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Iramba District School Water Project - Tanzania

Iramba District School Water Project - Tanzania

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Iramba District School Water Project - TanzaniaLocation
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Xxxxxxxxxx, Iramba District, Singida, Tanzania

Community Description
Most members of the community are subsistence farmers.

Xxxxxxxxxx Secondary School is in the Iramba District of the Singida Region.

Xxxxxxxxxx is also home to 4 schools – 2 secondary schools, 1 primary school, and a primary school teacher’s college. Xxxxxxxxxx Secondary School serves all secondary students in the Xxxxxxxxxx ward.

Problem Addressed
There is no source of water on campus. The school currently gets water from the community pump which is a 20-minute walk from the school. These trips to retrieve water take time away from other school activities, especially class time. Fetching water is often a disciplinary action, which causes students to miss more than a period of instruction.

Iramba District School Water Project - TanzaniaProject Description
This project is to build a rainwater catchment system at the school.

Rainwater collection gutters will be installed on 3 buildings. A concrete base will be built near each building, upon which a plastic tank will be placed. Piping will connect the gutters to the tanks, resulting in a total capacity to store 18,000 liters of water.

The project committee consist of Gunda Gunda, the head of school, the chair of the school board, the Peace Corps Volunteer, Liberia Kawishe, the second master Mr. Ngagilo, and the academic master Everst Mponzi.

The community will contribute 25% of the total project cost, in cash from parents and the community and in labor.

Project Impact
575 people will benefit from the project.

Iramba District School Water Project - TanzaniaPeace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
J. Juran

Monitoring and Maintenance
The school maintenance committee will be responsible for the proper use, maintenance, and repairs of gutters and tanks after installation, and will cover all costs.

This project is sustainable because gutters and tanks require low maintenance, and no additional training is necessary for the school to take on these responsibilities.

Comments
This is an excellent, cost-effective project, which will provide water on campus, and significantly reduce loss of instruction time due to fetching water.

Fundraising Target
$2,350

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date
$260

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Mbeya Clinic and School Water Project - Tanzania

Mbeya Clinic and School Water Project - Tanzania

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Mbeya Clinic and School Water Project - TanzaniaLocation
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Xxxxxxxx, Mbeya district, Mbeya, Tanzania

Community Description
The community of Xxxxxxxx is located in the region of Mbeya. The population is 1,500 people, 740 females and 760 males. A high percentage of this population is composed of children; HIV and other illnesses have had devastating effects, leaving 200 orphans to be cared for by other family. A staggering 25% of the population is under 18.

The Xxxxxxxx clinic is responsible for the care of the 1,500 community members as well as surrounding communities. In total, the Xxxxxxxx clinic serves over 4,000 people, and the school’s 250 students.

The community members, despite their issues, are always kind and welcoming to all people, and it is a very peaceful environment. There is little to no crime in the community. The community consists of hard workers: farmers and pastoralist who sell their goods in a nearby town. They always love to talk to people about where they are from, teach them tribal greetings, and overall just sit down and have a good laugh.

Problem Addressed
Xxxxxxxx is a poor community where easy access to clean water is a serious problem. It is also a particular issue for the health clinic and school as the closest water source, a river, is about a 5-km walk. This hurts the already vulnerable young and sick community members.

During dry Season, these already small rivers become more scarce and farther away. Many villagers having to walk an hour or more to the river in the village over. The path conditions to the water are also dangerous and dirty, often on a road with speeding buses, cars and motorcycles that cover the people they pass in dirt or mud. This dirt has been getting into the lounges of the children causing high respiratory infections in the village.

Besides the issue of distance, this water is highly contaminated as it has run through the mountains, farm land with manure and pesticides, as well as living quarters, adding human contamination.

Community members suffer from various illnesses, caused or worsened by the lack of sanitary water, making it a struggle to recover and stay healthy. For example, one community member recently died due to dehydration while working his field. Approximately 100 children a year are treated for dehydration due to diarrhea; half of those are school-age children who miss school, hurting their education and health. Cases of typhoid and cholera have also been reported in the village due to unsanitary conditions of the water.Mbeya Clinic and School Water Project - Tanzania

Due to scarcity of water, washing hands is rarely practiced, leading to increased illness in the village. The village health clinic and school also do not have access to clean drinking water or cleaning water.

Young students are often tasked with the chore of fetching water, distracting them from school work and hurting their ability to succeed. The only investment in a water system has been private, for use as farmland irrigation.

Project Description
This project is to build a piping system to provide safe water for the clinic, the school, and the community at large.

Uncontaminated water will be piped from a spring at the top of the mountain (750 meters above the community) to the health clinic, school, and community office. The PVC piping will be 2 ½ inches in diameter, and will run 2,011 meters down rugged terrain of the mountainside. The piping will be buried in some tougher areas by the community members, but in most areas it will be weighed down using buried cement blocks created by a local carpenter.

It will take an estimated two weeks to complete all the installation of the pipes. Some committee members will be present while the work is being done in order to ensure quality and to answer any questions by the contractor. The project committee will be responsible for purchasing of the pipes, stands, faucets, cement, and connectors, and delivery to the contractor.

Once the installation is complete, the project committee will hold a community meeting with the nurse to teach people about sanitation of the water, and good hygiene practices now that water is more accessible.

Water Charity funding will be used for materials and skilled labor. The community will pay for transport of materials, local materials, and unskilled labor.

