• Our Projects

    Clean Water for the Villages of Gajal and Haysam

    Status: Projected start in April 2018

    Category: health and sanitation, education, income

    Projected costs: $255,000

    After its success in the village of Dareda Kati, Karimu is expanding and applying its model to neighboring villages.

    We are focusing first on clean water, without which no other projects can succeed. Neither the village of Gajal nor the village of Haysam has easy access to water, which adversely affects well over a thousand families.

    Because parents have other work duties, children must fetch water from muddy rivers or failing wells to satisfy their families’ water needs. We met an eight-year-old girl who, every day, needs to fetch three buckets of water in the morning, four at noon, and two in the evening, each time walking some 8 km (5 miles). She therefore cannot attend school, and she is the rule rather than the exception. Karimu wants to end that by bringing clean water to Gajal and Haysam.

    In Gajal and Haysam’s schools, toilets are dry holes in the ground. Children clean themselves with sand or by wiping their hands on the grass, and they spread diseases when they return to class. We must bring these schools clean water, flush toilets, sinks and faucets.

    The project will be executed in multiple phases:

    • Water collection from clean streams on the wall of the Rift Valley escarpment (5.5 km from Gajal and 3 km from Haysam) and installation of filtering system and storage tanks
    • Installation of 5.5 km of pipes and pumps to move water from central tanks to Gajal, storage tank in Gajal, and pipes and faucets to distribute water throughout Gajal
    • Installation of 3 km of pipes to move water by leveraging gravity from central tanks to a number of faucets distributed throughout Haysam
    • Installation of flush toilets, faucets for cleaning, and septic tank at Haysam Primary School
    • Construction of large sink with several faucets at Haysam Primary School for hand-washing
    • Installation of flush toilets, faucets for cleaning, and septic tank at Gajal Primary School
    • Construction of large sink with several faucets at Gajal Primary School for hand-washing

    Expected benefits:

    • Reduction of 30 percent or more in diarrheal diseases
    • Increased crop production and farm income
    • Higher school attendance and enrollment
    • Improved performance on national exam to qualify for secondary school

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    Reconstruction of Bacho Primary School

    Status: ongoing

    Category: Health & Sanitation, Income/Education

    Costs: $115,000

    $154,000 raised

    134 percent raised of the $115,000 goal

    Karimu Board members and volunteers visiting Bacho Primary School in 2016 were shocked by the facilities.

    After bringing water to Bacho Primary School, Karimu could address the school facilities.  Bacho Primary had no electricity, the kitchen was a mud shack with an open fire on the floor, the latrines were indescribable. One of the cave-like classrooms was threatened by a wasps’ nest. None of the classrooms had adequate windows or doors. All featured cracked walls (from which bricks were falling) and floors, wobbly desks, and faded blackboards. In radical contrast, the rebuilt school will provide a clean and healthy learning environment.

    Expected benefits:

    • Increased enrollment
    • Higher attendance
    • Improved performance on national exam to qualify for secondary school
    • Reduction of disease

    Status: ongoing

    • Building 1 completed in June 2017
    • Building 2 completed in September 2017
    • Building 3 expected completion in February 2018
    • Kitchen, flush toilets, large sink with several water faucets for hand-washing: expected completion in June 2018

    Costs: $115,000 as follows:

    • Building 1 (three classrooms and one teachers’ office): $40,000
    • Building 2 (three classrooms and one teachers’ office): $25,000
    • Building 3 (three classrooms and one teachers’ office): $25,000
    • Kitchen, flush toilets, large sink with several water faucets for hand-washing: $25,000

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    Professional Development for Teachers

    Status:  ongoing

    Category: education

    Costs:  $5,400

    Government does not have the funds to support the professional development of teachers.

    Karimu provides opportunities for teachers to obtain diplomas or university degrees by funding 75% of education cost. This program started in 2011.

    Benefits:

    • Overall improvement in education as teachers learn better teaching methods
    • Increased retention of teachers

    Costs:  $5,400 as follows

    • $450 per teacher per year
    • Currently 12 teachers enrolled in the program

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    Education and Training for Midwives

    Status: ongoing

    Category: health

    Costs: $500 per year for clean birthing kits

    Midwives play a key role in improving health and sanitation in remote villages.

    Since 2010, Karimu has been educating midwives in pre-natal, post-natal care – an effort led by Dr. Susan Hughmanick, a Karimu board member. In that same year, KAMM (acronym for “Strong Health for Mothers and Children) Midwife group was formed so that midwives could support each other in their work.

    Benefits:

    • With education and the support of a group, women have better access to clean birth and education about care during pregnancy and for their infants

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    School Classes & Donation of School Material

    Status: ongoing

    Category: income/education

    Costs: Donations from volunteers

    Every year, Karimu organizes classes for students and donate material to all schools in the district.

    Children in Tanzania tend to have their visual art skills underdeveloped due to the lack of paper, coloring pencils, etc. So, every year, Karimu organize art classes for the students of all schools of the Ayalagaya district.  We also teach science, visual skills, and other subjects as well as sports. We take soccer, basket, and volley balls to Tanzania and organize sports competitions with the children of all villages. At the end of our school activities, all material is donated to the schools encouraging the kids to continue to practice these subjects.

    Benefits:

    • Help students address underdeveloped skills

     
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    Professional Development for Nurses

    Status:  ongoing

    Category: health

    Costs:  $1500

    Government does not have the funds to support the professional development of nurses.

    Karimu provides opportunities for nurses to obtain diplomas or university degrees by funding 75% of education cost. This program started in 2017.

    Benefits:

    • Overall improvement in health services

    Costs:  $1500 as follows

    • $750 per nurse per year
    • Currently there are two nurses enrolled in the program

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    Donation of Medical Supplies

    Status:  ongoing

    Category: health

    Costs:  $2,000

    Government does not have the funds to supply health clinics with equipment and sufficient medication.

    Karimu provides medical supplies to the Dareda Kati clinic and the midwives on a regular basis to complement what is received from the government.  This program started in 2010.

    Benefits:

    • Overall improvement in health services and broadening of the health services provided

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    Donation of Clothes for the Poorest Children

    Status:  ongoing

    Category: income

    Costs:  $500 per year plus donations from multiple volunteers

    Every year, Karimu provides clothing to the poorest children in the villages.

    The division of donated clothes is self organized by the villagers and is done according to the following priorities:

    1. Children with disabilities
    2. Orphans
    3. Children with other vulnerabilities   
    4. Children in foster families
    5. Children in elderly families
    6. Children in HIV groups  

    Benefits:

    • Life improvement to the poorest

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