. The produce from the garden will be used to supplement a school-based feeding program for the more than 200 children at the local school.
Although there is no way to rebuild everything the community lost in a short period, these first steps are essential to healing and recovering from this tragedy through meaningful acts of solidarity and support. With more projects like this, more support from people and organizations like The Pollination Project and through community leadership and community solidarity, LDCN hopes to shift this awful tragedy into an inflection point for change that leads to a more resilient and flourishing future for the community and community members!