In December 2020, Mikese Secondary School was one of nine centres which put into operation a 50 m3 rainwater harvesting tank and hand washing facilities. Mikese is situated in the Morogoro region before reaching Morogoro town, almost 161 km west of Tanzania’s business city Dar es Salaam. See in the video below what students, teachers and parents have to say about the new facility.
Students of the Mikese Secondary School (Screenshot of TCRS video)
Infographics which were distributed to students, village leaders and local government officers in the area not only informed them about the importance of washing hands to mitigate COVID, but also about preventing gender-based violence (GBV) which had risen due to the school closure. The project was supported by ACT-member Felm and carried out by the Tanganyika Christian Refugee Service (TCRS) in collaboration with the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT).
The project helped to reduce the number of new COVID-infections, but also to prevent the spread of other illnessesses. The awareness for GBVs rose, cases were identified and paralegal support given. In the long term, the same centres will focus on improved livelihood by good agricultural practices (GAP).
Mangu Secondary School, Kishapu district, northern Tanzania
Another school which benefits from a water tank is the Mangu Secondary School in Kishapu district, Shinyanga region. There, too, it resulted in many positive changes.
The water tank at the Mangu Secondary School (Screenshot of TCRS video)
CCT-representative sensitizing community on gender-based violence (Photo CCT)