The work will be coordinated by the project committee, which includes town leader Paulo JoJo, Peirs Masalamwez, Anastazia Daniel, Yassin Ibilahim, Teacher Issa Hassan, Jerimiah Francis, Suzani Shanbo, Jane Julius, Lidia Edson and the PCV.

Mbeya Clinic and School Water Project - TanzaniaProject Impact
4,000 people will benefit from the project

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
E. Anthony

Monitoring and Maintenance
The contractor lives in the village, and will inspect the installation monthly. If anything unexpected happens, he will be able to help without having to wait for an outside contractor. This contractor has past experience with installing piping systems from the top of the mountain, and knows how to fix issues with the PCV piping, such as holes, connection problems, or animal interference.

The clinic’s records from the previous years will be used to measure changes in water-related health issues; these records show age, gender, issue, and time of visit. School records will be used to compare student absences and performance in previous years with those after the completion of the project.

Comments
This project will decrease the incidence of illness due to lack of clean water. This will decrease the amount time missed from school due to diarrhea, improve daily hydration, and decrease the amount time missed from school due to fetching water.

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor. Please donate to our East Africa Water & Sanitation Program

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Conclusion of Likarangilo Pump Rehab Project - Tanzania

Conclusion of Likarangilo Pump Rehab Project - Tanzania

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Alyssa Sajady. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to rehabilitate four water pumps located throughout the village.

A summary of Alyssa’s report is as follows:

Conclusion of Likarangilo Pump Rehab Project - TanzaniaThe scope of the Likarangilo Water Pump Rehabilitation Project was to repair four out of the total six water pumps throughout the community that were no longer functioning properly. This had long been a priority project for the community, but they were lacking the direction and financial support up until the involvement of Peace Corps and Water Charity.

The village government, the water committee of Likarangilo, and the Peace Corps Volunteer worked together with water engineers from Handei Tanzania to identify the various repairs that each of the four water pumps needed, and the total cost to repair the four water pumps amounted to 7,648,000 Tanzanian Shillings (TZS).

Over the next 8 months of mobilization and planning, the community successfully raised their contribution of two million TZS, while Water Charity generously provided the remaining funds. Once the project was fully funded, arrangements were made for Handei Tanzania to repair the water pumps over a span of two days. The water committee members, the counterparts of the volunteer, dedicated community members, and the PCV herself supervised and assisted with the repairs, which consisted of the following:

Pump # 1: A deep cleaning was done to remove dirt and increase the depth by two meters, from 27 to 29 meters. Ten tubes, through which water is pumped up from the water table, were replaced.

Pump #2: The well was cleaned, completely removing all sludge blocking the water path. The depth was increased by five meters (from 27 to 32 meters), and three tubes were replaced.

Conclusion of Likarangilo Pump Rehab Project - TanzaniaPump #3: The existing water pump handle was repaired by soldering the pieces of metal that were damaged and replaced rubber band parts within the pump. This well was also cleaned to completely remove sludge blocking the path of water flow.

Pump #4: The well was cleaned to remove sludge and the depth increased by two meters (from 27 to 29 meters), and six tubes were replaced.

After two days of repairs, all water pumps that were worked on successfully yielded clean and potable water. A meeting was held shortly after with the water committee and village government to discuss how the project went, sustainability of the project by collecting contributions of 2,000 TZS from each household monthly, as well as a lesson plans for conserving water and how to properly care for the water pumps. These short lessons will be presented to each sub-village over the upcoming months.

We are grateful to Alyssa for completing this important project.

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Shule ya Tanga Borehole and Water System Project - Tanzania

Shule ya Tanga Borehole and Water System Project - Tanzania

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Shule ya Tanga Borehole and Water System Project - TanzaniaLocation
Shule ya Tanga, Songea district, Ruvuma Region, Tanzania

Community Description
Shule ya Tanga is located in Songea district, Ruvuma region on the Njombe road (B4 road). Its entirety is composed of a little more than 9,000 people and has multiple sub-villages to give a total of 15,000 people in the ward. Shule ya Tanga is comprised of a primary and secondary school along with a clinic that has one primary doctor, and four nurses.

Problem Addressed
The 9,000+ inhabitants of Shule ya Tanga consistently struggle with acquiring enough water for daily household use. There are only a few wells in the village, along with a small river, that often lack water.

During the months of June to December, families endure great strain of trying to obtain clean water. During these months, Shule ya Tanga experiences an extreme heat wave that causes all wells to dry up completely, except for possibly one or two wells still containing water. Even then, the water is brown, dirty and unusable. The small river that is located by the secondary school also begins to slowly evaporate, and can no longer support both schools and the village.

Due to the lack of access to clean water, women will begin washing their clothes in the river, and children will try to escape the heat by playing and swimming in it, causing the small remainder of the river water to dirty, and become unusable.

The existing water structures do not supply enough water for each individual to get at least one 20 L bucket a day. Women and children have to walk close to a mile or more to fetch water from the existing well or climb a very steep hill to get water from the river.

The Water Committee, with previous community funding, has tried digging more wells throughout the village, with the idea that there will be more access to water, but unfortunately, these wells have also been susceptible to the hot sun, and dry up during the dry months of June-December. They have tried doing a water catchment system, but since it only rains for 4-5 months a year, the water does not last for the rest of the year.

Shule ya Tanga Borehole and Water System Project - TanzaniaProject Description
This project is to dig a borehole at the spring, add a 10,000L storage tank, and install a piping system, supported by a solar pump, to provide water for the village.

