The Isamilo communtiy consists of approximately 5,000 members and is located in a rural area near the shores of Lake Victoria, roughly 40 kilometers outside of the major city of Mwanza. Isamilo is one of several villages located in close proximity that together are known as the Idetemya Ward.

The first project within the community is to design and implement a sanitation facility at the Bulolambeshi Primary School. The school serves approximately 1,000 students and currently has only 6 toilets available for the students to use. These toilet facilities are in poor condition and regularly flood during the rainy season.  After the program team’s assessment trip in 2016, the project team researched and developed a comprehensive alternatives analysis to present possible sanitation solutions to the community. The community opted to proceed with urine diverting dehydration toilets as a sustainable solution. Through the provision of adequate sanitation facilities for the students, school staff and the surrounding communities will benefit from improved overall health, academic attendance, and sanitation habits.  The latest design for the sanitation facility can be viewed here: Bulolambeshi UDDT Design

The project team constructed the first set of latrines in February 2018.  We are currently fundraising for construction of a second set of latrines.  We also continue to monitor the performance of the first set of latrines with the assistance of the community and our local NGO partner.  We are always looking for motivated individuals with any level of experience that want to be a part of creating positive change for this community in Tanzania.  We could especially use any sanitation and/or structural engineers with five or more years of experience.  Anyone interested in helping out is encouraged to contact the program leads, Ben Averill (benaverill@gmail.com) and Aaron Girard, (aarongirard1003@gmail.com).


November 2015 – Tanzania Program officially approved by EWB-USA

April 2016 – Tanzania Team awarded $3,520 grant from 214 Philanthropic Foundation

July 2016 – 4 members of the Project Team traveled to Isamilo for the first assessment trip

November 2016 – Tanzania Team awarded $4000 grant from Bechtel Corporation

November 2016 – Isamilo Community chose urine diverting dehydration toilets as their preferred alternative

April 2017 – Tanzania Team awarded $7,500 grant from Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

April 2017 – Tanzania Team submitted their urine diverting dehydration toilets design to EWB-USA for review

June 2017 – Tanzania Team received technical approval from EWB-USA for their urine diverting dehydration toilets design.

August 2017 – Tanzania Team received approval from the Misungwi District Council for their urine diverting dehydration toilets design.

February 2018 – First Implementation trip, constructed one set of urine diverting dehydration toilets.

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Members of the Isamilo community attending a meeting hosted by EWB to discuss the proposed project
Members of the Isamilo community with EWB team members
The 2016 Assessment Trip team with the head teacher of the Bulolombeshi School
Malinda Reese, EWB Project Lead; Zach Swett, ASAP Liaison; and Mr. Shobani, Village Chairman present the Project Partnership Agreement signed by all three parties
The Idetemya Construction Committee with the EWB 2016 Assessment Trip team
Community members assist with the construction of test pits during the July 2016 Assessment Trip