Thoughts from a local teacher

During the field trip in Arusha, Tanzania, Alexander Holm Koch has visited local inhabitants and discussed the problems in relation to the water scheme in the rural areas.

Ilishi Safari, pensioned teacher, explains how the problems about the unreliable water resource affects the community.

“In our village we only have a reliable water source in the wet season, where we are walking to one of the two public taps to fetch water. Sometimes the queue is very long and therefore we have to use lots of time waiting. In the dry season, we have to travel farther to fetch water – up to 5 km each way.

I think it is a huge problem that we have to spend so much time fetching water because it takes the time from work and education, which makes it difficult to improve our livelihood. In the dry season a lot of people in my village are using less water because of scarcity. This results in worse hygiene behaviour with an increase of diseases, which leads to economic problems. A lot of the people in the village do not have the knowledge to use water in the right way including proper hygiene behaviour. As an example I think that training in rainwater harvesting would improve our situation, because it would give a source close to the house, which would be time saving.”