The Kiberege Project - Part 1 - Mobilisation

Following a meeting with a Kilombero regional ward councillor MSABI identified that there was a remote community with low access to safe water. The community is made of approx. 3000 people living in 3 villages, the community is mainly Masai/Sukuma a traditionally nomadic group who typically rear goats and cattle which graze and move across the lands.

The area is far (60km) from the main Mikumi to Ifakara road, and travel there during this season was particularly difficult, see photo below.

Transport difficulties when reaching remote communities.

Santiago, a MSABI project manager visited the communities as part of our mobilisation activities. Mobilisation is the first step in MSABI's process. The aim is to mobilise people to know about MSABI, safe water access and water treatment. For these particular groups at Kpingu it was the first time an NGO had visited and first time water programme, government or otherwise had visited. The community was excited by the prospect of a improved water access. They were shown pictures of the pump and both the contract and technical details of the rope pump were discussed.

The roads have recently become difficult given the short rains season.

The second stage of mobilisation is called a WOW visit. Essentially from all the people present at the mobilisation, several representatives are elected to travel to and meet residents in another region who own a pump. Here they can use the rope pump themselves, see the product as a customer and importantly discuss with that communities how they worked together to raise funds and how they subsequently manage and maintain their water point.

Masai mobilisation meeting, the first time seeing the rope pump.

The three villages quickly formulated groups of community members to process water point applications. A remarkable 20 in total, highlighting the demand and need for water. This is an important point. A simple mobilisation visit has lead to 20 groups joining to obtain the money and organisation to engage with MSABI.

Currently several community members have travelled to the MSABI office to collect application forms and formally sign contracts. Over time the number of water points groups may reduce, but the awareness of the technology is in the village, and given this mobilisation approach the installation of one water point usually sparks more requests from other local groups.

Kipingu Village mobilisation meeting, interest from all parts of the community.

We have decided to follow this project from start to completion to highlight the MSABI process and how we really are reaching the neediest communities with our water points. This project is part of our normal water point intervention programme, this is what we do every day.

Santiago and Kiran.