The Spring Water Development Project Committee has recruited community members to assist in digging trenches throughout the north part of the village. With hired engineers, an intricate piping system will be installed and powered by a solar generator. This will bring water to 10 separate stations placed throughout the north side of the village.

Due to much of the construction being done by hand, the project will take three months to complete. The community will contribute 29% of the project amount.

2,000 TZS will be collected from every person over the age of 18, and about 35 men have been chosen to help dig trenches, and lay pipes in the ground. This project will reach the north side of Shule ya Tanga, which consists of a population number of 4,500 people, and contains both the primary and secondary schools as well as the health clinic.

Once the project successfully brings the north side of Shule ya Tanga 10,000 L of water per day, a future project will be undertaken to bring water to the south side of the village.

Through talking to a variety of engineers, the Water Committee and the community leaders have compared and conducted price checks to receive the best possible prices for all the necessary materials. This village is very motivated and would like to see this project finished.

The Water Committee along with hired workers has started cleaning the spring (clearing away large grasses, shortening tree branches, and adding a fence around the location of the spring), and has set a schedule for once a month, to continue maintenance of the spring.

Kristen Hansen - TanzaniaA bore hole will be drilled no more than five feet away from the spring and a 10,000 L storage tank will be added. The spring water will be redirected through the bore hole to continuously fill the storage tank and to ensure the quantity of water being passed.

Trenches will be excavated with a depth of 100 cm and 60 cm wide and pipes will be carefully laid and fitted throughout these trenches for about 2.5 miles.

A solar-powered generator will be installed near the water storage tank to help the consistency and pressure of the water while it is passed through the pipes.

Engineers will install one tap every hundred yards, for about 2.5 miles, including both school grounds and the health clinic, making a total of 10 taps.

The water from the spring will be made safe for drinking with the help of chlorinated tables called Water Guard. Water Guard will be added every few months/year, to maintain the purity.

Project Impact
4,500 people will benefit from safe water as a result of the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Kristen Hansen

Monitoring and Maintenance
The Water Committee has set an effective timeline for the project, to keep the project on track. The village has formed a sub-committee that is designated for this project alone, and each member has a designated role, that he or she will be responsible for. This includes a project leader (Mr. Patrick Mkanula), a secretary (Mr. James Lipala), an accountant/bookkeeper (Ms. Gelewada Mbawala), an elder adviser (Mr. Benedicto Liloka), and multiple people who are in charge of collecting the community contribution, as well as advising the project leader (Ms. Isabela Tindwa, Mr. Emanuel Milinga, Mr. Inocent Kapinga, and Mr. Jafethi Jumapili).

This committee will remain intact until this project is finished, and will continue the maintenance, as well as fix any problems that may occur in the future. They have agreed to meet the last Wednesday of every month to talk about the project’s effectiveness, continuance and any problems that are being faced.

The committee will also hold “town meetings” every 6 months to inform community members of the continuation of the water project and to hear any problems the community members are having with the new water system. By establishing this project, the Water Committee, and the new sub-Water Committee have learned the proper ways of budgeting and implementing a sustainable project. They have acquired the knowledge that is needed to successfully run a water project and to continue to expand in the future.

The engineers, who have developed the project, will advise and work closely with local engineers and hired workers of the village to excavate trenches, and will help/teach them how to fix any problems, should they occur. The workers and local engineers, along with the Water Committee, will continue to evaluate and monitor the project, after it is finished.

Comments
The increased accessibility to water will give 4,500 villagers more free time to develop private economic endeavors, to study, and/or to improve agricultural production. Access to better quality water, will lower the cases of diarrhea, and other waterborne illnesses.

Let Girls Learn Plus
This is a project that we have categorized as Let Girls Learn Plus.  While not a formal part of the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn program, it has the same goals, objectives, and methodologies, so we have included it under our Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide. Due to the fact that it takes many hours to fetch water, women and children do not have the time to finish homework, study, or start economic activities. This project will allow women and children to have more time doing beneficial activities and to work more on their school work.

With the improved access to clean water, children will have the much-needed time that is required to finish school work and to study. Women will have the opportunity to start economic projects and have more time on their farms creating larger agricultural output.

Fundraising Target
$5,300

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date
$5,300

Dollar Amount Needed

$0 - This project has been funded through the generosity of the G3 Foundation, of Costa Mesa, CA, USA with help from an anonymous donor.

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Likarangilo Pump Rehab Project - Tanzania

Likarangilo Pump Rehab Project - Tanzania

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Likarangilo Pump Rehab Project - TanzaniaLocation
Likarangilo Village, Songea DC, Ruvuma Region, Tanzania

Community Description
Likarangilo is located in the southwest region of Ruvuma in Tanzania. It is situated on a main road, just 45 minutes from the regional capital of Songea. There are a total of 2,984 villagers who live throughout Likarangilo, and identify with various tribes throughout Tanzania. Overall, it is a very diverse village with many religions, customs, and even a variety of food and weather patterns.

Likarangilo experiences four seasons throughout the year; heavy rains from January to March, light rains from April to May, winter from June until September, and hot dry weather from October until December. With each season brings different crops, foods, and living conditions.

For example, during the heavy rainy season Likarangilo has many mangoes and many people find it difficult to do work due to the rain. During the light rainy season there are many pumpkins and potatoes, and people are starting to harvest foods from their gardens and farms. With the hot summer, there is a lot of sugar cane, a lack of water, and people spend much of their time fetching water at nearby rivers and small lakes.

Overall, the diversity in people, seasons, food and resources make Likarangilo an exciting and wonderful place to live.

