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Project information

Ibinja Water and Sanitation/Hygiene Project

This project will ensure that for the first time the residents of all 8 villages on Ibinja Island will have access to safe water and appropriate sanitation, and so reducing waterborne diseases. This will achieved by the use of sustainable and environmentally technology.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: Tearfund

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  • Need


    On Ibinja Island there is no water supply system. People are dependent on either using the unsafe water from Lake Kivu or travelling to the mainland by boat. The time consumed sourcing water is highly unproductive and causing poor attendance with school children especially amongst girls. The use of unsafe water and poor sanitation is the basis of recurrent outbreaks of disease. 40% of children under five contract diarrhoea and there has been a recent 60% increase in cases of cholera.


    This project seeks to introduce the first safe water source to Ibinja. This will be provided through the drilling of boreholes and the use of solar powered submersible water pumps. This is a highly effective and sustainable method of supplying water in this environment. This increased access to water will be supported by a training programme on, improved sanitation and good hygiene practises. 8 management committees will be developed and trained to ensure the new systems are maintained.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increased access to a safe and reliable water source


    » Convene Leaders and Community meetings in the 8 villages for project awareness and acceptance.
    » Carry out the technical assessment, design and implementation of the new water source (including borehole and solar pumps).
    » Carry out the selection and training of 8 technicians who will operate and maintain the new water source.
    » Formation and training of 8 Water User Committees who will manage the new water source.

    What success will look like

    14,410 people access clean water; the distance to the water points reduced to 500m and time of fetching water reduced to 20 minutes.

    Aim 2

    Increased access to sanitation facilities.


    » Carry out community meetings to agree on the sanitation technology options to be selected according to the nature of the land and soil.
    » Carry out training of the 8 village committees on the construction, proper use and management of sanitation facilities.
    » Procurement and distribution of 8 village sanitation kits.
    » Provide technical support, monitoring and follow up on construction of household sanitation facilities.

    What success will look like

    80% increase of latrine and other sanitation coverage. Increase environmental cleanliness and make the villages free from open defecation.

    Aim 3

    Increase knowledge on good hygiene practises


    » Carry out the selection and 5 training sessions for the 8 local facilitators.
    » Carry out 6 training sessions with each of the communities on good hygiene practices.
    » Procurement of materials for the initial and ongoing training of good hygiene practices.
    » Carry out initial and final Knowledge, Attitude and Practise Survey in order to assess the success of the project.

    What success will look like

    80% increase in knowledge on good hygiene practises (e.g. washing hands, personal and environmental hygiene).

  • Impact


    This project will significantly reduce waterborne diseases. With better health and without the need spend time collecting water, villagers can spend more time on productive activities, such as income production. Children will be able attend school more regularly, which will in turn give them more opportunities for the future. Also the safety of especially women and girls will be assured as they will no longer have to travel long distance to fetch water and visit sanitation facilities.


    This is an election year in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and so there is a possibility that there could be disruption to the project. Tearfund has put in place mechanisms to empower the community well in advance so that they participate in the implementation of the project and if Tearfund staff have to be evacuated the project can continue by being remotely managed to its conclusion.


    A six monthly and annual report will be produced, and will be made available for donors. The information for the targeted improvements in this project will collected by conducting a Knowledge, Attitude and Practice survey to be carried out at the start and at the conclusion of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £36,364 Material procurement costs Including Solar panels, water tanks, pipeline and tap stands
      £20,606 Construction costs Including , bore hole, tanks and stand pipes
      £11,938 Training and hygiene promotion Training of technicians, water users and village committees, including materials
      £17,092 Staffing and Support costs Including project salaries and fringe benefits of staff, and transport costs by vehicles and by boat
      £14,000 Tearfund UK core costs Including governance, central salaries and advocacy.
  • Background


    Ibinja is an island within Lake Kivu situated in the country of Democratic Republic of Congo. A country that has been racked by decades of war and instability. The total population of Ibinja is 14,410 people. The area is hilly, with deep red soils and scattered vegetation. The inhabitants are mainly Kiavu speaking people. The main economic livelihood for more than 95% of the community is farming and fishing. The remaining are small scale business people.


    This project will benefit 14,410 inhabitants (men, women, girls and boys) of Ibinja, especially the 2,256 under 5 year old residents of Ibinja who are especially at risk from waterborne diseases. There are 8 villages on the Island, led by a village chief .

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Tearfund has been working in international development for over 40 years. We have been working in South Kivu since the year 2000. Tearfund has used solar powered water source systems throughout the world. We are currently implementing a WASH project in another part of South Zivu which is being funded by UNICEF. This means that we already have the support staff and equipment for implementing this project in the area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Henry Mugassa – Area Manager South Kivu

    Henry has worked on WASH projects for 15 years in a variety of countries. His experience will ensure a high quality standard in this project.

    Moses Tanui - WASH Programme Manager

    Moses experience in WASH projects over 5 years. He has successfully completed two similar supply schemes.

    Nathanael Hollands - WASH National Coordinator Based In The Country Office

    Nathanael will be responsible for ensuring the project meets Tearfund’s WASH standards. He has many years experience in this area.