With two thirds of the earth's surface covered by water and the human body consisting of 75 percent of it, it is evident that water is one of the prime elements responsible for life on earth. Sanitation has many benefits but one of the most important is its contribution to the healthy living of a community or society. Health is wealth as it is commonly said. So, the health status of a community or family has a great role to play in their livelihood. Taking all of this into account, CMS-Africa’s local partner in Tanzania:- Samaritan Strategy Tanzania (SASTA) gave it a greater priority and took action by visiting a Maasai community at the Integrity Primary School, located in Mairrowa village to train them on the importance of water and how to promote hygiene.
The training was about changing people’s mindset in this Maasai village where the people have been living in poor lifestyle under hygiene, sanitation and clean water. The training was done in cooperation with Samaritan Strategy Tanzania and Water is Life. Among the participants were 39 men and 14 women, consisting of church leaders, community members and Muslim leaders. The training was a success and almost all things planned went on well, including the participants who were so determined to learn. The community present received the teaching with great desire to transform their area, as well as most of them desiring to have toilets and clean water by ordering filters and buckets for their expenses.
During the training, one of the pastors said that, “we need this project in our maasai community. We need to participate and cooperate with you hand in hand. A selected chairman of the committee is very excited to be among the participants who attended the training; he said we want change in this community. You have brought us changes.”
On the last day of the training, the participants were able to meet and select a committee of 10 people who shall go to five sub villages to do a research on water issues, sanitation and hygiene. Something very powerful from this group of Mairowa, which they decided to take action on selecting leaders who will lead the group and make follow ups on the activities they agreed upon.
Through more funding allocation and better policy designs for the Mairowa community, tangible health benefits could be realized. And, most importantly, improvements will be made in the lives of billions of people in the Maasai community in Tanzania.