Major improvements to 2,500 people in Babati with access to water

28Oct 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Sangara Village - Babati, Tanzania
The Guardian
Major improvements to 2,500 people in Babati with access to water

​​​​​​​WaterAid today celebrates the impact of the Sustainable Rural Community Water Access Project in Babati that is providing the Sangara village community with access to reliable water services.

This project was funded by a generous grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company and People Post Code Lottery (PPL).

Implemented from October 2020 to August 2021, the project represents a critical second phase of supporting the wider Sangara village community with access to reliable water services. With the support of TCCF and PPL, WaterAid extended the existing water network to the even more remote, mountainous Sangara Juu sub-village community by adding water points, training government and community water committees on sustainable water management and demonstrated climate resilient initiatives to strengthen the community’s resilience to climatic shocks.

The installation of four inclusive water points is transforming lives and livelihoods, bringing access to water to 2,500 people in the village of Sangara in Babati, reducing the burden on women walking miles to fetch water.

“What a change, I used to walk for over an hour at 6 a.m. to fetch water in a nearby village,” said Neema Daudi, 30-year-old resident of Sangara village who has benefitted from this project. Neema has also started to prepare a vegetable garden for her family outside her house, previously she relied on the rainy season to plant vegetables or bought them from the market.

Specifically, WaterAid worked closely with the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) and Babati District Council to ensure water points are inclusive, affordable, and readily accessible for the most marginalized people in the community. The availability of clean water also helps communities improve personal hygiene and limit the spread of communicable diseases. “We appreciated various efforts done by WaterAid and other development partners to provide safe and clean water to citizens especially in rural Tanzania. We are welcoming emerging technologies including the solar-powered pump mechanisms introduced by WaterAid” Said Eng Walter Kirita, RUWASA Regional Manager- Manyara

“We have seen a significant reduction of waterbourne diseases and improved hygiene of our people. We feel a deep sense of responsibility to ensure projects like these thrive and continue to benefit our people for many years to come” said Dickson Matei, Community Development Officer, Babati District Council

To ensure sustainability and community ownership in the long run, WaterAid and partners have also built the capacity of 1,875 local community members in areas including fiscal management, environment conservation and water governance. Gender mainstreaming and inclusion of people living with disabilities were also considered into the project.

“As part of our commitment to make a difference in Africa, we continue to support local charities to ensure that they deliver meaningful programs that uplift the overall wellbeing of communities in general and women and girls in particular. This project in Babati, is another example of how strategic donations can ensure access to water in high-risk areas of the Continent,” said TCCF President Saadia Madsbjerg.

WaterAid Tanzania Country Director, Anna Mzinga said:

“We are proud of the accomplishments under the Sustainable Rural Community Water Access Project in Babati, funded by The Coca Cola Foundation and the People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL). Our close collaboration with the Government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Water’s Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) and local communities in Sangara village in Babati district, has resulted in increased access to clean water, strengthened capacity in water resource management and climate change mitigation. We call on for other partners and donors to continue joining hands in using innovative technology and approaches to provide water to current and future generations amidst climatic changes."

WaterAid East Africa Regional Director, Olutayo Bankole-Bolawole said:

“WaterAid has played such a key role in galvanizing the transformation of the access to water in rural communities. In a context where climate change is affecting water access, I am happy that together with our partners, we have been able to scale up reliable water supply and accelerate our efforts in rural communities in Babati, reaching up to 2,500 people. We are confident that others will be able to build on successful initiative long after this intervention. We encourage cross-learning and sharing of best practices across other regions where the country programme operates to scale up further rural WASH programming.”