Water1st is fortunate to be in a position to extend our reach to Mozambique, where 80% of the population lacks access to water and toilets. Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 180th out of 188 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index.
After rigorously vetting potential partner organizations over the past two years, we have chosen to invest in Grupo de Saneamento de Bilibiza (GSB). GSB is a smart, compassionate, motivated, and resourceful organization working to help rural communities in the Quissanga District in northern Mozambique. Partner selection is paramount to our success. Not all implementing groups are equal. In addition to technical skills, GSB has the desire and ability to organize and mobilize people. GSB is also genuinely curious to know the actual outcomes of their work. When something doesn’t meet their expectations, they make an adjustment. This commitment to constant program improvement is a key characteristic we look for in our partner evaluation process.
Our partnership will provide GSB with sufficient financial support to develop a holistic water and sanitation approach tailored to their environment. Our goal is to realize success during this preliminary partnership, leading to establishing full partner status with GSB.