Community Driven Development.Continuing with the community driven development program - we recently had two community meetings. One for the men and one for the women. In both meetings the road was the greatest need presented. We discussed the pros and cons of fixing the road and at both meetings the people said that without a road their community will not develop. It was also discussed that some disadvantages of better access to the nearest town is that in turn they have greater access to you. This will attract business people as well as thieves and unsavoury people but the positives are greater access to goods and services and markets to sell their produce.
We spoke about the red tape involved and the time frame to build a road that includes 5 creek crossings. The community felt it would be a great idea to build a Health Post whilst we worked on the documents for the road. I told the community we are offering our help but the project is theirs, so they need to keep it moving along. They community took that on board and within a few days of the meeting, 75 ladies turned up to clear the land and started to make bricks to help with the construction. One of our roles is to find out from the Department of Health the steps required to build a clinic. We need plans, standards, and also to register the project. We have the green light from the head of the district we just need the process to be completed.
As for staffing the Health Post there is currently a young man being trained in health, ready to enter the Health Post once it is finished.
Without looking at the plans I would estimate under $1000 will be needed to buy roof sheeting, cement and steel and I doubt the community will have it. Maybe this can be our gift to assisting the community. Lets see how it progresses.
As for the road the government has offered the use of their earth moving equipment if we provide the diesel. All we need is a stone mason / bridge builder that would like to visit Mozambique. Two bedroom lodging can be provided and plenty of hard work is lined up. The community will provide the stone, sand and labour. We will need to provide the cement, steel and expertise.
The photos show one of the current bridges and it's condition and the type of bridge we would like to build.