BENEFITING: Salinas Rodeo Rotary Club Foundation
EVENT DATE: Oct 05, 2016
MAJI SALAMA (SAFE WATER) PROJECT: JOIN ROTARIANS AND THE CORRAL-SAN BENANCIO-ROBLEY ROAD “IN THE LOOP” PUBLICATION TO PROVIDE A CLEAN WATER WELL FOR THE FARMING COMMUNITY OF BARAKI AND ST CONSOLATA SCHOOL IN TANZANIA, AFRICA.
HUMAN BEINGS AND ANIMALS GET WATER FROM THE SAME polluted SOURCE!
The project will be funded through a Rotary International Global Grant, so EVERY DOLLAR contributed will be matched 2.5 times.
Background information: The high quality St. Consolata Parochial School is located in Baraki, a remote farming village where more than 95% of the children do not make it to secondary schools due to the low quality of education which they get from government schools in the area.
Clean water is a basic need that is not available for the school or the local community. The nearest source of water is a small dam that gets its water from the open plains during rainy seasons. The water is full of all sorts of dirt, germs, animal and human waste, and parasites, making it unsuitable for human consumption; but that is all they have. Some people walk for miles to Lake Victoria, to bring one bucket of water (5 gallons; 40 lbs), which is also highly contaminated.
Drilling a clean water well will provide the school and the surrounding community with clean water. This will reduce water related diseases, which is one of the major challenges for the school and the local community.
1. Clean water will improve health of all the community. The children will be able to concentrate on studies and the villagers will be more productive.
2. They will not have to walk long distances for water, and be able use that time for more productive chores (economic betterment).
3. The clean water will be sold at affordable prices to the community. The profit from the water will maintain the well and help fund the school.
4. Poverty in the area has resulted in a custom of selling little girls as young as toddlers as child brides in exchange for livestock or money (a “dowrey to the family). The parents (especially mothers; some of whom were once child brides and deprived of education) are convinced that education will help end this tradition and other poverty-driven practices.
Management of the Water Project: The Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa who run the school will also be in charge of the water project. A management committee composed of citizens, nuns, and a school board member will oversee the maintenance and management of the well, equipment, and operations.
Cost: The Rotarians are working with MajiTech in Kenya, a reputable Well Drilling Company to install a solar-powered water pump. The company has given estimates for the work at the cost of $57,000. Part of the cost of the well involves training local people to maintain the mechanical aspects of the well.
Please get involved: The local "In The Loop" Publication is reaching out to the community, providing an opportunity to individuals, families, businesses, clubs/associations to be part of this project through contributions. The local Corral de Tierra Rotary Club is partnering with a Rotary Club in Tanzania to give more local expertise.
Timeline: The final amount needed to be raised locally is $2,000. The target for drilling is September 2017 but the funds are needed now. All of the technical pieces are in place – drilling operators, a well drilling engineer, management staff for the Immaculate Heart sisters of Africa, and local people who have been trained in machinery maintenance. How to contribute: We invite you to be part of this project. Corral de Tierra Rotary’s USA Tax ID is 26-1211763.