Following a suggestion of the Prosecutor of the Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), on 8 May 2013, the Registrar of the MICT hosted a meeting with members of the Arusha Spouses’ Association (ASA) who briefed him on the ASA local community development projects. The meeting was an opportunity to explore ways by which the MICT might support one of its projects, through voluntary donations from staff and officials.

The ASA brings together spouses of ICTR and MICT staff in their commitment to uplift the standard of living of local communities in and around Arusha. Since its founding in 2004, the ASA has contributed and implemented projects in various sectors, including health, education and provision of water. Most recently, the ASA has focused its efforts on improving access to water - a scarce resource for many communities in Arusha – by identifying, constructing, and equipping several water points throughout the area. The boreholes, dug manually and fitted with cost effective hand pumps, are located in public places ensuring that the water is accessible to the community free of charge.