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NGO Donates Bore Hole to School

Thyolo Active Youth Organisation has donated a bore hole to Nachipere Primary School that has stayed over a year and half without portable water.

The donation follow a complaint by the head teacher, Foster Ligomeka, for the school that pupils at the school have been using rainwater and sand to clean cups after eating porridge.

Ligomeka explains that, "In the absence of water the pupils were going for whatever works. Some cleaned their cups with sand while others used rainwater and each child has to bring their drinking water in a bottle."

​Agency Pledges Sh240 Billion in Aid

The French Development Agency AFD will inject over Sh240 billion into renewable energy, water and transport projects in Tanzania.

AFD Representative in Tanzania Emmanuel Baudra, told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the latest development plans are in line with the French President's commitment to increase support by a 50 per cent by 2020.

​Bank Approves US$33m for Water and Sanitation

The African Development Bank has approved the release of US$33 million to improve water and sanitation in Bulawayo.

The bank points out that, "The Bulawayo Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project (BWSSIP) seeks to boost municipal water supply and sanitation services, thereby contributing to improved health and social well-being of the population."

It further states that this comes at a time when ZimFund Phase I project implemented in six cities in the country, has just been completed and Phase II projects have commenced.

WHO Blames Most Global Deaths on Environment

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says one in four deaths worldwide are due to environmental factors like air, water and soil pollution, as well as unsafe roads and workplace stress.
 
In a press statement, WHO estimates 12.6 million people died in 2012 as a result of living and working in unhealthy environments, 23 percent of all deaths reported globally.
 
WHO head, Margaret Chan, points out that, "If countries do not take actions to make environments where people live and work healthy, millions will continue to become ill and die too young."

​R350m to Alleviate Sanitation, Drought

R350 million has been allocated by the Department of Water and Sanitation to the Ngaka Modiri Molema District in the North West to alleviate sanitation and drought-induced problems.
 
The department is providing urgent relief to the Tswaing Local Municipality which has been relying heavily on underground water supply.
 
In recent months, due to drought and water shortages experienced in the area and small scale farmers have been forced to sell their livestock.
 

Cities Not Keeping With Demand for Basic Toilets

Katrina Charles says that over the last 15 years, 68 million people gained access to improved sanitation in urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

Charles, who describes this as a big achievement, says in the same period the urban population grew by an estimated 167 million, leaving an additional 99 million urban dwellers without access to improved sanitation.

Water Infrastructure Funding a Challenge in Africa

The issue of funding dominated discussions at the World Water Week in in Stockholm, Swedish, as delegates mainly from Africa, discussed water and sanitation challenges on the continent.

The African Ministers' Council on Water says it is shameful that there are still people on the continent who do not have access to drinking water.

To read the article titled, “Water infrastructure funding a challenge in Africa,” click here.

AWARD: Internship - Natural Resource Management

Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) is an NGO in South Africa that works on water supply in the broader context of managing water resources and their wise use, with a focus on learning about water security issues in the Sand River Catchment area.

AWARD works on systemic and social learning approaches to water issues at local and catchment-scales at both national and international levels (mainly water-sharing between South Africa and Mozambique).  Some examples of key areas of focus have included:

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