Project managers had various checks to carry out during the project planning visit (PPV), in preparation for the arrival of the Buildbase employees into village.
Martin Likwachala, chairman of Nyamwezi village, Kilombero.
Dan and Renatha Inspecting a potential homestay for Buildbase employees in Nyamwezi.
Project manager Dan Savigar on stage, alongside members of the Tanzanian parliament. Introducing the project at a community event increases awareness, and helps with mobilising villagers to assist at the project site.
“The most positive outcome of the PPV was getting to meet all of the different local stakeholders and making a good impression on them, setting up the relationship for the rest of the project.
Buildbase employees arrive into Nyamwezi and begin working at the project site.
“It’s all about sustainability and a lot of the children will move on in a few years, hopefully when they have children of their own, they will pass what we teach them down through generations and make it sustainable.”
Kate Tinsley and Adrian Watts, CEO and Managing Director of Buildbase/Hirebase, flew out from the UK to visit the project site. This entailed meeting with some of the key figures in the community, discussing the impact of the WASH project.
“Football brings the community together and I feel part of that community. We are not just here building and going back to our home stays, we want to be involved with the community."
Sports is an effective way of engaging with the community, which in turn strengthens relationships and encourages village mobilization. Volunteers participated in a local league competeing against teams from surrounding villages.
In the nearby village of Mwaya there are two new toilet blocks, built with a hand washing station, disabled access and an MHM room. Only 6% of schools in Tanzania have similar facilities.
“Every Friday we’ll have a meeting on the correct use of the toilets and on hand-washing. It helps us to educate others to keep the toilets clean.”
“My daughter will be very happy and gain confidence because she will understand that she has the MHM room and can be comfortable at school.”