Salesian Entity Facilitates Access to Clean Water for Catholic College in Mozambique

The newly constructed borewell and new water source at Salesian College in Mozambique's Maputo Archdiocese. Credit: Salesian Missions

The U.S.-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions, has facilitated clean water supply to the staff and students of Mozambique’s Salesian College in the Archdiocese of Maputo.

Through the “Clean Water Initiative,” the members of SDB at the Catholic institution have been able to “provide a new borewell and water tank with a distribution system on the Salesian grounds, which houses the college and a Salesian coordination house.”

According to the leadership of SDB, “More than 700 people were directly impacted by this project and another 200 families from the local community will also be able to access the new water source.”

“The borewell and new water source were needed because of the high cost of water supplied by the national network FIPAG (Investment Fund and Heritage of Water Supply),” officials of Salesian Missions say in a report published Tuesday, May 18.

They add, “FIPAG also faces water supply capacity problems and has not been able to meet the demand for water.”


“There are several restrictions and breaks in the supply that sometimes last a week. This makes it extremely difficult to run an educational institution with many students,” the leadership of Salesian Missions says, adding that the Maputo project “will ensure that the Salesian community has access to the water supply it needs, keep costs low, and ensure the quality of water provided to Salesian staff and students.”

The Salesian College in Mapuoto is an institution of higher learning dedicated to teacher training for professional, technical and vocational schools.

The institution has enrolled some 600 students and offers courses in hospitably and tourism, mechanics and electricity, information and communication technologies, and administration sciences. 

On the same premises is the Salesian coordination house, which is the headquarters of the members of SDB ministering in Mozambique and houses the leadership of the Salesians in the Southern African nation.

In the May 18 report, the Director of Salesian Missions Fr. Gus Baek says, “Salesian Missions has made clean water projects a priority for the health and safety of those we serve.”

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“Improving water access ensures that teachers and students are working and learning in an environment that promotes proper hygiene and has safe drinking water. This reduces the number of waterborne illnesses that can affect those in our schools, keeping them away from important study time,” adds Fr. Baek.

According to UNICEF, only 49 percent of the 29.5 million Mozambicans have access to clean water.

Salesian Missions has successfully completed similar Clean Water Initiative projects in other African countries including Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda, Madagascar, Togo, Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi and Zambia.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.