Problem Addressed
Likarangilo faces many issues throughout the year surrounding health, sanitation, and food security. During the short rainy season, water is more abundant as villagers can catch rainwater at their homes, but food becomes scarcer, people wait for the upcoming harvesting season, and heavy flooding hinders productivity and work. The burden of gastrointestinal diseases and skin infection also increases during this short rainy season.

During the long dry season, many of the on-site wells and water pumps are depleted and villagers are left to fetch water at rivers and lakes located outside of village, which are heavily polluted and not a safe source for potable water, leading to an increased risk for waterborne diseases and gastrointestinal illnesses.

Likarangilo Pump Rehab Project - TanzaniaAs the village is situated on the busy highway, women and children who live in the sub-villages without functioning water pumps are required to cross this busy highway throughout the day and into the night, placing them at a high risk for accidents. Small children and their mothers often wait for traffic to pass while carrying large buckets of water back to their homes.

Project Description
This project is to rehabilitate four water pumps located throughout the village.

These four pumps have different issues and vary in detail, and will be fixed by mechanics employed by Handei Tanzania, a company located in Songea town. They will be taking private transportation to the village with all equipment and parts that will be needed to repair all of the water pumps.

The village will provide 25% of the budget in the form of Tanzanian Shilling (TSH) currency through community contribution, and the water committee will collect this contribution from house-to-house visits. Each household is expected to provide 1,000 TSH.

The following work will be done on the four water pumps:

  • Pump # 1: A deep cleaning will be done to remove dirt and increase the depth by two meters, from 27 to 29 meters. Then, 10 tubes, through which water is pumped up from the water table will be replaced.
  • Pump #2: The well will be cleaned completely since there is sludge blocking the water path. The depth will be increased by five meters, from 27 to 32 meters.
  • Pump #3: The existing water pump handle will be repaired by soldering the pieces of metal that have been damaged and replacing a rubber band which helps to make the pump functional. This well will also be cleaned to remove sludge blocking the path of water flow.
  • Pump #4: The well will be cleaned to remove sludge and the depth increased by two meters, from 27 to 29 meters. Nine tubes through which water is pumped up from the water table will be replaced.

Once these water pumps are renovated, the water committee and the PCV will hold educational meetings and trainings with the community. They will teach how to responsibly use and maintain the water pumps, and determine a plan for how to maintain and repair the pumps in the future.

The villagers will make a monthly contribution of 500 shillings after the completion of the project to help with maintenance when issues arise in the future.

Likarangilo Pump Rehab Project - TanzaniaProject Impact
2,400 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Alyssa Sajady

Monitoring and Maintenance
The Likarangilo Water Committee will be in charge of monitoring and maintenance.

Comments
While this project has not been undertaken as an official Peace Corps Let Girls Learn project, it accomplishes the same objective of creating conditions that will enable girls to go to and remain in school.

In the village, it is typically the job of women and children to fetch water for the household. They wake up early in the morning and stay up late into the nighttime hours, and depending on the season, stand in line for up to two hours waiting for their turn to pump water. Many need to make multiple trips as they fill up to eight to ten 20-liter buckets of water per day to meet the needs of their large families.

The time spent fetching water could be much better spent for other things, such as doing domestic chores, socializing, and studying. For school-age girls, the time- savings resulting from the project will give them the opportunity to go to and remain in school.

Fundraising Target
$2,900

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date
$2,900

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Dollar Amount Needed
$0 - This project has been funded by an anonymous donor.

Additional donations will go toward other projects in Tanzania.

This project has been completed.  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.

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Mtambula Well Repair Project - Tanzania

Mtambula Well Repair Project - Tanzania

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Mtambula Village in Iringa Region, TanzaniaLocation
Mtambula Village in Iringa Region, Tanzania

Community Description
Mtambula is a farming community located in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania in the Iringa region. With roughly 4,000 community members, there are always events happening at one of the schools, community centers or shopping locations. Half of the year is in the "rainy season," from January to May. The other half is the "dry season," making it difficult to continue agriculture programs.

Living in Mtambula is different every day. There is a maternal health clinic that is short-staffed, many schools, and over half the population is school-aged youth! Mtambula is a large community with a large youth population, and will continue to grow in the coming years.

Problem Addressed
Currently, many community members are required to walk several kilometers to retrieve water, taking up time that could otherwise be spent elsewhere. The lack of available water leads to issues of sustainability, taking away precious time from income generation, learning, and food growth.

The only sources of water other than the two working wells are two rivers. During the rainy season, it is possible to retrieve water from these locations. However, the water is unsanitary.

Mtambula Village in Iringa Region, TanzaniaVillage law states that people must use a water source within one hundred meters of their home. With the amount of wells in need of repair, that is impossible for a large amount of the community.

The village of Mtambula, found in the Southern Highlands of Iringa, Tanzania, has had difficulty in fulfilling the community water needs. There are two highly trafficked wells, a few scattered private wells, and many non-functioning water sources.

The strain of access to water makes it difficult to keep students in class, for community members to provide basic food and sanitation needs at home, and for the two already busy nurses at the local maternal health clinic to keep up with the many women the clinic serves daily.

79% (3,284) of the population is under the age of eighteen, many of which are students at the primary and secondary school. Lack of water availability forces students out of class to fetch water daily. 2,194 women live in Mtambula, many of which frequent the farms and maternal health clinic.

