Water and sanitation are essential for life.
Care for Africa is currently working towards a goal of installing access to clean, safe drinking water in all of the communities we work in. We need a total of 72 deep-water wells. Currently, we have installed one in each community.
“The impact of clean drinking water on community development is paramount and pivotal to all that we do. We have seen a significant increase in school attendance from attendance rates of between 38-58% to 80-95% per year.”
Care for Africa has installed the first water wells in schools, to enable school children to collect their water whilst also attending school. Without this, children are forced to choose between providing the fundamental basic need for their families and their education.
“The water has stopped ameba, typhoid and bilharzia. There have been no cases at school since the well. Skin infections are going now because of the washing of body and clothes. Because of the crowd of people at the well they are crying for another well. First we would like to thank Care for Africa on behalf of the whole village for giving them water. One well has changed their lives, drinking water, washing water and food tastes better, chai now tastes like chai, ugali now tastes like ugali.” – Chairman Bisarwi Water Committee: Barnaba Mkama
Sanitation, until recently, was extremely basic in the communities which Care for Africa works in. Care for Africa has built the very first rural sanitation toilets in the Mara region. These toilets were built in the Bisarwi Primary School and opened by CEO Diana Butler OAM 23rd November 2015. The toilet block has an attached tank for rainwater harvesting which is used for flushing the toilets and hand washing.
It has been acknowledged by the governmental officials that there is a cholera outbreak in Tanzania. The Bisarwi Primary School has had no recorded cases of cholera since the installation of the sanitation toilets. Our goal is to install rural sanitation toilets in all 6 communities that we operate in. 1 one complete 5 to go. Click here to donate to this important work.
The current status of school sanitation and hygiene behaviour is not promising: only 38% of schools have adequate number of latrines; 20% of schools have water supply facilities within the school premises and less than 10% of all schools in the country have functioning hand-washing facilities with available water. Schools that lack basic water supply, sanitation and hygiene facilities result in high incidence of illness, adversely affect children’s participation and performance, lowering enrolment rates, increasing absenteeism and drop-out rate. National Guideline for Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Primary Schools in Tanzania
Days for girls
Care for Africa is teaming with Days for Girls – a global organisation which empowers women, encourages local leadership and assists girls to stay in school in a bid to regain dignity and empowerment of women and girls, Days for Girls have invented quality, long lasting and sanitary feminine hygiene products made from mostly flannelette. Thanks to the hard work from the Days for Girls Launceston Chapter and their dedicated leader Denise Talbot wehave 250 hand made feminine hygiene kits to distribute to girls in Tarime in 2016. The distribution process will also incorporate education on female reproduction and menstruation.
In 2017 we aim to sponsor a community – selected woman from our Bisawi and Mtana women’s groups to travel to the Days for Girls University in Kampala, Uganda to complete a two-week organisational enterprise-training course. Here they will learn how to construct kits, basic business skills and an Ambassador for Women’s Health training. Our aspiration is for these women to return to their respective communities to start their own Days for Girls business and sell kits to the community for many years to come.