A couple of months ago we wrote about our mobilisation activities in the ward of Kiberege. The ward consists of very remote villages - some over 80km away from a main road. The area is prone to flooding during the wet season, making transport and access very difficult. These areas are inhabited by marginalized/displaced Masai and Sukuma pastrolists. Photo above is of MSABI staff walking with the Kiberege Ward Councillor through the remote Masai areas of Kiberege
Sululu - Existing village water supply for a remote village. The water is often not boiled or treated before drinking. Can you imagine drinking this water every day? Our site surveys highlighted the the difficulty in accessing safe water. Further, in the dry season many shallow well dry up and people have to walk great distances to locate water - and having to pay as much as 500TSH (40c) per 20l bucket for water.
Our previous visit to the area was aimed at introducing these communities to the MSABI program and providing hygiene education. We transported a number of leaders to villages where MSABI water points were installed. Our activites generated a lot of excitement and demand for our services. Subsequently, these communities mobilised themselves and formed groups to obtain their own water point. From our visit we received orders for 23 new water points! This is an impressive outcome and highlights the demand for clean and safe water amongst rural communities. Over the past month each group has paid ($200/group_ and signed contracts and prepared materials consisting of sand, gravel, cement and bricks. They will also contribute labour ( 6 persons) to assist the MSABI drilling technicians. Yesterday the MSABI team headed out to this remote area on a truck loaded with PVC casing, pumps and drilling rigs. Where the road finished we were met by local village people who offloaded materials and transported them by bullock and cart!!! We sent three drill teams to complete this work and we hope to finish within 1-2 months.
Santiago going through a water point contract with the Masai leader, example mini model rope pump to the side.
Maintenance requirements and the roles of community water point owners were discussed at site survey meetings. MSABI will continue to work with these communities to ensure sustainable systems are in place such that supply chains and ongoing repairs can be made on their rope pumps. MSABI will also offer or SMS pump for life service - whereby pump owners can pay a monthly subscription fee ($5/month) in return for a guarantee for spare parts and repair.
Positioning the water point, considering accessibility, flood risk, proximity to buildings and ground topography etc.
Working with the Kiberege Ward councillor, Ramadhani Makung’uto stated "We were able to reach the remotest communities. We hope that more Ward Councillors will step up and support our activities, and advocate this approach at district level."
Reaching the remote communities is difficult even after the wet season has passed, mini model rope pump attached to motorbike.
Kiran Gowda, Maurus Sambakali and Santiago.