Introduction of the problem and implementation status
Engikaret, Kiserian and Ngereyani villages have been suffering from drought for the last 20 years and thereby creating serious dependency on reliefs/aids. The most recent and critical were recorded during 2009/2010 periods when most people lost their livestock,crops dried in the farms leaving them suffering from famine and malnutrition and disorganizing their socio-cultural systems (Nagol, 2010). Other impacts connected to this tragedy includes youth migration, school drop outs and frustrations (Nagol, 2010).
Furthermore, recent research has shown that the Engikaret Village (among others) has water unfit for human consumption due Fluoride contamination. Despite this healthy threatening condition, the same trend of water sharing with animals is being practiced by the neighboring villages Kiserian and Ngereyani thus, increasing the magnitude of the problem.
Realizing the climate change effects coupled with poor environmental management problems in the area, communities have adopted copying/diversification strategies, that include using the plains in a way that is compatible with the wildlife of which they mix livestock and wildlife to share the same pasture land. This denotes an evidence of compatibility in which sharing of common rangeland resources such as water, pasture and salt licks (Nagol, 2010). However, such community led initiatives need to be supported by more knowledgeable and sustainable efforts. Nevertheless, communities have been starving to readjust to coping strategies on having alternative income generation activities, and this calls for immediate action for stakeholders to support this call. It is against this background that the project seeks to support community on creating awareness, building community capacities and introducing other sustainable livelihoods options, which are economically sound and environmentally friendly in the area.
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This project has now commenced since early November and team of experts have already stated the baseline survey in all three villages Engikaret, Kiserian and Ngereyani. The team started with incetion meeting with district team (Longido DC) and proceeded to villages Ngereyani, Kiserian and Enginareti where district staff from forest department (Mr. Boaz Mtokoma)- Bee specialist, Mrs Beatrice Majele and Ms Mary Tairo accompanied TAEEs team to field for preliminary data collection prior to actual meeting and training activities starts in early December 2018
Recently, we have experienced shallow, heavy and long lasting rains that are taking place in most of the country but Dar es Salaam has almost taken a lead.
Despite these rains bringing disaster including death almost every year, they have kept changing it’s patterns and intensity each year.
We might be looking this happening and wondering why is happening, but indeed, these are sole indicators of climate change the world is talking about.
From individual to country level, we need to realize this and take action.
Preserving our environment must be a core business every individual has to take including keeping our streams and rivers safe and free from dirty in particular solid wastes. It has come a custom to see heaps of solid wastes floating into these rivers and as a result, they block river cross and opening paths and the impact is over flooding and overflow if these rivers. Water hence flows into our homes, they destroy people’s Properties including lives.
It’s time now we take sole action to clean our environment at individual level and the government will do the needful at its discretion.
Charity begins at home and it’s starts with individual and this is where things will change. Everyone has take his role on this.
Let’s continue to plant trees where needed and keep our environment clean.
We are developing strategic plan for Tanzania water and sanitation network (TAWASANET), kindly assist us to fill the Tawasanet Strategic plan questionnaire as part of our strategic move towards improving the status and strategic direction of the network
The Community Water Supply and Sanitation Program (CWSSP) has been innovatively planned and implemented in Mtwara through Community Participatory Planning (CPP) approach that has yielded results and can be scaled-up and replicated somewhere. Readmore on WASH impacts Innovation
TAEEs has been engaging in supporting community activities since its establishment. It is well known and clear that alongside constructing physical water and sanitation structures we must provide education on how to protect them. Environmental management, hygiene and sanitation are our main concerns. Villagers we are working with are equipped with appropriate knowledge on how to be able to manage their health, environment, water resources and infrastructures. Read first WASH Newsletter.
