Fund post COVID recovery in Tanzania

by Tanzania Development Trust
Fund post COVID recovery in Tanzania

Thanks to your generosity we have been able to bring clean water to another school at Rusesa, Kigoma. Previously students had to carry dirty water from a stream 3 km away, which had significant negative impacts on their health and studies.

Grace, 13 says, now we have a pump at school the situation is much better.  Before we wasted many hours each day carrying water for all our needs, and people were often sick from the muddy water. Now we have more time for studying.  I thank God for this opportunity and I am determined to study hard to realise my dream to become a doctor and help my community.  So, on behalf of all the 800 students at Rusesa School and our families I would like to thank TDT and everyone who helped us get this water pump.

Thank you for your generosity.  We will continue to help the many schools like Rusesa obtain the clean water they desperately need as funding allows.

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The situation in Tanzania remains concerning.  We are hoping that the new president will change the government's position on COVID and allow people to talk about it openly. We are continuing to urge all the communities we work with to take it seriously and practice social distancing, especially inside, and good hygiene.

However this is very difficult, particularly when access to clean water is so difficult.  Therefore we were so pleased, thanks to your donations, to be able to fund a bore hole and rope pump at Ntamya School. 

Prior to this the 500 students, and villagers from the surrounding villages had to walk three miles every day to collect water from a run-off of a river. A river that would often dry up. As well as being an unsafe water source that was shared with animals, this meant that girls (as it is usually girls collecting the water) would waste many hours a day in this task. 

Benedicto, our local rep in Kigoma has perfected a technique for hand drilling boreholes like this, and has trained local youth on how to make and maintain simple rope pumps. He has a list of many schools like Ntamya that still need access to water, including Rusesa.

So thank you for your generous donation to allow students in Tanzania to access clean water.

Ntamya River
Ntamya River
Ntamya Pump
Ntamya Pump
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Rusesa River
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We launched this COVID appeal in April 2020 for emergency funds to provide PPE kit and hand washing station equipment for dispensaries, health centres and small hospitals. Thanks to your generosity we raised over £13,600. With additional individual donations by Britain Tanzania Society members and three supporting charities the total funds raised were over £28,000.   This generous funding stream enabled us to fund a total of 72 health facilities so that they could purchase locally made reusable PPE gowns, masks, hand washing stations buckets and stands. These ranged from small local dispensaries up to district hospitals, but all were desperately in need of simple PPE and other resources.

These photos, typical of many received from grateful health staff, show masks being sewn by a nursing Sister, a Mother and her Son using a new hand washing station and medical staff at one health centre in Njombe Region in their locally made PPE kit.

Messages from the clinics and hospitals express a very heartfelt thank you for your support for the appeal and for the benefit it has brought to so many medical staff and patients.

The COVID situation in Tanzania seems to have settled down rather more rapidly than in other parts of the world. The government has announced that the country is "coronavirus-free",

Given Tanzania stopped publishing numbers of its coronavirus cases in May, it is difficult to verify how well the country's approach has worked. The country had 509 infections when it published its final tally on 29 April. The health ministry has also announced the closure of coronavirus treatment and isolation centres meaning it is now difficult for health centres to request any COVID related funds.

Therefore we have decided to change our focus to support post COVID recovery. Our priority project funding areas for this are clean water, health and income generation support for rural families where COVID has impacted on family incomes and activities and education support for girls through schools’ hostels accommodation to improve in school progression and academic attainment.

In the longer term we hope this will have a positive impact on girls with academic ability to make successful and higher achievement progress in their secondary school studies. How wonderful it will be if some will be able to move on to become health workers, doctors and nurses in the future. 

Thank you for supporting this appeal. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions please do get in touch.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday period in this very difficult year.

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Thanks to your generosity we are continuing to support small rural clinics and district hospitals with reusable PPE and handwashing stations to help protect healthcareworkers from COVID and other infections..

The situation regarding the pandemic in Tanzania is unclear.  The government has not released any figures on infections or deaths since the end of May and in fact has declared the pandemic has been cleared by prayer in Tanzania. It is not allowed to contradict this. However infections continue to rise in all the surrounding countries.

Schools reopened at the end of June and some tourism has restarted.  The economic costs are likely to be severe for a long time and small, under resourced clinics will continue to need support with basic materials.

So we thank you again for your generosity enabling us to continue to support them.

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