Previously, the Water Committee of Mtambula has constructed additional wells to fight the water issue. The correct training was not used after construction, leading to more broken wells. A village of 4,167 people cannot sustain on two public wells which risk being broken from over-use if other community water sources are not repaired.

Project Description
This project is to repair twelve non-functional wells in the village of Mtambula, both reducing the strain of two working wells and to provide access to water closer to homes.

Mtambula Village in Iringa Region, TanzaniaThe work will be done by members of the Water Committee, with some responsible for purchasing the materials and others performing the repairs.

Standard pumps will be purchased and used at the existing wells. All broken piping will be replaced.

Water Charity funds will pay for the materials.

The community will contribute over 25% of the project costs in the form of local materials, labor, and cash.

Each member of the Well Committee, Water Committee and Village Committee will go door to door in their designated sub-villages, explaining the well repairs and that education will be provided at upcoming meetings that are required to use the repaired structures. To ensure people attend one of the meetings to learn about the new wells, fliers will also be handed out to all local businesses, including local shops, the clinic and the schools.

Project Impact
4,167 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Dennis Smith

Monitoring and Maintenance
Wells will be checked at June 30th, 2016. By July 15th, 2016, community members will be educated and given a test on proper well use.

Mtambula Well Repair Project - TanzaniaSmall amounts will be collected from users to ensure that future repairs can be made as needed.

Long-term, fixing the wells will give members of the community the knowledge of how to use them efficiently, know the signs of when to stop using a well, and prevent wells from breaking in the future. If a well does happen to break, members of the community will also have the knowledge to fix them.

Comments
By repairing twelve wells around the village and educating on proper use, access to water will be closer and more reliable to community members. The nurses will have access to water at the maternal health clinic, shop owners will not have to walk over one hundred meters to fetch water to cook, and homes will have access for many domestic needs.

Fundraising Target
$3,200

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date
$0

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Nkwini Rainwater Catchment Project - Tanzania

Nkwini Rainwater Catchment Project - Tanzania

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.NPC & WC Logos

Location
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Nkwini, Same District, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania

Community Description
Nkwini, a tiny sub-village, sits 5 km away from the main village, Makanya, in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania.  It is located on the semi-arid flat lands traditionally used as land for Nomadic herders. People from the Pare tribe descended from the mountains to this area because of the rich soil and the promising farming prospects.

Unfortunately, over the years climate, change and deforestation have negatively impacted the area. The dry season has become drier and longer.  People who have depended for years on the fertile soil of Nkwini are consistently let down because of drought, and they are often unable to grow enough food to feed themselves, let alone make a profit off of their labors.

There are very few services in Nkwini: a primary school, a mill, a few small huts with basic commodities, and an incomplete clinic. Life is difficult for its people. Many have started to move, leaving in search of better opportunity. The main sources of income are day labor at the neighboring sisal plantation and the selling of crops, both paying very little. Despite its struggles, the people of Nkwini continue to work hard and are optimistic about the future of their village.

Problem Addressed
Due to deforestation and climate change, the once predictable rains have become uncertain. The average rainfall is 500 ml per year. The systems required to adapt to such unpredictability have yet to be cultivated. Nkwini’s small population relies on two sources of water. The first comes from the neighboring mountain village of Mw’gende. The water is transported through a gravity pipe, and stored in a 16,000 L tank.  

Village WomenDuring the dry season, it is common to go more than 4 weeks without water from Mw’gende. A United Nations report states that the minimum water needs per person is 25 L per day. Nkwini’s current water system cannot provide people with enough water for more than two days.

The second source of water comes from Makanya’s boreholes located 5 km away. Wealthier villagers, with private storage wells, hire trucks to transport the water from Makanya to Nkwini.  They then charge the villagers double the price of transport. The people of Nkwini have little control of their water situation, leaving them vulnerable to drought and price augmentation.
    
Project Description
In the sub-village of Nkwini there is a concerning lack of affordable, sanitary drinking and household water. The Rainwater Harvesting Committee proposes to build two circular, above-ground, ferro-cement rainwater catchment tanks of 30,000 liters each at the primary school and the clinic in town.

Each tank will have a corrugated iron roofs, and will be connected to a central water point.

Adding these tanks to the existing water structure will help the villagers in times of drought. It will also increase available sources of water in the community, discouraging dependence on and depletion of one. This will Villagersbenefit all residents. 

The masons of the community will be taught how to use the ferro-cement technology, a more efficient, more durable method, from an expert mason recommended by Empower Tanzania, a local NGO.

The tanks will be opened only after there has been no water available for one week. Each person in the village will be allowed 60 L per week. Each 20 L will cost 200 TZS. 152 of those 200 TZS will go towards replenishing the tank from a neighboring borehole 5 km away. The remaining 48 TZS will go towards maintenance and repair of the tank.

The actual dispersal of the water will follow the normal process in which households are called forth by neighborhood. This process will be monitored by the Nkwini Water Committee. Building will begin in the beginning of May 2016, and will be finished by the end of June.

The community will contribute water, sand, stones, food for the masons, and a cash contribution, totaling 25% of the total project cost.

Project Impact
This project will benefit 495 people.

Water - TanzaniaPeace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Katie Kirkwood
 
Monitoring and Maintenance  
The monitoring and maintenance of this project will be conducted by the Rainwater Harvesting Committee. The first phase will be the acquiring of all necessary materials. This should take no longer than one week. All of which will be done with the committee members and PCV to ensure proper procurement. The chief mason, Godrich Msangi, will partner with a committee member and the PCV for directing the purchases in Same Town.

