Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa
WASH is an acronym for “Water,” “Sanitation” and Hygiene.” The WASH concept is used in the international development field to refer to initatives aimed at improving water availability and sanitation.
Addressing these topics successfully has been shown to have a positive effect on life expectancy and disease prevention while also enhancing aspects such as living standards, gender equality, education and health awareness, to name a few.
WASH and the United Nations
In 2015, a set of targets were outlined and agreed to by 193 countries in the United Nations Sustainable Goals (SDGs) Charta. Goal 6 of the SDGs aims to, “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”
Water Projects in Tanzania
Jambo Bukoba launched its WASH pilot project in 2016 at 8 primary schools and can report positive effects in the schools and communities in the Kagera Region in Tanzania. With the success of these pilots, Jambo Bukoba intends to expand its efforts in this area to more schools and thousands of children..
Learn more about WASH and the initiatives of Jambo Bukoba on this page.
Focusing on prevention to improve health and sanitation and reduce disease, we empower the community to address this issue themselves
Using resources and education to bring positive changes and long term results to schools in Tanzania
Expanding our project into more schools and equipping the teachers, parents and workers with the right training and facilities
My name is Viktoria Schnaderbeck and I am an ambassador for Jambo Bukoba. This year, I was able to go to Tanzania and see the benefits of the organisation’s pilot WASH projects.
Most schools in Tanzania have no water, so the children – in most cases the girls – are sent to fetch water from water holes or other sources, a trip that can take many hours a day to complete. As a result, they miss classes at school and are often left too exhausted for their studies or other activities.Worse still, fetching water can be really dangerous. I watched as one young girl bravely climbed down a steep and rocky cliff side with a bucket in one hand. For us bystanders, it was unthinkable to do something so risky, but for her, it was about daily survival.
Thanks to the Jambo Bukoba WASH pilot projects undertaken in 2016 and 2017, more than 5,000 children now have water at their schools and have been taught the benefits of practicing hygiene. Your generosity and the cooperation and input of local communities in Tanzania were essential in achieving this success.
In 2018 and 2019, Jambo Bukoba would like to expand its WASH program to an additional 20 schools reaching up to 13,000 children. That’s a big goal and we welcome your support in helping us to achieve it. Even the smallest contribution can go a long way.
Thank you for your help
All the best,
I am proud to support Jambo Bukoba, in particular, whose goals are to provide children and communities in Tanzania with better access to water as well as good health care.