Community Training and the Rehabilitation of Kibana River Banks and Water Sources in Matombo, Morogoro Rural District, Morogoro Region.
Community Training and the Rehabilitation of Kibana River Banks and Water Sources in Matombo, Morogoro Rural District, Morogoro Region.
Context/Project Rationale:

Morogoro Rural District is one of 8 administrative districts in Morogoro region with an area of
19,056 square kilometres. The district total population – as of 2012 – was 286,248 (URT,
2012). Altogether there are six administrative divisions in the district, which are Mvuha,
Ngerengere, Mkuyuni, Mikese, Bwakila and Matombo.

The population currently for both Kisemu and Mtombozi wards is estimated at 21,182 people,
according to figures supplied by WEOs in the jurisdictions. Kisemu ward has a population of
9,237 of which 4365 are male and 4862 are female with the number of households standing
at 2,310; whereby in Mtombozi ward the population stands at 11,945 people with 5940 male
and 6005 female, while the number of households is 2,987.

In Matombo division, there exists an all season river called Kibana serving about 3,500 out of
5,297 total number of households in both Kisemu and Mtombozi households with clean piped
water in Mtombozi and Kisemu wards. There is also a natural spring water source at Mtamba
in Kisemu ward, which the community dwellers who are not connected to the piped water
network / intake uses for domestic and agricultural purposes.

Water catchment areas, rivers and forests in Morogoro Rural have been and are being
threatened by uncontrolled deforestation, degradation and conversion to other types of land
uses. This is influenced by increasing human needs, agricultural expansion and
environmentally harmful mismanagement, including for example, overgrazing, illegal fishing,
bushfires and unsustainable commercial logging.

Majority of the local communities are subsistence farmers. Due to lack of modern agricultural
inputs and implements, agricultural production is low. As a result, poverty levels are high.

Farmers have continued to encroach on both the river banks and the natural spring
to support their daily domestic and economic activities. Deforestation through tree-cutting and
fires in Morogoro Rural district has enormously increased bare landscape, hence increased
soil degradation and micro climate changes. This is due to the fact that forest clearing
reduces the land / soil water retention capacity hence reduced infiltration rate and as a result
that leads into increased overland flows and ultimately loss of soil / plant nutrients.

Need for urgent action to conserve the natural spring and the river banks by cordoning off the
water sources using live fence including the use of barbed wire.

The two water sources are a big relief to women in accessing safe and clean water

About the Proponent:

• Community Health Initiative for Development is a national non-governmental organization. The organization is working to assist in the improvement of community livelihoods through implementation of various social economic programs and strategies.
• The proponent’s head office is located at Kiwanja Ndege, Kiswanya “B” Street, House No 84. Block A, Morogoro with operations in several districts of the Morogoro region.
• The organisation has been working closely with Morogoro Rural District Council since 2017
• The organisation’s mission is to facilitate implementation of equitable access to effective health care; community economic empowerment; conserving the environment and addressing climate change challenges; for sustainable development.

Project Objective:

The overall objective of the project is to train key stakeholders in managing water sources, river banks and forest resources in Mtombozi and Kisemu wards.

Secondary Objectives:

• To train 100 villagers who live and farm close to the water sources including that of Kisemu natural spring and its attendant water intake downstream
• To enforce existing regulations to restrict human activities at least 60 metres from water sources
• To put a live fence around the water sources and river banks to prevent encroachment and contamination

Project Snapshot

Community Health Initiative for Development
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 13,780.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 2,756.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 433.00
Project Number:
Currently under execution

SGP Country office contact

Faustine Donald Ninga


UNDP P.O. Box 9182
Dar es Salaam, Dar es salaam Region, 255-22