Currently, the UN said the corona virus pandemic could kill 300,000 people in Africa this year, even with assertive government measures to limit social interactions, overcrowded slums with no access to water coupled with fragile health-care systems make the continent especially vulnerable to the disease. Only 57 percent of Tanzania’s populations of 57 million have access to an improved source of safe water, and only 30 percent of Tanzania’s population has access to improved sanitation. It is estimated that Tanzania spends 70 per cent of its health budget on preventable WASH-related diseases, as the majority of the population does not have access to improved sanitation, and close to half of the population does not have access to clean drinking water. Without adequate WASH facilities, homes, schools and health centers become breeding grounds for diseases that kill children and threaten their ability to grow. Girls, children with disabilities and children living in rural areas are most affected. The impact of poor WASH on children living in crisis situations also affects their chances of survival.
The project aims at provision of WASH services to some primary and secondary schools of Kasulu town council, as a way of improving learning environments and reducing illness & deaths related to WASH diseases to both pupils and students of the targeted schools. The project will reach more than 12,000 young boys and girls in primary and secondary schools, who will direct benefit for clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and services.
The idea of the project came, because of the needy assessment carried out by Mydia-Tz to assess the challenges and gap that would hinder good learning environments to pupils and students in Kasulu. WASH services in general, came up as a big challenge. 89% of the respondents said they lack clean water and sanitation facilities like toilets, Garbage pits and handwashing facilities. As an organization, Mydia-Tz would like to be part in solving some of these challenges to ensure good learning environments to pupils and students in Kasulu.
The project will involve rehabilitation of water points/wells, establishment and training of WatSan committees, construction of latrine and garbage pits, installation of hand washing facilities, awareness campaigns for hygiene promotion and celebrate the world’s WASH Global events.
The Mydia-Tz’s WASH project officer will lead implementation of the project, in collaboration with the respective school administrations and Kasulu town council’s education and health offices.
We are reaching you now, as our generous friends who we hope, you may not mind in supporting our project, to fulfill the said goal.