After this, the second phase will begin immediately, the building of the first tank for the purpose of educating Nkwini’s local masons in ferro-cement building.  All 5 masons have signed a contract agreeing to participate and to donate a substantial amount of work and time in order to both expand their skill set and better the lives of the people of Nkwini. This phase should take no longer than 2 weeks.
 
The third phase: building tank two will come shortly after the first tank is done. Both tanks will be built with the expertise and supervision of Godrich Water containersMsangi. 
 
The maintenance of the project after completion depends on community funds from the water that will be purchased. Each 20 L will cost 200 TZS, with 48 TZS going toward repairs. If there is a repair needed that is not able to be covered by the repair fund, it is acceptable to pull from the refill fund. Charging for rainwater will also discourage the dependence on the tanks, as well as on Makanya’s boreholes.

The Water committee will be responsible for collecting whereas the Development Committee will store the money and decide when to use it. Having these two Committees working together ensures transparency and accountability with the funds collected from the tanks. They will act as a check and balance for each other. 

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor.  Please donate to our other projects in our East Africa Water and Sanitation Program.

This project has been completed.  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.

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Ipillili School & Village Well Project - Tanzania

Students in Ipillili Village

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.NPC & WC Logos

Location
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Ipillili Village of Nzega District, Tabora region, Tanzania

Community Description
Nzega Secondary School is located in Ipilili village in Tabora, one of the very hot and dry regions in Tanzania. Life there revolves around water. Due to the lack of water in the community, students and the surrounding community struggle with sanitation, illnesses caused by drinking unclean water, and food insecurity.

Problem Addressed
Nzega Secondary School has one rainwater catchment system, which only provides enough water for the school and surrounding villagers for a few days until the next downpour. After rainy season, students are sent to fetch a few buckets of water from taps, which come on once every few weeks, or from shallow pools of water nearby. The lack of water is a major cause of poor sanitation, diarrhea and food insecurity in the surrounding community.

One of the biggest health issues among adults and children, aside from malaria, is diarrhea. People drink from unsanitary sources, such as the river or shallow hand-dug wells, without using any method of purification. This is especially common among school-aged children. Students often miss school due to illnesses, such as diarrhea and the common cold, which could be minimized by having water available for sanitary purposes.      

current water sourceProject Description
This project is to build a well at Nzega Secondary School.  The well will be drilled to a depth of about 120 meters. Piping will be inserted into the well, and a manual hand pump will be attached.  The water will be used mainly for drinking water and sanitation purposes. 

The headmaster has paid for a technician for a preliminary survey to determine the best location of the well.  A water committee has been established consisting of members of the school and the PCV. The members will rotate the tasks of overseeing the process and managing funds. 

The drilling company will guarantee that water will be reached and provide an adequate supply for some time into the future.  The school will provide a manual pump to ensure sustainability.  The pump is low-cost and can be easily repaired.      

Water Charity funds will be used for the purchase of specified equipment and materials as well as the cost of skilled labor.  The entire project is scheduled for completion 3 weeks after work is started.

Project Impact
1,280 students and villagers will benefit from the project.Female student  pouring water

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Wangui Mwaniki

Monitoring and Maintenance
The community has created a water committee of four members of the school, including the headmaster, to oversee the maintenance of the well, and pump to ensure sustainability.

Comments
The water available will also provide a source of drinking water for students and community members as well as for crops to improve food security for the community.

A tank and irrigation system for food security is envisioned as a future project for the school.

This project falls under our ongoing Let Girls Learn Initiative, an effort to help girls stay in school created by FLOTUS Michelle Obama. It is also part of our East Africa Water & Sanitation Program. Both of these programs can use support from donors to continue doing worthy projects like this one.

This project became infeasible, and was cancelled by the Peace Corps Volunteer.  There was no expenditure of funds.  

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Mtii Health Clinic and Dispensary Construction and Well Project - Tanzania

Village children

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.NPC & WC Logos

Location

Mtii, Mtae Ward, Lushoto District, Tanga Region, Tanzania

Community DescriptionWoman villagers
The community of Mtii, located within Mtae ward close to the Lushoto area of Tanzania, is a beautiful sub-village with its own village officials. The population of Mtii is a little over 2,518, with 708 being women of childbearing age and 1,120 being children under the age of 15.

Problem Addressed
The biggest dilemmas that villagers face are those of health care and water. The closest dispensary is over an hour and a half walk through mountainous terrain, with no way for a car to pass.  Currently, the majority of pregnant women give birth at home without trained professionals, leading to a low birth survival rate, about 1 in 4 newborns do not survive.  Children and elderly have a difficult time attending to their health needs because they cannot make the long trek to the dispensary.

In the past, the village government has tried to build a dispensary, constructing a foundation and some walls, but was unable to finish due to lack of funding. 
 

clinic foundationProject Description
This project is to finish construction of the dispensary and clinic, and to build a well to provide for the water needs of the facility. The building construction will be completed.  A 20,000 liter well will be built for water storage, attached to the municipal water source, and piped to the building.
 
The anticipated outcome is that the dispensary will provide all health services and medicines for residents as well as a source of water for sanitation, hydration and hygiene. The beneficiaries will be all men, women and children in the village. This project will start in January, 2016, and be completed in April, 2016. 

The project committee includes the community change agent, a female village chairperson, the village official, a village delegate, and the ward chairperson. The project committee intends to oversee and monitor construction and implementation of the dispensary and well and cover any maintenance fees of the well with funds from the village government. They will ensure sustainability of the dispensary and well after the volunteer leaves by meeting monthly to discuss progress or issues.
 
