Background and Progress to date
AGEN&AGEN-USA Inc is looking for collaborators, donors, NGOs and individuals to join efforts of the AGEN-USA Inc’s president Mr. Rasel Madaha to bring water to one of the unplanned settlements in Tanzania. Rasel Madaha was a Fulbright fellow at the University of Buffalo, in New York, USA from July 2009 to September 2012. Now he is back in his hometown of Morogoro, Tanzania, where he works as a lecturer at Sokoine University of Agriculture in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Community Development. As one of the founders of AGEN&AGEN-USA Inc, he has been focusing on empowering grassroots people by, among other things, providing them with low-interest micro-loans, consultancy services, training, counselling, water and sanitation. For details on their interventions, please visit http://www.agentz.org
More importantly, he with assistance of Prof. Shannon Risk of Niagara University (located New York) has started a campaign with grassroots women in Tushikamane Street, Morogoro, Tanzania to provide better access to tap water to marginalized people. Originally, the project goal was to build a tap water point to allow women access tap water at a nearest point so as to prevent them from walking through unsafe conditions. The contributions from the original project were going to be used to build a community school in the neighbourhood. Recently, however, more people in the neighbourhood (50 households) raised more funds to bring a major 4 inches PVC pipe (piped-in water) covering 354 meters from the nearest tap water sources (with 1.5 inches branches covering 300 meters) with the aim to ensure that each of the households in the neighbourhood gets tap water. A total of $3500 from community members and other stakeholders (Individuals, AGEN-USA Inc, and MORUWASA- government water authority) has been raised and spent in the project.
The Challenge and Funds Needed
Although the majority of women have contributed funds to bring piped water into the neighbourhood, the majority of them cannot afford expenses associated with installing tap water into their respective households. In view of that, this project is about raising funds to create a cumulative fund to enable people and women in particular living in the neighbourhood (150 households) to get low interest loans to install a tap water system into their respective households. Then, they will repay the loan in cycles of four months with a small interest of 10%. The funds will then be passed to other women in the neighbourhood who will in turn install the tap water system in their households. We need a maximum of $5000 to install a tap water system in 50 households. However, we currently target $2800 to be used as a revolving fund and serve at least 25 households in the first phase. The remaining 25 households will be served in the second phase. After the second phase, a total of $ 3360 will have been raised. $1060 will be used to extend a 4 inches PVC pipe by at least 132 meters to serve an additional 100 households. The third phase (a four months cycle) with $2300 will serve 23 households out of 100 households. The remaining four phases (i.e. phase 4, phase 5, and phase 6) will serve the remaining 77 households. At the completion of Phase 6, a total of 150 households in the neighbourhood will have access to tap water. Once all the 150 households have access to tap water in their respective households. Specifically, at the end of phase 6, a total of $3,311 will be generated and used to build community elementary school in the neighbourhood.
The Video Clip
In this video (accessed at https://youtu.be/0h1sa4c-lRU ), Rasel narrates stories on the challenges faced by community members and how AGEN (and its grassroots implementing partner) has helped them bring piped water into the neighbourhood. For details about other AGEN’s interventions, please visit www.agentz.org The women are truly holding up “Half the Sky” and they deserve to be assisted.
How can you engage?
Your donation, small or big, can make a big difference in these women’s lives by making water more accessible and in safer conditions, plus helping the women as entrepreneurs who wish to use the money earned to build a school. There are two sites for fundraising
- https://www.gofundme.com/2aamn6n8 (everyone can donate through this site)
- https://causes.benevity.org/projects/78895 (this site receives donations only from Microsoft employees. If you know one, please ask him or her to kindly donate)
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration. Please help us reach our goal of raising $2800.
We are also looking for like-minded not-for-profit organizations looking for implementing partners on women and gender related issue in Tanzania. Finally, we are looking for result based volunteers living in New York to serve as Board of Directors, contact persons and volunteers.