Igunga Eco-villages project reaches final phase

In August 2019, Niels Lenderink travelled to Igunga in North West Tanzania, to visit the Igunga Eco-villages project, which has been running for 4.5 years and is now in its final phase. The project is funded by EU, and implemented by a consortium consisting of Heifer, Aqua for All, Acacia Water, Meta Meta and RAIN. It aims to increase resilience of vulnerable rural Tanzanian communities through reduced poverty and improved adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change.

Two of the implemented pilots can be seen on the pictures: a subsurface clay dam, which will retain groundwater upstream and thus recharge the hand dug wells along the river bed. This dam is constructed by the involved communities; the local authorities are involved and trained to monitor the performance (yield) of these wells.  And a slow sand filter, constructed by a trained artisan for use at home. Some of the trained artisans are receiving more and more orders to construct these filters at other households as well.

Other technologies have been constructed / implemented, and more importantly, local artisans are trained to copy those to other areas.

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