Water and sanitation

Posts related to Joanne’s work on WASH

World Toilet Day 2015

It’s that time of year again when you should all be thanking your toilet for all the hard work it does to protect you from a whole host of diseases! For the 2nd year we had a celebration here in Milange but we scaled it up considerably this time. (more…)


The Global Goals: for everyone

On Friday 25th September 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were announced by the UN at a meeting in New York, with the aim of ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality & injustice and fixing climate change. (more…)

Guest post 6 – on rainwater tanks

We were super lucky to have the brilliant Christine in Milange for over a month when she took time off from her job as a sustainability engineer to work with Joanne on the construction of 2 rainwater harvesting tanks in the district of Milange. She’s written a brilliantly simple blog about the need for the tanks, a bit about how they were built and some of the community development aspects. Special shout out to her for surviving long periods in the villages living in tents, eating only local food and being able to only communicate through Joanne! (more…)

On being a statistic

748,000,000 people in the world live without access to safe drinking water, roughly 1 in 10 of the world’s population.

It dawned on me as I re-read that statistic today for the umpteenth time on yet another tweet/blog/news article/fundraising campaign that I might be one of those, by virtue of the fact that we take our water from a well without a handpump, so I decided to investigate whether we’ve managed to make the statistics worse in the course of coming here to try and make them better! (more…)

Well, well, well…

For the last 2 months my colleague Patricio has been working on 8 wells on the shores of Lake Niassa. 6 are new wells but using parts from existing, non-functioning wells and the other 2 we will be deepening. As I write there is a light storm signalling the end of the dry season and the start of the rains. It is important that we dig the wells so that they are deep enough at this, the driest time of year. If we can get sufficient water now, the logic goes that there will be water all year round. Lindsey, Andy and I spent two weeks at the lake shore to allow me to cast an eye over the work to make sure that we are doing as much as we can with the resources we have and in the safest way possible to enable the 6 communities we’re working in to have access to potable water. (more…)

Guest post 4 – an engineer asks

Lindsey came back with Joanne from the UK to Mozambique and got a bit of a whirlwind tour of Mozambique and Malawi. He patiently accompanied, and offered both technical and physical support to, our well-digging work at the lake and was a great distraction from the challenge of leaving friends and family again. He writes a lovely blog on some of his questions as first timer in Africa. Disclaimer: most are not engineering related but check out Lindsey’s own blog ‘Engineering beyond the 9 to 5‘ if that’s what you were looking for!