Angola is struggling with the effects of a decades-long civil war that, after its end at the turn of the millennium, left a deeply fractured society, destroyed infrastructure and nearly half of the population below the poverty line. In 2017, after nearly four decades of rule of the president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, his successor Joao Laurenco was elected, bringing with him the hope of change, declaring a fight against the corruption and pervasive clientelism of his predecessor, calling the first-ever district elections, and re-establishing key ties to the global economy. In the midst of a coronavirus crisis, this African oil power has strictly closed itself off to the outside world, and the effects of rising prices and unavailability of goods threaten the onset of promising reforms.
Our team is working in the civil war-hit central provinces of Bié and Huambo, the drought-stricken southern provinces of Huíla and Namibe, and the poor suburbs of the capital Luanda. We are dedicated to support the livelihoods of farming households and communities, access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation. We work with local associations and civil societies to make information and services available to young people, offer educational programmes to schools, and support the activities of local associations to highlight issues in their immediate environment.
In 2021, we helped to seek medical care for more than 1,400 children with malnutrition. Our hygiene and sanitation programme has helped over 120,000 people and contributed to the construction of over 15,000 latrines and protected water sources.
As the COVID situation worsens in the country, we have donated numerous hygiene and sanitation kits, engaged in campaigns to spread awareness and break down misinformation about COVID, and supported health centres in their fight against the advancing virus.