The Belgian Technical Co-operation, Tanzania Distillers Limited in collaboration with Spearhead Africa Limited, has handed over six boreholes to six villages in Bagamoyo district, Coast region.
In an official statement issued by Spearhead Africa Limited yesterday, the six boreholes had been handed over through a “Walk for Water” project.
“After eight continuous months of facing various challenges to accomplish Walk for Water 2011 project’ objective. The water project has reached final stages in Bagamoyo district,” Spearhead Africa Limited client service manager Bertha Ikua said.
She noted that the objective was to create awareness of water shortages globally and locally and construct boreholes and water access points in Bagamoyo villages through public-private partnership support.
“The initiative symbolises the power of public-private partnership in changing the lives of some of the less privileged Tanzanians so that they too access basic amenities,” said Ikua, adding:
“Aimed at making a difference to the less fortunate, the boreholes will help Bagamoyo residents access clean and safe water not only for their daily chores but also for maintaining health and sanitation in villages.”
Working under the guidance of Bagamoyo municipal council, Ifakara Health Institute, the beneficiary partner of the Walk for Water 2011 project, had established a water committee in each of the six villages.
The committee had been established for the maintenance and sustainability of boreholes. “The water committee members will be provided with a handbook and required training by our initiative partner - Ifakara Health Institute - on borehole maintenance and will ensure the borehole was well maintained by villagers.
During the handing over ceremony of one of the boreholes yesterday, Ikua said: “We would like to thank The Belgian Technical Co-operation, Tanzania Distillers Limited and all those, who have participated in the Tigo Walk for Water event for supporting the Walk for Water initiative.
We would also like to thank Dr Salim Abdulla director of Ifakara Health Institute and Peter Sasse for partnering with us on this initiative. Their invaluable time and dedication is greatly appreciated not only by us but also by women and children of this village.”
“Our appreciation reaches out to Bagamoyo municipal secretary Margaret Masanga for her generosity of time and dedication in providing assistance in identifying key water problem areas for assisting on required permits and documentation to formalise the borehole with the municipality and the committee and for her general support in the project.”
The construction of the six boreholes is proof of the Walk for Water motto: 'Every Step Counts. Every Drop Counts. Every Donation Counts.' The initiative encourages other partners to join in similar projects and make a difference in areas where it matters.