The community is thoroughly involved in this project because the understand the importance of having accessible healthcare and water. The project committee has a complete plan for the dispensary and will begin construction on the foundation of the building.
    
The project committee is motivated to improve their community and increase birth survival rate, educate villagers about family planning, proper hand washing and sanitation and improve the overall health and wellbeing of their village.  The committee will oversee the buying of materials for this project, monitor the construction of both the dispensary and the well and will continue to evaluate both after completion to ensure the sustainability and success of the project. They have already met three times to discuss materials needed and update timelines. They will continue to meet bi-weekly throughout construction of the project and then monthly after completion to discuss fixing any issues and the general progress of the dispensary and well. The community contribution for this project is mostly in the form of volunteers to help transport materials and with construction. The money to buy certain items will come from the village and water office funds collected from the community.

To implement this project, the project committee has divided the tasks among themselves. All of the members of the project committee, except for one, live in Mtii and Mtii centerare able to easily monitor progress and oversee the construction of this project.  They will be responsible for getting and transporting supplies and for keeping the masons and carpenters on track. The first phase of implementation will take place in January, 2016, and will include buying all materials necessary from Lushoto town or Mtae village and transporting them to the project location.

The second phase beginning in late February, 2016, will include construction of both the dispensary and well simultaneously. The well is located nearby to the clinic with water pipes connecting the two.
     
Phase three includes monitoring and evaluation. This phase will include the completion of the construction process and the evaluation of the completed project addressing any issues that may have occurred. This will happen in April, 2016. In order to evaluate the projects’ success, the committee will record how many citizens are going to the clinic for treatments, medicine or clinic days each month because of its close location in the village and how many babies survive birth because women are choosing to deliver at the clinic with trained staff instead of at home. Also, they will determine if the water from the well is enough to sustain
the clinic on a daily basis.
 
All items were priced according to experts in their fields such as the carpenters, masons and plumbers. The experts contacted the stores where the items will be bought and then met with the project committee members to write down all specific items and prices. Community members will volunteer to transport all materials from the buses, trucks or stores in Mtae village to Mtii.

The main items covered by Water Charity funding are doors, windows, ceiling boards, paint, rods, wires and cement. The community has contributed the price of construction workers to build the dispensary, all volunteers who will help transport materials and with construction, bags of sand and piles of stones; some travel expenses, as well as pipes to connect to the well. Eventually the community will also contribute porcelain sinks and soap for the dispensary.

Project Impact
This project will impact 2,518 people.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Mia Young

Village leadersMonitoring and Maintenance
The project committee intends to oversee and monitor construction and implementation of the dispensary and well and cover any maintenance fees of the well with funds from the village government. They will ensure sustainability of the dispensary and well after the volunteer leaves by meeting monthly to discuss progress or issues.

The project committee has taken full responsibility for sustaining the project after completion and after the volunteer has left. Because the anticipated outcome of this project is a dispensary, after completion of the building, the committee members including village officials and a ward chairperson will contact their government to send the doctors and nurses. This process is separate from this project and will be the responsibility of the members of the project committee. To address any problems that may arise in the future, the project committee has agreed that all maintenance issues within the dispensary or the well will be paid for from the village government funds coming from community members.

Also, the plumber will volunteer to fix any piping issues related to this project with funds from the water office, also paid for by the community members. The project committee will meet once a month after the project is completed and more times if necessary to discuss the progress of the dispensary and the overall wellbeing of both the dispensary and well. Eventually, a dispensary committee will be created consisting of the doctor and/or nurses and village officials and will continue to oversee the welfare of the dispensary and water well.

Comments
This is Peace Corp Volunteer, Mia Young’s second project.  Click here to see her first Tanzania project. The community organization involved in this project is the Mtii Village Government.  The beneficiaries of this project will be all men, women and children in the village. This project will start in December 2015 and be completed in March 2016. The community contribution will be 25% of the cost.
 
Community contribution includes two masons, cement bags, stones, sand, pipes and volunteers to transport supplies and help with construction. The project committee includes Amina, the community change agent; Upendo, a female village chairperson; Athumani, the village official; Asha a village delegate and Richard, the ward chairperson.

In the short term, this project will provide a building that will serve as a dispensary and clinic for the people of Mtii village. Also, there will be a 20,000 liter well, which will be connected to a water pipeline already existing in the village. This well will store water so that the dispensary will have reliable running water year round for all sanitation and hydration needs.

The anticipated long-term outcomes will be increased birth survival rate due to women delivering in a medical facility with trained professionals, better health care for children due to ease of access to clinic days and medicines, an increase in the number of women using family planning techniques such as contraception, and a decrease in malaria deaths and the spread of HIV and serious illnesses because of the relative location of the health facility to get testing, treatment and education.

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor.  You can still donate to this project, and all further funds will go to helping start more projects in the region.

If you wish to help with more great projects such as this one, please donate to the East Africa Water & Sanitation Program.

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Kwizu Village Water Tank Project - Tanzania

Children playing

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.NPC & WC Logos

Location

Kwizu Village, Same District, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzaniawomen farming

Community Description
The village of Kwizu is located high in the Southern Pare Mountains, approximately 1,710 m (5,605 ft) in elevation. Around 2,000 villagers make their home here within the steeply sloping, intensely wooded mountains. Their primary occupations are farming, with corn, beans, and sugarcane being the main crops, and animal husbandry of cows, chickens, and sheep.  Trees are varied and highly abundant, with an emphasis on deciduous species, and local farms are built within and around these forests.

