On 11 February the Arusha Spouses’ Association (ASA) received a donation in the amount of $ 4,040 for the funding of a water point at the Sombetini Primary School in Arusha, Tanzania. A unique initiative facilitated by the Office of the Registrar, the donation was raised by Mechanism personnel. The Mechanism's Principals – President Theodor Meron, Prosecutor Hassan B. Jallow and Registrar John Hocking – were also present at the ceremony, and were delighted to have the opportunity to help the school.
MICT Registrar John Hocking stated that this important initiative provided “a wonderful opportunity to MICT Principals, Judges and staff to give back to the Arusha local community”.
The water point at a Sombetini Primary School will provide free access to clean water, primarily to children and women. The school has a student population of about 1,400 students and 40 teachers and depends on the urban water supply which is mostly unreliable.
Since its founding in 2004, the ASA has supported hundreds of community members in Arusha. In particular, the ASA has contributed to a number of projects related to improving access to water in and around Arusha by identifying, constructing, and equipping several water points as well as provision of equipment to the labour ward of a local hospital.