USAID Transfers $250,000 of Materials to the General Directorate for Water and Sanitation

DWASH Materials Handover to Government
Director General of the Department of Water Supply (Left) and USAID Mission Director John Seong (Right) sign an agreement to handover USAID/Timor-Leste materials to the Government of Timor-Leste’s Department of Water Supply.
Cristovao Guterres/USAID

Valuable supplies will now support the Ministry of Public Works’s efforts to provide improved water and sanitation to the citizens of Timor-Leste

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dili, September 17, 2014 On September 15, 2014, USAID/Timor-Leste transferred water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) materials valued at $250,000 to the Government of Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Public Works.  The materials will now be utilized by the Department of Water Supply (DWS) to support the Ministry’s efforts to provide improved water and sanitation to the citizens of Timor-Leste.  It is envisioned that DWS will use these materials to maintain existing water systems throughout the country.  During the handover, USAID’s Mission Director John Seong stated, “I know that these materials will be in good hands.  USAID looks forward to seeing the materials improve the lives of Timorese citizens.”    

The donation consisted of surplus materials from USAID’s District Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (DWASH) project—a four-year, $20 million investment aimed at providing citizens of Timor-Leste with access to improved water sources, basic sanitation, and enhanced hygiene and natural resources management.  Assistance delivered through this project from 2008 to 2012 strengthened district-level government capacity to deliver WASH and environmental services, thereby supporting the country’s efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.