It is estimated that Tanzania spends 70 per cent of its health budget on preventable ‘WASH’ (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) related diseases as the majority of the population does not have access to improved sanitation, and close to half of the population does not have access to clean drinking water. Without adequate WASH facilities, homes, schools and health centres become breeding grounds for diseases that kill children and threaten their ability to grow. Girls, children with disabilities and children living in rural areas are most affected. This further heightens inequities and uneven opportunities for development. The impact of ‘WASH’ on children living in crisis situations also affects their chances of survival. (UNICEF report)
TDT helping schools and communities to have clean water and sanitation.
From the Annual Review 2019-2020:
"TDT is dependent on donations from a relatively small number of individuals, on-line giving campaigns and partner trusts. It does not receive any funding from Government, international agencies, or corporations, although this would be welcomed.
Its income has more than doubled over the last twelve years, but is still insufficient for the number of projects we would like to fund. Many projects have to be delayed, put on hold, or can only be part funded because of lack of cash. For example, we have successfully funded water harvesting schemes in schools and village community clinics so that they have access to clean water. Funding girls’ hostels in government secondary school spares girls from walking up to 4 hours a day. We want to replicate these in other locations.
The projects funded by TDT in 2019-20 fall into five main groups, linked to agriculture, clean water, employment and women’s livelihoods, education, and community. Many of the projects have multiple benefits within the communities they serve, and contribute to the growth of the local economy in these marginalised communities in more than one way.
An important by-product of TDT’s work is the development of leadership skills within rural communities, helping them to become self-sufficient. We try to raise the aspirations of younger Tanzanians, particularly girls, by providing access to life-changing opportunities. And we look for sustainability and continuity in all of our projects, using technology that is within the maintenance capabilities of the recipients."