The Mayega Water Project is attracting a lot of very positive attention in Tanzania. Officials from Busega District Council and Simiyu Regional Council have visited. They been very complementary towards the toilet construction at Mayega Primary School. The majority of funding has originated from Rotary Clubs in the UK and East Africa, and from Rotary International, but the local Rural Water and Sanitation Authority is also making a significant contribution.
The lead Rotary Club in Tanzania is from Igoma, near to the city of Mwanza. This is over 80 miles from Mayega. The town of Musoma is 70 miles in the other direction, along the shore of Lake Victoria. Members of its Rotary Club commemorated their visit to the toilet construction with a video clip.
Schools went back in Tanzania on 29th March and the Mayega primary pupils duly lined up for handwashing. The school is having two sessions a day, to elongate teaching time and make up for the Covid disruption. Head teacher, Ernest Damiano, said the pupils wash hands before each session but social distancing is a big challenge, ‘we have a big number of pupils and few classrooms and desks, so there is still crowding’. Soon the 945 pupils will have proper toilets, to replace the dilapidated dry ones they have been forced to use until now.