Julius, Juma and Milinga, from pit emptying company Umawa, Tanzania (En, Fr, Es, Pt) | WaterAid
My name is Julius Chisengo. I was born in the region of Morogoro. I am 49 years old. I am a sanitation worker. My work is dealing with the liquid waste from toilets. I feel good about my work because many people who do this work are feeling stigma around it, but then, who will do this work if everyone feels this way? But for me I have decided to do this job and now my two children can study I have rented my house and I can pay because of this job I like this job because it is different from other jobs, there is always work available In this job if you don’t care about your health you will be in trouble. Honestly, I care about the safety equipment. I protect myself even when the job is finished, I wash my hands properly The clothes I use for the job remain at work and then I change clothes for when I go home. I am wash the clothes at the office, not home After finishing I bathe, and then after washing, I go home When I was working in Temeke, during that time I was not given enough education on the job I stepped on the slab, but it had worn out so I fell down and broke my leg. Until now I have metal in my leg because of this incident! My name is Juma Ng’ombo, I live in Temeke Municipal I am 52 years old, and a sanitation worker. I chose this job myself because my father did this work I learnt from him until I was able to do the job myself, I saw that this job can help me improve my life. When we are collecting the liquid waste we protect ourselves by wearing gloves, boots, masks, and we use sanitiser Those who are doing this work illegally have big challenges because they are not using anything to protect themselves, they are using oil lamps when working at night, they are getting sick Not like us who have the right equipment. But the frogmen are digging then emptying and using oil lamps, not after long they are getting sick, and some die. My name is Milinga Mathias, I am the Director of UMAWA (Uhai wa Mazingira na watu). I am running a sanitation business in Kigamboni Municipal (Dar es Salaam) I started my business in 2010, the state of the environment was bad because there was no business or sanitation services in the area, there were diseases and people were getting sick from things like cholera For the local pit emptiers, there are many challenges. The first one is skills which they have, and the equipment they have, and they do not have the protective clothing. And the general environment they are working in is very dangerous. We have a long distance from where we take the waste, to where we come to dispose of it. So we need to extend and get another treatment plant where we discharge the waste, which is closer to customers. On the side of the municipals, where they can help us is the issue of the management of policies, the sanitation by-laws which help protect the environment. They need to keep pushing people and reminding them about the by-laws that state that you have to get your pit latrine emptied properly. Organisations like WaterAid and Borda, Universities, and other big organisations they can help us in areas of skills and education for innovation and research but also in the start up phase, we don’t have a big bank that is giving money for sanitation.