SAVE THE RAIN INC via Crowdrise
August 10, 2010
BENEFITING: SAVE THE RAIN INC
This village has a population of 4,000 and yet only 400 children attend the Mstombogo Primary School. As the search for Tanzanite becomes more and more difficult, the risk to children increases drastically. We fear that parents are sending their children to go hunt for Tanzanite instead of sending them to school. Though it is our belief that an education is invaluable, in mining villages, it is essential for schools to provide something more enticing than scholastics alone. Once clean drinking water is available at the school, we hope to see a significant increase in enrollment. It is what makes this project so important-not only will the presence of a large scale rain catchment system provide clean drinking water- it will also provide the inspiration to get children to attend school.
Three major rivers converge just uphill from this community, so flooding is a serious issue. Each time it rains heavily, it is common for there to be 2 to 3 feet of standing water throughout the entire village including the school. Each time it floods, the school must shut its doors until the flooding subsides and the damage to the classrooms can be repaired. There is no education about flood-tolerant crops, so malnutrition is visually apparent. Probably the worst affects of the floods are the guaranteed cholera and typhoid outbreaks that follow. The equation of severe poverty and illnesses that require 6 months worth of medication can prove to be fatal.
Our objective is to build a 120,000 liter rainwater harvesting tank on the Mstombogo primary school. Because of the extreme flooding, we are going to engineer systems that will have at least 3 feet of foundation. This guarantees that the tap stations are always well above the flood waters so that the rainwater cannot become contaminated. We will also be orchestrating a community Earthworks project. This work will educate the villagers on flood control, infiltration and diversion tactics. The goal will be to divert the water away from residences and common gathering places at the same time as enriching the soil moisture to increase their crop yield. Because rainwater harvesting is naturally sustainable but always sight specific, we need to increase our budget for this project to accommodate the flooding circumstances. We are asking for your help. These children are juggling so many of life’s obstacles. Together, we can turn the challenges into opportunities that will improve their lives.