Nelio to help out in Tanzania

Mercury Distribution Account Sales Manager Nelio de Freitas will soon be flying out to Tanzania as part of the Jersey Overseas Aid Community Work Project 2018 in partnership with Raleigh International.

Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world, where just one in six of the population have access to safe and clean sanitation facilities. With water contamination prevalent, cholera outbreaks and diarrhoea transmission are common. Simple handwashing with soap can make a huge difference, yet 84% of Tanzania's schools do not have functional handwashing facilities.

In rural Morogoro District alone, sanitation and hygiene facilities such as gender-specific latrines and handwashing stations are almost entirely absent from Primary Schools.

The overall purpose of the JOA and Raleigh International project is to build the water and sanitation infrastructure (latrines and washrooms) for a primary school, providing safe and sustainable water sanitation and hygiene facilities for 1800 children in the Morogoro region of Tanzania.

As a JOA Community Work Project Volunteer, Nelio will be working alongside project partners including the Kilombero District Council and staff from the Department of Work and Education to help deliver the construction of new school sanitation blocks including hand washing facilities. They also aim to setup SWASH clubs (Schools Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) which help raise awareness of safe hygiene behaviours.

The project runs from 30th June to 25th July. Mercury are delighted to have had the opportunity to sponsor Nelio on this very important and rewarding project and we wish him and all the other team volunteers the very best of luck. Updates to follow.

Click here for more information on Jersey Overseas Aid and Raleigh International

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Michael Robinson

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