JOA and Raleigh International announce two-year partnership in rural Tanzania and Nicaragua

18th October 2017

Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) and sustainable development charity Raleigh International have entered into a two-year partnership to create lasting change for disadvantaged rural communities in Tanzania and Nicaragua.

With the support of JOA and the people of Jersey, Raleigh International will deliver two projects to improve access to, and use of, safe water and sanitation for more than 1,800 primary school children and 14,000 community members by the end of 2019.

This new partnership goes beyond the traditional donor-agency relationship by enabling the people of Jersey to actively take part in the delivery of the projects. In 2018 and 2019, by taking part in JOA’s long-standing programme of Community Work Projects, volunteers from Jersey can work with rural communities in Nicaragua and Tanzania to support the construction of new water and sanitation infrastructure, and to improve children’s and communities’ practice of simple hygiene behaviours that can keep them safe from illness.

Both projects will target rural and marginalised communities where contaminated water, poor sanitation and unsafe hygiene behaviours cause high rates of preventable illness. The partnership will focus on primary schools in Tanzania’s Morogoro region and rural communities in northern Nicaragua.

Carolyn Labey, Chair of Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA), said of the partnership:

“Raleigh has delivered highly-effective development projects for us for several years, and joining these up with our annual Community Work Projects is a natural progression for us. Combining Raleigh’s long expertise in sending volunteers abroad with our own represents a fantastic opportunity for Islanders to do something really extraordinary for others.”

Stacey Adams, Chief Executive at Raleigh International, commented on the partnership:

“We are excited to be partnering with Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) to deliver this important work. With the people of Jersey’s support, we will be able to make a real, sustainable difference to the lives of communities in rural Tanzania and Nicaragua. We are delighted that people from Jersey will be able to take part and play a vital role through JOA’s Community Work Projects.”

Both organisations are now looking ahead to the next two years of the partnership and the people of Jersey making a vital contribution to long-term change in rural communities in Tanzania and Nicaragua.

The partnership will be launched at a public event at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18th October at St Paul’s Centre, St Helier. Members of JOA and Raleigh International will be available to answer questions for potential volunteers. For more information about the event or community work projects please visit: www.joa.je

Why are JOA and Raleigh International partnering in Tanzania and Nicaragua?

In rural Tanzania, sanitation and hygiene facilities are often absent from primary schools – 84% of Tanzania’s schools do not have functional handwashing facilities, while 99% do not provide soap to pupils. The lack of sanitation facilities in schools, coupled with poor hygiene knowledge, can lead to serious yet preventable illness, and high drop-out rates.

Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Latin America. Approximately one in three people living in rural regions are unable to access a safe and sustainable source of drinking water, while just one in four are washing their hands at the critical moments. For communities in northern Nicaragua, rural poverty, poor management of water infrastructure, and climate change are putting increasing pressure on already weak and dilapidated water systems.

How will the partnership help disadvantaged communities in both countries?

JOA and Raleigh International will help communities in the Morogoro region of Tanzania change this by (A) constructing new sanitation and hygiene facilities in four schools and for the use of 1,800 children, (B) by prompting sustainable changes in hygiene behaviour among kids in school and a further 7,200 community members, and (C) supporting school management to maintain facilities and practices for the future.

JOA and Raleigh International will work with communities in the north of Nicaragua to (A) construct or rehabilitate water systems to increase access to safe and sustainable water supplies for over 1,000 vulnerable people. They will also (B) increase knowledge of healthy hygiene and sanitation practices among 6,000 community members which will be sustained by (C) strengthening local water and sanitation committees through training to help them better manage water resources.

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