Nevertheless, on ensuring that WASH profile is uplifted, TAEEs in collaboration LGAs (Karagwe and Kyerwa) have invested resources (time, manpower and finance) in ensuring that people including institutions (schools)have improved their sanitation facilities and there are good hopes if more efforts will be vested. Read more WASH Newsletter, February 2015
September News, Vol. 1 issue 4
On ensuring that we keep apace to improve community livelihood particularly in the rural pro-poor, we have interesting news to read on the September news SILC news, September 2015
October News, Vol. 1 issue 5
More efforts are being vested by Olam Tanzania with TAEEs being implementing institution in both Karagwe and Kyerwa districts, Kagera region. The good results and signs to improve community livelihood are now evident and indeed encouraging. The move from Tsh. 2.3 million to Tsh.44 million from June to September 2015 is really amazing and wonderful indeed. SILC is more than a tool but a poverty reducing model that need to be scaled out to a wider Tanzania community. Read more stories on the October newsletter SILC news, October 2015
Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Kagera ndugu John Mongela aliamua kutembelea wilaya ya Kyerwa na Karagwe mnamo tarehe 29/1/2015 na 31/1/2015.Ziara ya mkuu wa Mkoa ililenga kutembelea miradi ya maji na ujenzi wa maabara wilayani Karagwe na Kyerwa.
Jambo la kufurahisha katika ziara hii ni kwa jinsi maandalizi ya mapokezi ya Mkuu wa Mkoa huyu yalivyowafanya watendaji wengi wa Serikali kujipanga na kuhakikisha zira ya mkuu wa mkoa haitaibua jambo lolote ambalo lingeweza kuwa surprise kwao,Watendaji wengi wa Sekali wilayani Karagwe na Kyerwa hawana tabia ya kuitembelea miradi na kujiua kwa kina na mara nyingi huwa wanapewa taarifa tu jinsi miradi inavyotekelezwa.Lakini wakati Mkuu wa Mkoa alipoahidi kutembelea Wilaya hizi mbili, basi wiki moja kabla ya ujio wake watendaji wakuu wote na kamati mbalimbali walikua wanatembelea mradi mmoja kwenda mwingine na kuijua kwa kina.
Ofisi yetu ya TAEEs Karagwe pamoja na timu nzima ya TAEEs Karagwe ilitoa ushirikaiano wa hali ya juu katika kuhakikisha watendaji hawa wa Halmashauri pamoja na kamati mbalimbali wanapata yale waliyokua wanayahitaji kutoka kwetu.
Mradi wa Kigorogoro
Mnamo tarehe 29/1/2015 Mkuu wa Mkoa alianzia kutembelea mradi wa Kigorogoro na alifika katika mradi saa nne asubuhi.Kwa upande wa TAEEs Mhandisi mkaazi alifika kwenye mradi saa tatu na nusu asubuhi kwa ajili ya kutoa maelezo au kujibu hoja zitakazotokana na mradi kwa Mkuu wa Mkoa.
Mkuu wa mkoa alifika eneo Tenki la maji la ujazo wa 135m3 na alipata taarifa ya mradi wa Maji kutoka kwenye ofisi ya Maji Kyerwa na baada ya hapo Mkuu wa Mkoa alisifia kazi inavyokwenda na kumpongeza Mkandarasi na Msimamizi wa ujenzi kwa kazi nzuri ya ujenzi wa tenki lenye Ubora wa hali ya juu.Jambo ambalo alilizungumza ambalo lilionyesha kweli kazi ni bora ni pale aliposema Atalichukulia tank hilo kama mfano katika mkoa wa Kagera kwani lina ubora wa hali ya juu,na kokote atakakokwenda atalitolea mfano tank la Kigorogoro kama tank bora. Baada ya maelezo hayo aliuliza uwepo wa kamati ya maji na kama wanaendelea kuchangisha michango ya maji.Kamati ilionekana ipo na wanendela kuchangisha michango.
Mradi wa Maji Rwabikagati.
