SAWA has managed to implement the UMATA program in the Kongwa District Council by facilitating demand creation for communities living in Kongwa Rural villages and urban centers, which covers 31 villages with 146- sub-villages (total household 26,859 with population of 128,208 people (63,758 are male and 64,450 female) in 11 wards with school children from 38 primary schools. The contract was over the period of May 1st 2016 to October 31st 2017.

SAWA worked in collaboration with the district team from Kongwa through DHO, the SWASH Coordinator, the Community Development Officer at ward, and village level worked with Ward Health officers, Ward Education officers, WEOs, Village Executive officers, and community members through CLTS teams.

SAWA used community-led total sanitation (CLTS) approach for demand creation and triggering the community to stop open defecation. The triggering involved rapport building with the community, participatory analysis, ignition moment, action planning by the community, promotion of hand washing, and conducted close follow up.

SAWA played a role in capacity development to ward and village leaders through multiple trainings to make sure that there is the  knowledge and skills present for data collection, triggering, monitoring, and updating of sanitation registers within villages and sub villages.

SAWA has instructed the existing microfinance groups on the importance of sanitation funding and of its great importance in improving sanitation in the community. In total, 35 active microfinance groups with 762 members (526 being females) and 14 active artisans (8 being members of those microfinance groups) are in place. The total fund in these groups is Tsh 52,098,338 with Tsh. 567,200 being the total amount taken as sanitation loan (4,025,000 taken by males and 1,647,000 taken by females. A total of 344 new and improved latrines have been constructed by these microfinance group members.

SAWA also partnered with Raleigh International – Tanzania, an organization that supports young Tanzanians and their fellow partners from the UK to volunteer and work with local communities as part of learning on WASH. This engagement supported access to sanitation and water services in 8 schools, where Raleigh provided industrial materials and labour costs while communities in respective schools provided local materials and labour. The volunteers provided hygiene education to communities.

Near the end of the contract, SAWA managed to facilitate 19 villages ODF, reaching 81,027 people (40,338 being female) in 15,849 HH, where 6 wards are now 100% ODF. A total of 35 microfinance groups and 14 active community artisans were created. The project reached 38 schools with 27,893 pupils (girls 14,368 and 13,525 boys). The remaining villages have reached to 98% of latrine coverage.

SAWA has managed to submit the final project report to Plan International. Therefore, we are waiting for the project extension, if SAWA will be selected for it. Currently, Plan International is doing an evaluation to sub-grantee based off of their performance.