In many rural villages in the Dodoma region of Tanzania, there is no clean water, and getting an adequate supply is the primary concern of the villagers, particularly during the dry season which lasts 8 months. In the village of Mkutani, the only source of water is a small stream, which is salty and is also used by animals. In Mapinduzi, the villagers dig wells in the bed of a river when it goes dry after the rains finish. The poor water is a great detriment to health, & obtaining water takes significant effort or money.
Water source, shared with animals
We are focusing our work in two villages in the Dodoma region of Tanzania-Mapinduzi and Mkutani. We will initially target cost-effective, quick-to-build water supplies in both villages. This includes sand-dams for community use, and rainwater catchment systems for school and dispensary use. We also plan to train villagers on household rainwater catchment, storage, filtration and solar disinfection. An initial assessment trip in March 2012 was well received, with broad engagement from both villages’ residents, village council members, regional and national government leaders and local NGO’s.
20 L water = 1 hour walk
We will build on the solid foundation we’ve created and are planning our next trip now. Deep wells & water distribution systems are the next level of water supply. We plan to assist district governments with their technical designs, support villagers to form co-operatives for various purposes, train individuals in business development and help them to obtain loans. We hope to encourage adoption of domestic solar power, cook-stoves, and decent latrines. We will collaborate with these villages for many years, aiming to empower & ensure that they maintain all improvements they make.
Meeting to discuss water, solar & health projects.
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Spring fed water source
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