Waste and water

Waste management is gradually becoming a serious concern in Tanzania due to limited sorting at source and improper storage, collection, transportation, treatment and final disposal. A significant proportion of waste therefore ends up in the environment, accentuating environmental and public health risks. Furthermore, people in the Nyamatongo ward use lake water from Lake Victoria to wash in and to drink. This water is contaminated with pollutants pumped into the lake by towns and cities situated on the lake, is infected with the deadly disease, schistosomiasis, and is inhabited by crocodiles and hippopotamuses that regularly attack people. Consequently, it is not surprising that 70% of diseases encountered in health facilities in the country are water and sanitation related.

Lack of environmental awareness, the absence of strict bylaws on environmental management, and cultural attitudes all lead to improper waste disposal and water usage habits amongst the society in Kamanga.

Our overarching goal is to increase understanding and awareness of how the environment is closely entwined with the health and socio-economic wellbeing of the community. With this in mind, proper waste disposal facilities and the introduction of clean water to the village, as well as an environmental education programme with focus on Water and Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) principles and strategies on the correct discarding of litter is planned to be implemented in 2019/2020. Through this programme we will be targeting primary school students, their families, and the wider community.

The project will be executed in close collaboration with the Sengerema District Council and the Sengerema District Environmental Officer.


Global Hand Washing Day

In 2018 we celebrated ‘Global Hand Washing Day” initiated by The Global Handwashing Partnership in 2008. The Global Hand Washing Day raises awareness of the benefits of good hand washing habits: Using clean water and soap reduces the risk of getting diarrhoea and respiratory infections by up to 50 %.


Other initiatives

We are working on providing a clean and consistent supply of drinking water for the villagers in Kamanga. We currently pump, treat and filter water for use at Kamanga Health Centre and are working on finding the best ways of bringing clean water to the whole village.

We are also working on plans to tackle waste disposal and create awareness of the importance of keeping a clean environment.

Cedar Tanzania is also educating and taking preventative measures to assist the 20-30% of the inhabitants in Nyamatongo Ward who practice open defecation mainly due to lack of access to proper latrines.

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Expert needed!

We are keen to provide clean water to the community of Kamanga and potentially the whole of Nyamatongo Ward, but are lacking technical expertise in this area.

We are looking for a water expert to help us identify the best way of doing this, either through improving existing methods (bore holes/wells) or by introducing new methods (pumping/filtering from the lake).

If you are that person or know that person, please contact us on nina@cedarfoundation.org


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