Flood research in Cacuaco, Cazenga and Sambizanga

Flooded courtyard.

Flooded courtyard.

Hello people of Angola English. I’m Massomba Dominique and I work on GIS (Geographic Information System) projects at DW. This work includes storing and manipulating data that I collect in the field in order to prepare maps. I also give training on the basics of programs like ArcMap and GPS to various institutions and interns and make geo-reference maps.

Landslide.

Landslide.

I’m here to talk about my work at DW, specifically about a project that I coordinated in 2006 in collaboration with the authorities of the municipalities of Cacuaco, Cazenga and Sambizanga in Luanda.

Inside a flooded home.

Inside a flooded home.

Our earlier research had some difficulties, because people did not want to cooperate due to the state of their flooded homes. But we were able to carry out the project when we tried again with help from the administration staff, by persistence and by giving residents a detailed explanation of the work we could accomplish (we had many hours of discussion with families).

In front of flooded home.

Working with a family effected by the flooding.

During the project I helped some families with the arrangement of their furniture because of the flooding. The other help I gave was having conversations with families. I told them how to be more careful when choosing the location of the construction of their house, because of flooding and landslides.

For my part I would say that project ended well because I managed to collect data and in some neighborhoods the residents followed the advice. We were also campaigning for redevelopment of their neighborhoods. In some neighborhoods made many friendships with people who liked the work.

Massomba

Working in Cazenga, one of the biggest musseques in Luanda

Workshop, Cazenga bairro.

Project training, Cazenga bairro.

Private primary school in Calawenda.

Private primary school in Calawenda.

Hi, it´s me again. And today I want to share with you about my job.I work for DW as a development officer for the municipality of Cazenga. My work is to assist the different groups in Cazenga by reinforcing their capacity to deal with problems that we find in the municipality.

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Meeting to assist group leaders, Cazenga bairro.

Cazenga is one of the biggest musseques in Luanda, Angola. There we find a lot of poverty. It’s difficult for people there to have water, electricity, birth certificate, health care and education. The government has been doing something but needs to do more.

For years people in Cazenga were just waiting for the government but now with the work that we (DW) are working there with the community and giving them training about participative governance they are changing their minds and are becoming part of the solution.

Taking a break, Cazenga bairro.

Selling snacks, Cazenga bairro.

It is not an easy job, because sometimes the government may see us as troublesome. Also it’s not easy for the people to get the point quickly and because of the poverty most of the time they are waiting to receive some money besides training. But I love this job because I can see changes in the lives of people and since I started there are changes happening.

Thanks and see you next time.

S. Macunge

Meeting, Cazenga bairro.

Meeting to assist IERA group leaders, Cazenga bairro.