Poor sanitation and hygiene are a cross-cutting health concern in all rural Tanzania villages. Poor sanitation leads to diarrheal diseases, which are responsible for deaths of children under five. Poor personal and household hygiene can lead to trachoma, increased rate of infections, and a number of other diseases. A home with standing or stagnant water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and increase malaria rates not just for that family, but for the neighbors as well.

Under the Africompassion Healthy Villages initiative, hygiene and sanitation interventions, supplementing innovative and comprehensive water chain interventions is needed to ensure safe water from the sources and into the homes is clean and safe. We implement long-term projects in the local communities alongside Project Orphans to address water resource challenges. Our mission on this is to drill and install water wells to provide the community with access to drinking water.

Through our community outreach, we educate the targeted groups about the importance of household hygiene, personal hygiene, and sanitation. We also have partnerships with local schools, encouraging children to adopt personal habits of hygiene, and to help their schools and their families adopt small sanitation measures like having a hand-wash container outside of latrines. At the same time, we hold village outreach and teach about the importance of gathering water from the available sources even though many of these sources are not safe, and importance of treating or at least boiling water intended for consumption. This help them learn about the nature and danger of water-borne diseases contracted by drinking unsafe-contaminated water. At times we bring in local community-leaders to do educational performances or outreaches about safe water.

Latrine Coverage

Our 20 Healthy Village initiative, we conduct inclusive campaigns to increase latrine coverage and sanitation measures in the villages.  Africompassion Healthy Village initiative conducts pre-campaign and post-campaign household surveys to determine the increase in coverage for each sanitation improvement, and follows up with households to help finish the longer projects such as latrine construction.

We work with our community Village Health Teams to create ‘model households’. The Village Health Teams demonstrate all the sanitation improvements at their own homes. we gather teams of high school students, local government officials, and the community. Each team works in one neighborhood of the village, going house-to-house during the sanitation campaign and making improvements to the homes it visits.

Wells

Where needed, we share with potential donors, friends, and other water well organizations to help construct wells using our already-established Community water committees as the key supervisors. We partner with the villagers themselves, who donate the land, and provide any assistance to the drilling company who works and live in the village during the whole process.

This method of partnership forges a sense of village ownership over the well, so that the community will continue to maintain and repair the well over the years, instead of looking up for donors. We help the village to establish, if they do not have one already, a Water User Committee, who collects some small amount of money from the villagers for repair incase a need arises

All well locations are chosen so as to reach at least 100 households, and for many families this is the first time they have ever had access to a clean water source.  Over the course of our work in each community, we hope to construct enough wells that every family is proximate to at least one clean water source. The number of wells required, therefore, depends on the size and lay-out of the village.

Poor sanitation and hygiene are a cross-cutting health concern in all rural Tanzania villages. Poor sanitation leads to diarrheal diseases, which are responsible for deaths of children under five. Poor personal and household hygiene can lead to trachoma, increased rate of infections, and a number of other diseases. A home with standing or stagnant water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and increase malaria rates not just for that family, but for the neighbors as well.

Under the Africompassion Healthy Villages initiative, hygiene and sanitation interventions, supplementing innovative and comprehensive water chain interventions is needed to ensure safe water from the sources and into the homes is clean and safe. We implement long-term projects in the local communities alongside Project Orphans to address water resource challenges. Our mission on this is to drill and install water wells to provide the community with access to drinking water.

Through our community outreach, we educate the targeted groups about the importance of household hygiene, personal hygiene, and sanitation. We also have partnerships with local schools, encouraging children to adopt personal habits of hygiene, and to help their schools and their families adopt small sanitation measures like having a hand-wash container outside of latrines. At the same time, we hold village outreach and teach about the importance of gathering water from the available sources even though many of these sources are not safe, and importance of treating or at least boiling water intended for consumption. This help them learn about the nature and danger of water-borne diseases contracted by drinking unsafe-contaminated water. At times we bring in local community-leaders to do educational performances or outreaches about safe water.

Latrine Coverage

Our 20 Healthy Village initiative, we conduct inclusive campaigns to increase latrine coverage and sanitation measures in the villages.  Africompassion Healthy Village initiative conducts pre-campaign and post-campaign household surveys to determine the increase in coverage for each sanitation improvement, and follows up with households to help finish the longer projects such as latrine construction.

We work with our community Village Health Teams to create ‘model households’. The Village Health Teams demonstrate all the sanitation improvements at their own homes. we gather teams of high school students, local government officials, and the community. Each team works in one neighborhood of the village, going house-to-house during the sanitation campaign and making improvements to the homes it visits.

Wells

Where needed, we share with potential donors, friends, and other water well organizations to help construct wells using our already-established Community water committees as the key supervisors. We partner with the villagers themselves, who donate the land, and provide any assistance to the drilling company who works and live in the village during the whole process.

This method of partnership forges a sense of village ownership over the well, so that the community will continue to maintain and repair the well over the years, instead of looking up for donors. We help the village to establish, if they do not have one already, a Water User Committee, who collects some small amount of money from the villagers for repair incase a need arises

All well locations are chosen so as to reach at least 100 households, and for many families this is the first time they have ever had access to a clean water source.  Over the course of our work in each community, we hope to construct enough wells that every family is proximate to at least one clean water source. The number of wells required, therefore, depends on the size and lay-out of the village.