​​​​​​​500,000 in Morogoro, Iringa regions to benefit from a five-year

22Mar 2021
Correspondent
Iringa
The Guardian
​​​​​​​500,000 in Morogoro, Iringa regions to benefit from a five-year

​​​​​​​THE US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Water Resources Integration Development Initiative (WARIDI) has installed over 540 kilometers of a water pipeline network of clean and safe drinking water in Morogoro and Iringa regions.

Kalenga resident Margreth Philipo fetching water within her house compound for the first time which means she no longer must walk to access water.

The five-year project worth US$48.8 million is expected to benefit more than 500,000 people in 20 Local Government Authorities (LGAs) in the two regions.

As of December 2020, WARIDI has completed the construction and rehabilitation of 50 water projects in rural and peri-urban communities, relieving the burden on women and girls who are often required to collect water from unsafe sources far from home.

The selection of each implemented scheme was demand-driven, with community members fully engaged. Works implemented included construction of water intakes, drilling boreholes, installing submersible electric pumps, laying pipes, constructing valve chambers, water points, storage tanks, fixing solar panels, installation of chlorination water treatment units, building pump houses, and securing infrastructure with a fence.

Communities also contributed to the successful implementation of the water projects through cash and in-kind contributions such as excavating trenches, laying pipes and backfilling.

In addition, communities provided support by carrying, loading, and offloading materials and storing and securing the materials at construction sites.

Testimonies by community members show that these in-kind contributions make them feel ownership over the schemes and increase their desire to see them succeed.

To ensure sustainable services are delivered to all beneficiaries in an equitable manner in all water supply schemes, WARIDI also supported training for community-based water supply organizations (CBWSOs) to manage and operate their water supply schemes.

The capacity of CBWSOs was built-in financial management, maintenance, and operations as well as governance of their water systems.

To complement and integrate water support, WARIDI also involved local communities in identifying promising alternative livelihood activities (household-based activities) that only require a little amount of water but have the potential to sustain household food security and generate income.

Building from that, WARIDI designed and trained farmers on three livelihoods interventions (home gardens, poultry, and fruit trees nurseries). Stamili Viale is one of the farmers from Sole Village who is already benefiting from WARIDI interventions.

She decided to turn her flower garden into a vegetable garden after receiving livelihood training.

“With this garden, I save the money I used to buy vegetables, and increase my income by selling vegetables to my neighbors. I am sure I will now have vegetables throughout the year at my yard”. The income generated from home gardens and other WARIDI designed livelihood interventions can help many women like Stamili to pay for water services.

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