Clean drinking water and sanitary conditions are acute necessities for many poor people in the Third World. The World Health Organisation, WHO, estimates that 1.1 billion people worldwide have no access to clean drinking water, while 2.4 billion people have no access to basic sanitation like toilets and latrines.
As a result, approx. 2 million people die from infectious diseases each year. Most of them are children less than five years old living in poor rural areas in the developing countries.
Danish People’s Aid cooperates with the organisation Karatu Development Association (KDA) on the project MUAVIKA, which aims to improve the living conditions of the vulnerable and poor inhabitants of the rural areas in the Karatu district in Tanzania, by providing better access to services within water, sanitation and hygiene.
The target group is 10,000 inhabitants in three villages in the Karatu district.
The project MUAVIKA has two milestones:
- To develop and improve low tech solutions for the improvement of water supply, sanitation and hygiene.
- To make poor and vulnerable Tanzanians aware of their right to water supplies, sanitation and hygiene services, and contribute to authorities taking on the obligation of meeting their responsibility.
Danish People’s Aid aims at strengthening the KDA organisation and developing our cooperation into an actual partnership. Moreover, we aim to establish a network among NGO’s in the Karatu district in order to increase the coordination and efficiency of the development initiatives in the area.
Approx. 3,500 inhabitants in the village Kambi ya Faru will receive training in how to improve their water supply, sanitation and hygiene.
About 10,000 inhabitants in the villages Kambi ya Faru, Kitete and Slahamo will receive help to set up water and sanitation committees. Especially the children will profit from better sanitation and hygiene, as they often suffer from diarrhoea. The women’s participation in the training and in the water and sanitation committee work will moreover strengthen their role in the local community.
During 2010-2011, Danish People’s Aid has deployed Mrs. Lotte Juul Mikkelsen, who is a project coordinator, to assist KDA in implementing the project MUAVIKA in Karatu, Tanzania.
Cooperation in Tanzania and in Denmark
A cooperation agreement has been signed between Danish People’s Aid and KDA, which covers the next 5 years. This falls in line with Danida’s civil society strategy and backs the overall four principles, horizontal considerations and priorities. Read more about the strategy here.
The project is funded by the development projects of “Projektrådgivningen” – the advisory committee on project management. The project runs for a period of 18 months, starting 1 September 2010.
The project is carried through in cooperation with the Danish branch of the organisation Engineers without Borders.
The village Kambi ya Faru in the Karatu District in Northern Tanzania has the same need for improvement of water and sanitary conditions, however, this village was passed over by the district when it selected villages for a large World Bank project.In 1991, The Karatu Development Association (KDA) was established by local village leaders and district councils in order to create sustainable development as a supplement to government initiatives.KDA’s vision is to promote a sustainable local community through development initiatives which can create income for individuals and entire families, and which can improve social services and protect the environment. The work of KDA is based on the principle of self-help through advocacy and training that mobilises local forces and resources.The Karatu district is situated quite near to some of the world’s most interesting protected areas such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro.