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UN Tanzania Chief visits projects in Zanzibar

Focus: Water and Sanitation projectsto ‘Leave No one Behind’ The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez visits the island in a continuation and expansion of UNDP-supported projectsin Unguja and Pemba. Marking his tenth visit to Zanzibar, the UN Chief made several stops in Unguja, to seeseveral water-access projects as well as an environmental conservation project. Mr. Rodriguez is also expected to visit schools in both Pemba and Unguja to assess their facilities ahead of an upcomingwater and sanitation project which will involve ten schools. 
The three-day field visit in Zanzibar is part of UN efforts to monitor projects and meet beneficiaries in communities. In Unguja, Mr. Rodriguez visited a USD 90,000 water project in KijwajuniConstituency, Zanzibar Town, where the lives of over 25,000 people have improved through the project which facilitates access to clean water. 
He later visiteda USD 50,000 UNDP-supported Community Based Conservation Project in Kajengwa, Makunduchi. The conservation project has helped over 15,000 people, mostly women, who previously depended on firewood for cooking. They now have access to more efficient cooking stoves. The project supported the community in planting over 100,000 trees in the area and established 200 beehives which have helped improve nutrition and provide additional income. UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Alvaro Rodriguez (front right) and Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and founder of Tanzania Youth Icon, Hon. Hamad Masauni join local community members in listening to a presentation on the first phase of the UNDP water project.The water and the conservation projects have been running for several years and now that the first phase have been successfully implemented, both projects will be scaled-up. Each project is set to receive USD 50,000 this year through the UNDP Small Grants Programme to begin implementation of phase two. On Friday and Saturday, the UN Chief will also visit a number of schools where UN agencies, namely UNICEF and UNDP, are set to begin Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects later this year. These WASH projects will cover ten schools. Of these ten schools,the ones that will be visited include Mkwajuni Secondary School in Kaskazini, Unguja and Wingwi Primary School in Micheweni District, Pemba.