After the success of our last clean-water well project in Tanzania, we decided to build another.
This project will bring water to Lalambe village in western Tanzania, where there are 16,000 people in 4 hamlets.
Currently, the 1300 people in the Nyamnyinya hamlet need to fetch their water from Ruchugi stream 5km away. Walking to and from the stream, queuing for water, then carrying it back home can take over three hours a day.
This is a self-help scheme. The local community members provide most of the labour, but as they lack the cash for materials and equipment hire, we will cover the cost.
The technology (shallow wells with rope hand pumps) is low-cost, simple, and easy to maintain, and there is a proven local project management system run by a local representative who lives nearby, Benedicto Hosea, and his youth organisation MVG (Eyes of the Youth).
Access to water is a huge issue in many villages in Tanzania, meaning people (usually women and girls) spend many hours a day carrying it many miles, often from dirty ponds shared with animals. Valuable time is lost each day to fetching water, meaning less time for girls to study and less time for women to engage in income-generating activity. Girls are also at risk of attack when they are walking home alone and the consumption of dirty water is particularly harmful to children as their immune systems are weaker.
A local representative, Benedicto Hosea, who has lived in this area all his life, has perfected a technique whereby local youth use simple equipment to hand drill down to the water table over several days and then install a rope pump they have made themselves. This means the pump can be maintained by the villagers.
Bringing water to Nyamnyinya will allow girls to spend much more time on their studies, and so improve their educational performance and long term prospects. It will also enable local women to improve their farms and start small businesses with the time they will save. It will also have long term positive impacts on the health of over 1300 people, particularly children who are currently at particular risk of water-borne diseases.