Ding’wida, Mihembe and Lyowa villages in Mtwara district have been suffering from poor hygiene and sanitation and lack to access safe and clean water. People have been open defecating (OD) and drinking water from unimproved shallow wells and pits without boiling or filtering it. This leads to diarrhea, dysentery, and other diseases due to poor quality water and availability. Leaving this problem to continue unabated accelerates poverty as people continue to spend more money seeking medical care.
Those that cannot afford clean water instead fetch dirty water 7km from the village and transport the water cans all uphill to the village where they can sell the water for 1000Tsh (approx. $1) per bucket.
It is against this background that the project seeks to also support the community in creating awareness on hygiene and sanitation issues, support them in project planning, and formulate and train community-owned water supply organizations that take deliberate roles in supervising and managing the project. Furthermore, the project seeks to find a permanent solution for water access for community so that they can improve sanitation and hygiene practices and raise the sanitation and health profile of their villages.