Baada ya mradi wa Kigorogoro Mkuu wa Mkoa alielekea kukagua mradi wa maji Rwabikagati.Lakini pia alikua akikagua ujenzi wa maabara kwenye Kata zilizoko katikati ya Kigorogoro na kijiji cha Rwabikagati.Alifika kwenye mradi wa Rwabikagati kwenye majira ya saa tisa na nusu alasiri,alifikia eneo la tenk la maji lilipojengwa.Alipata taarifa ya mradi toka ofisi ya maji Kyerwa na baadae akahoji maswali yafuatayo
- Aliwahoji wananchi kama wanapata huduma ya maji
- Kwanini mradi haujakabidhiwa mpaka saa hivi wakati watu wanaendela kupata huduma.
- Matengenezo madogo madogo yanafanywa na nani?
- Kwanini makandarasi hayupo site.
Swali la kwanza alilijibu mwenyekiti wa kamati ya maji na kusema huduma inapatikana vizuri na watu wanapata huduma ya maji takribani miezi mitano sasa.
Swali la pili lilijibiwa na Mhandisi Mkaazi toka TAEEs ambapo alitoa maelezo kuwa mradi haujakabidhiwa kwasababu kuna vitu vidogo vidogo havijakamilishwa na Mkandarasi ambapo anahitaji kuvikamilisha halafu mradi uingie chini ya uangalizi wa miezi 6 ndipo ukabidhiwe.
Swali la tatu lilijibiwa na Mhandisi Mkaazi toka TAEEs ambapo alitoa maelezo kwamba Mradi una fanyiwa matengenezo madogo madogo na Fundi wa mradi ambaye alipewa mafunzo na Mkandarasi toka mradi unaanza mpaka ulipokumilika.Fundi huyu hufanya matengenezo lakini kwa gharama za Mkandarasi kwa kuwa bado mradi uko chini ya Mkandarasi.
Swali la nne lilijibiwa na Mhandisi Mkaazi toka TAEEs kuwa Mkandarasi amaendoka kwani amekamilisha mradi asilimia 98 na anaidai Halmashauri takribani milioni 200 ambazo halmashauri imeshindwa kumlipa mpaka sasa.Alishindwa kuendelea kuwa site kwani gharama zingeongezeka zaidi kama angeendelea kuwepo wakati hajalipwa malipo yake.
Baada ya majibu hayo ya Maswali ya Mkuu wa Mkoa, Diwani wa kata ya Murongo ambayo kijiji cha Rwabikati ni moja ya vijiji vyake alitoa hoja kuwa Pamoja na watu kupata huduma ya maji lakini mradi una tatizo kwani Mashine ya kuungia mabomba (Fusion machine) ni nzito na kunapokua na tatizo linalohitaji mashine itumike basi mafundi wanapata shida sana kuibeba.
Mkuu wa Mkoa alihoji hiyo mashine ikoje upande Msimamizi wa mradi na akapewa majibu ambapo baada ya majibu hayo,Mkuu wa Mkoa alimwambia Diwani kuwa mambo yamebadilika na Mashine hiyo ni teknologia mpya na wananchi wachangie gharama za kuisogeza mashine hiyo pale inapohitajika.
Pia Mkuu wa Mkoa akahoji Wananchi na Diwani kama toka wameanza kutumia huduma ya maji wanachangia kwa ajili ya uendeshaji wa mradi.Majibu ya swali hili ilikua ni Hapana na Diwani akasema hawachangii kwasababu bado hawajakabidhiwa mradi.
Mkuu wa Mkoa alitoa agizo la mara moja kuwa huo ni uzembe na michango ianze mara moja kuanzia siku hiyo.Aliendelea kusema iwapo Mkandarasi akiondoka na kuwakabidhi basi wawe wana hela yao ya uendeshaji wa mradi maana bila hivyo mradi huo utakufa.
Baada ya Hapo Mkuu wa Mkoa aliendelea na ziara za ukaguzi wa Maabara.Ziara ambayo ilikua haiihusu TAEEs