Nearly 10,000 households of Babati District in Manyara Region have benefitted from the Water, Hygiene and Sanitation project being executed by the Adventists Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Tanzania.
According to the President of Tanzania Union Mission for the Seventh - day Adventist (SDA), Dr Godwin Lekundayo, the so-called WASH project is meant to enhance access to clean and portable water for the vulnerable population as well as reducing water-borne diseases through sensitization and community training.
The project has helped to also build toilets for rural Babati households that previously didn't have any and schools that either needed more or new ones.
"Through the project, ADRA has installed eight giant water tanks, capable of holding 200,000 litres, to ensure regular supply of water to local villages," said Dr Lekunday during the recently held East and Central Africa ADRA Regional Program Strategic Planning Workshop.
The TUM President added that, under the same WASH project in Babati, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency managed to construct 20,000 latrines at household levels and in local schools around the remote areas of the District.
With its headquarters in Usa-River, Arusha, the Adventists Development and Relief Agency has managed to reach out to 3.6 million, vulnerable and displaced populations in Tanzania with an integral support in the last five years.
ADRA's programs, according to Dr Lekundayo, are mapped within Water and Sanitation, Economic empowerment, Education and Adult Literacy and these were mainly being executed in the Northern Zone regions of Tanga, Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro.
"We have taught appropriate farming techniques to more than 185,250 people with 51 per cent of them being females and at the end of the teachings, each participating family had a kitchen garden, knew the importance of eating balanced diet, drank boiled and clean water and had properly kept latrines," said the SDA head.
According to Dr Lekundayo so far there are 5,572 households in Kilimanjaro Region alone with developed 'home kitchen vegetable gardens' and water catchments systems.