Digging Deeper: A Comprehensive Look at the Water and Development Alliance (WADA) Tanzania
Across Tanzania, rural villages often have outdated technology and inefficient water systems, which fail to meet the needs of their communities. These water systems are plagued with high fuel costs, frequent breakdowns from lack of maintenance knowledge, and weak governance structures managing the systems. Cumulatively, these challenges prohibit safe water access for their communities.
To enable local communities to manage their own water systems, international partners joined together to work with local communities in Tanzania to make a change. In June of 2018, The Coca-Cola Foundation partnered with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Water and Development Alliance (WADA) to invest $1 million to help deliver water access to more than 70,000 rural Tanzanians. WADA’s investment is matched on a 1:1 basis through co-financing from our generous donors, as well as from the generous donors of Chris Long’s Waterboys. The Ohio State University is contributing by working with local Tanzanian partners in the public and private sector to help transform the rural water service delivery and make it more sustainable. Collectively, the consortium of partners will help communities use clean technology to access safe water and develop the operations and maintenance systems for sustainable services.
Together with the Tanzanian Ministry of Water (MOW), the WADA project has identified villages in need of assistance and will install or upgrade solar-powered water systems to benefit over 70,000 rural Tanzanians. A critical component of the project is to provide the villages with two years of technical support to train and develop water service entrepreneurs to perform operations and maintenance tasks, with a heavy emphasis on women entrepreneurs.
Additionally, the WADA project is investing in the technical knowledge of Tanzania’s workforce through field work with the ministry’s District Water Engineers and capacity-building collaboration, through technical training and skills development to advance the next generation of water engineers through the University of Dodoma.
PROGRESS AND FORWARD MOVEMENT
To date, project activities have been focused in the Singida region of Tanzania, with installation and rehabilitation of water systems in ten villages. Next, these villages will receive solar powered pumps and well monitors, which will provide information on the status of the groundwater. The first set of water service entrepreneurs are beginning their training to equip them with the skills to maintain the water system infrastructure and enhance economic activities in their local communities.
Over the next year, we will be sharing more about the program, the technical work involved in installing solar-panel pump systems in the villages, the positive impact on local communities through improved maintenance and governance structures, and the capacity built through technical training and collaboration with local stakeholders in the local government and academic institutions.
#ItsTimeForAction: Menstrual Hygiene Day is May 28. Find out why and how we’re supporting girls all over Tanzania.
On May 28, 2019, the world will be chattering about #MHDay28May. Why? Because girls and women are being left behind in developing countries because of the lack of education surrounding their menstrual cycle. Cultural taboos surrounding this part of women’s body and the lack of investment and advocacy for women in developing countries is astounding. Below are a few shocking realities created by a lack of menstrual hygiene education in places like Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia & beyond:
- Poor menstrual hygiene not only affects physical health, but also social and mental well-being, a basic violation of human rights and dignity. This issue leads to a perpetuated cycle of poverty and potential violence against women.
- Girls from resource-poor countries around the world attribute frequent school absences to difficulties managing menstruation – missing as much as a month each school year.
- In a Ugandan study of rural school girls, approximately ⅔ miss school at least once per month because of menstruation: girls cited a lack of privacy and washing space, fear of leakage and stains, discomfort, and a lack of pads as reasons for school absences during menstruation.
- In Ethiopia, more than half of girls in secondary and preparatory schools reported being absent during menstruation and those who did not use sanitary pads were more than 5 times more likely to be absent.
- Even if girls are not absent and manage to attend school during menstruation, they report being distracted, unable to concentrate, and less willing to participate because, for example, standing to answer questions is the custom in many schools, and writing on a blackboard in front of the class may expose them revealing menstrual stains, leakage, or odors.
- In a UNICEF study, 87% of the women and girls in rural India were completely unaware about menstruation and do not have any knowledge about the purpose of menstruation as a biological process.
All of these facts are reason enough to fund our partnership with UhuruPads! But on top of that, we see a direct correlation between the water crisis and this issue for women. Without clean water and sanitation, the health and cultural challenges women and girls face during their menstrual cycles are profoundly exacerbated. Anticipating shame and challenges to their dignity, many hide out, increasing their vulnerability. WorldServe is partnering to solve both the water crisis and bring menstrual hygiene education through UhuruPads! Join us by learning more.
Vision 2019: WorldServe’s Impact in Kenya will reach the nearly 19 Million People living without Access to Clean Water
In 2018, your support helped us to impact over 140,000 people with the gift of clean water. That’s amazing!! Take a look our vision film below to see more about the impact WorldServe is having in East Africa as well as our projected partnerships and planned impact for this year.
Become a Water First Partner
Another way you can uniquely help us solve the water crisis is by becoming a Water First partner. We know that water first is the beginning step to aiding developing countries in sustainable growth. We’ve created a monthly giving program that is set on stretching your dollar to its furthest capacity! Each month you give, we use this private donation to take care of administrative costs. Why is this important? So that donors who give in the future will be able to see 100% of the proceeds reach Africa!