Water Challenge Projects In Progress

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Posted by Sabrina Urquhart on
Fri, 10/31/2014
We matched the paper beads you made for the Students Rebuild Water Challenge with funding for 41 charity: water projects in the rural communities of Kibondo, Ngara, and Biharamulo districts of Northwestern Tanzania. 
 
charity: water's local partner, Concern Worldwide Tanzania, is working in collaboration with Local Government Authority staff and civil society organizations to ensure the projects are built. This includes day-to-day program activities like mobilizing the community, promoting hygiene & sanitation and water management.
 
During the past year, Concern Worldwide has implemented nearly all of the construction activities in the three districts, trained Water User Groups (WUGs) and spread hygiene and sanitation awareness among the targeted communities. Water points in communities and latrine and rainwater harvesting tanks in schools are nearly completed.
 
Tanzania has a high water table and a wealth of natural springs, which is why shallow wells and springs protections are the most appropriate technologies. To provide water to hard to reach areas and to communities downhill, we focused on constructing gravity-fed water systems, spring protection systems and drilled wells.
 
Community Contribution
To instill ownership, communities will participate in all activities from planning to design to implementation and monitoring. To date, community members in each village collected available local construction materials (stones and gravel) and monitored the use of construction materials at work sites. To further support the communities, each district now has one dedicated technician fully responsible for periodic water quality testing.
 
Water Committees
Once this program is complete, Concern Worldwide will have successfully trained 41 water committees to manage each community and school distribution point. Each water committee consists of 8 members, with each member focusing on a specific leadership area including governance, financial management, maintenance and hygiene
and sanitation promotion. Water committee members can work with communities to provide continuous hygiene and sanitation education.
 
Schools
At local schools we are focused on providing rainwater harvesting tanks and latrines. Construction is well under way for the school projects and our partner is focusing now on implementing Child-to-child (C2C) hygiene education. To date, school WASH activities have started with 24 teachers from 12 schools identified and trained.
 
Also 12 Child to Child (C2C) clubs were formed and trained on sanitation and hygiene promotion. Since the start of the new school year, a total of 240 pupils (120 girls and 120 boys) have been trained in C2C groups. Through the use of the child-to-child approach, children can learn good hygiene behaviors and are now able to teach others in their household and community. This ensures that the next generation can practice the key healthy behaviors promoted during the program.
 
At Students Rebuild, we're so excited to see these projects come to life due to your generous contribution of time, caring and beads! Over the course of this Challenge, we've shared how clean drinking water means more than refreshment--it can lead to better health outcomes, gender equality, improved education and even economic development. We'll continue to share project updates as we receive them--and when all of the projects are complete in the next several months, we'll share GPS information so you can "visit" them anytime. 

The Students Rebuild Water Challenge, in partnership with charity: water and Global Nomads Group, is helping bring clean, safe drinking water to those who need it most. Every 20 handmade beads provides access to clean water for one person in a village. This school year, your handmade beads will provide more than 16,000 people clean water in Tanzania because the Bezos Family Foundation through Students Rebuild has matched your beads with funding for 41 water projects that serve schools and communities.