There are two different forests within the village of Kwizu, one is a managed forest (msituwabiashara) and the other is a reserve forest (msituwaasili). The managed, or ‘business’ forest is used primarily for wood-cutting, farming, and homesteading, while the reserve forest has been set aside by the government to transition into Mkomazi National Park in the lowlands.

Water sources come from any one of three rain-fed upland springs. Because of this, water tends to be more available during the rainy season and a considerable problem during the dry season.

Problem Addressed
In Kwizu village, access to water is challenging for most villagers.   There are no tanks, local water sources are very far walks, and most water taps are in poor condition. Further, some areas in the village do not have any nearby water taps and women and children must walk long distances to collect water, usually up to one kilometer.

Of the areas where taps are present and in working condition, water only flows to them 6 months of the year or less, and because of distances from the source only about 40% of those actually receive any water during these times. Furthermore, water access issues discourage student attendance at schools since many youth are required to walk long distances to fetch water for the family in the mornings and then must travel 45 minutes to 2 hours to reach school. With this strain, students often arrive late, which is a provocation for corporal punishment, or they may choose not to go at all. In addition to students, older women also suffer from carrying water long distances, oftentimes carrying a baby on their backs or another burden in their hands, such as corn or leaves to feed cows, thus exacerbating existing health issues and/or creating new ones.

water pipeA lack of available water resources also influences nutrition and available food products. Currently there are only two vegetable gardens in existence and Kwizu village does not have its own market. This combination means that in order for villagers to acquire dietary variety beyond corn products and beans, they must travel by foot anywhere from one to five hours each way, every week or else pay 10,000 tsh (round trip) to go to town for food stuffs. Increasing water availability in the village will enable villagers to create more household gardens, and perhaps in time, fish ponds or even their own village market.

Project Description
To address the water challenges present in the community, we plan to build five water tanks dispersed throughout the village to improve access and availability.

The tanks will vary in size depending upon how many villagers they will serve. Of the six sub-villages within Kwizu, one tank will be placed within each of five of them. In Kionzogolo A, the central part of the village, we will place a 20,000 L tank, in Kionzogolo B we will place a 5,000 L tank, Kibengele will receive a 15,000 L tank, Nzoroko A, which also extends down the mountain to the secondary school and health clinic, will receive a 20,000 L tank, and in Nzoroko B we will build a 10,000 L tank.

In addition to building tanks, the main water source areas will be cleaned up. This will include maintenance around the water intake areas as well as cleaning the nearby environment and planting trees to encourage greater water storage for the future. A price estimate has been secured from an experienced tank builder who will oversee the hiring of multiple other builders within the village. The work will be spread out to many villagers to speed up the building process as well as to spread out the income generated from the project. The majority of needed supplies will be purchased in Same, the nearest banking town to Kwizu, and transported up the mountain by either villagers or rented trucks.      

water to carry Villagers will contribute both time and cash money to the project. Cash money will be approximately 1,818,000 tsh (~$910), and will be raised from within the community.  Each household has committed to contributing a small amount to raise the necessary funds; this process will be repeated again in the future for any maintenance or repairs.

Activity-based contribution will total approximately 3,809,000 tsh (~$1,905). Activities the villagers propose to contribute include digging up and preparing each site, breaking down rocks from the surrounding landscape and carrying them to each site (both large and small), and carrying other bought supplies up from town to decrease transportation costs. Villagers will begin by collecting rocks as well as bringing up supplies to the sites as much as they are able to.

Water Charity funding will be used to purchase remaining materials, and to pay the salary of the builders. At this point, the remainder of the supplies will be acquired from town, as well as some from stores within the village, and the builders will begin their work on the tanks simultaneously. Ideally the whole process will take approximately three months.

Project Impact
This project will benefit approximately 2,200 people.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Bethany Drahota

Monitoring and Maintenance
Project monitoring will be the responsibility of the water projects committee. This is a WUC-type group formed for the project.  The head of the committee and Bethany's village counterpart, will be responsible for overseeing project implementation and following up with progress, although all committee members will participate. The committee has also assigned record keepers from within each sub-village to record outcomes, as well as any problems that may require maintenance. They will measure impacts and will review and maintain all documentation from the entire village. There is also one accountant who will be in charge of collecting and monitoring funds from within the village.  The community has agreed to contribute a small amount from each household to ensure tank upkeep. The committee plans to meet 3-4 times per year to discuss impacts and any needed maintenance.

broken wellComments
The community organization involved in this project is Kwizu Water Projects Committee. They have been instrumental in evaluating community needs and determining ways to fill them.

Upon arrival in Kwizu, Bethany was extremely impressed with how motivated the community was for change. Hearing from other volunteers the struggles they were having generating interest for projects, Bethany was pleasantly surprised when she met no such resistance here.

The idea for a water project was first initiated by the villagers. She was met at each site by a large gathering of enthusiastic men and women, eager to show her how they lived and answer all her questions. When she told them that to obtain funding, the community would need to contribute, there was a resounding yes, and it took less than 10 minutes to come up with enough activities to meet 25% of the requested funds.. Every step of the way, there has been much support and excitement.  Bethany says she was blown away by the experience of setting this up, and is very pleased to be a part of this project.

This project has been funded by an Anonymous donor.  Additional donations will go toward other projects in Tanzania.

 

This project has been completed.  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.

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