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Secondary School Bathroom and Water Project - Tanzania

Secondary School Bathroom and Water Project - Tanzania

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Girls ToiletXxxxxxxxx Secondary School, Lushoto, Tanga, Tanzania

Community Description
Xxxxxxxxx Secondary School was one of the first government schools in the Lushoto district, established in 1988 in the village of Dochi/Vuri, Tanzania. The school began with just over 600 students and currently there are more than 1,000 students.

The school has Forms I through Form IV, which are equivalent to high school in the United States. Student ages range from 12 to 19 years. Form I through Form IV are day students who arrive at 7:00 am and return home at 3:30 pm. The curriculum is very similar to the high school curriculum in the United States. The average time for a student walking to school is 35 minutes. However, some students walk an hour to school.

In addition to the Forms I through IV, there are Forms V and VI, which consists of male residential students. The ages range from 19 to 22 and they take advanced studies in Kiswahili, history, geography, and English to prepare for continued studies at the university.

The main source of income for the community is through small businesses and agriculture; many small farms are terraced along the mountain sides. The people in the area are friendly and always willing to help. "Karibu," meaning "welcome," is the common greeting and is regularly heard.

Problem Addressed
Due to age and condition of the current facilities, and the ever-increasing class sizes the toilets no longer adequately serve students. The lack of a water supply and physical deterioration of the facilities are major concerns. The nearest source of water is 1/4 mile from the toilet. A large incoming class of 247 Form I students, and the projected trend of large incoming class sizes has placed additional strain on the current facility.

Computer LabSome of the issues that students mention during discussions are: urinary tract infections, odor, privacy, safety and lack of hand washing stations. In one small discussion group of 4 Form III girls, 16 to 17 years old, all had at least urinary tract infection in the past and one had three occurrences of a such a problem. Health, sanitation and privacy for the girls are a major concerns.

Project Description
New toilet facilities will be constructed on the school grounds, near the classrooms. A tank, piping, and hand wahing facilities wil be added.

The project is divided into 3 phases:

Phase 1: Demolition of the boys toilet and delivery of materials (7 days)

Phase 2: Building construction, plumbing and installation of 1.000 liter water tank and plumbing (14 days)

Phase 3: Finish interior, install hand washing stations, demolition of the girls toilet (12 days)

The water tank will be placed on a raised platform. The water tank will be filled using gravity since the source of the water is higher in the mountains. During construction, the boys will have access to the toilet used by male residential students and the girls will continue to use the current lavatory. Upon completion of the project, the girl's lavatory will be removed.Boys Toilets

During the construction, skilled labor will be used for brickwork, tiling, plumbing, and cement work. The bricks will be made on school grounds using community labor and carried to the construction site by community members. Lumber for roofing and door framing will be done by the school carpenter and the community will contribute to the construction of the of the doors for the toilet and stalls.

Water Charity funds will be used for the roofing material, skilled labor, the water tank, foundation stone, sand, cement, plumbing, paint, hand washing stations and transportation of material from the demolition of the old facility.

The completed toilet will have 20 stalls, each with doors, 10 for each gender, an entry door to toilet and 5 hand washing stations for each gender. A water tap will be in both facilities that will be used to fill buckets for flushing the toilets and cleaning the facility.

Mr. Wetundwa, Shambalai Secondary School Head Master, will be at the site on a daily basis overseeing the project. He will report to the Project Committee composed of school board members, the school headmaster and the PCV, regarding the progress of the construction.

Project ImpactComputer Lab
1,000 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
J. Krakowiak

Monitoring and Maintenance
The new toilet will be monitored daily by school staff and irregularities will be reported to the Head Master. Normal maintenance will be performed by school staff. Funding that is provided to each government school by the government of Tanzania will be used for maintenance beyond normal cleaning of the new facility.

Fundraising Target
$3,600

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

Donations Collected to Date
$0

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Mhezi Village and School Water Project - Tanzania

Mhezi Village and School Water Project - Tanzania

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Location
Mhezi, Same District, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania

Community Description
Mhezi Village is in the Same District of the Kilimanjaro Region. The village has a population around 2,000 people and borders four other villages with about the same population.

Mhezi is a farmland community in the forested part of the Pare Mountains. The major crops that are grown include sugarcane, corn, beans, cabbage, tomatoes, bell peppers, and avocados. All of the produce is sold to the local market and to the district market, which is 4 hours away by public transportation. Mhezi has two rainy seasons, which the farmers depend on for watering their crops.

As for the school system in Mhezi, there is one primary school (Kweresha) and one secondary school (Chanjagaa). Both the primary (built in 1976) and secondary school (built in 1998) were built with no handwashing stations. Each school has about 300 students attending and 10 teachers.

Problem Addressed
The Kweresha Primary School and Chanjagaa Secondary School both have water and sanitation problems. The village built irrigation and spring systems which allowed access to water closer to the schools. However, this system often turns off at inconvenient times because they rotate the irrigation flow to other parts of the village.

In addition, students have to leave in the middle of school to get water for the kitchen staff or to water the plants around the school. The other spring is a half hour walking distance round trip. Students get just enough water for the task at hand, and not enough for handwashing for 300 students.

This situation brings two problems: (1) Leaving during class results in less time for students to study, and (2) minimal access to water results in sanitation problems and students becoming sick more frequently. This results in absence from school.

Project Description
This project is to build a rainwater catchment system, a storage tank, and a handwashing station at each of 2 schools.

At each school, a 4,500-liter tank will be built near the kitchen using a ferro-cement design. A wire mesh frame will be constructed in the shape of the tank, then waterproofing cement will surround both the inside and outside of the frame.

At each school, the handwashing station will be near the Tank, and use gravity to provide water from the tank to the two spigots. In addition, there will be a third spigot that is close to the bottom of the tank to easily fill buckets for the kitchen staff to use to wash dishes or boil water for cooking. The tank can be filled by either rain water or the nearest well to the school.

This type of tank has been constructed in another village, and so there are experienced construction worker to come out with two other staff members to build the tanks and handwashing stations.

The funds from Water Charity will provide the supplies and the payment to the construction worker. The village will provide food and housing to the construction workers, along with some of the supplies like sand and wood. The WEO, teachers, students and Peace Corps Volunteer will provide any assistance to the construction worker as needed.

Project Impact
630 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Meredith Emery

Monitoring and Maintenance
The kitchen staff will monitor the tank every day. At least once a year, around the end of dry season before the rainy season, a member of the village or school will clean inside the tank. This will help keep the water clean. At this time the person will also inspect the spigots and the tank for leaks, and fix any leaks that they come across.

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Iramba District School Water Project - Tanzania

Iramba District School Water Project - Tanzania

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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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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.

Conclusion of Likarangilo Pump Rehab Project - Tanzania

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

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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
$3,200

Dollar Amount Needed

$0.00 - This project was fully funded through the generosity of the G3 Foundation, of Costa Mesa, CA, USA.  However, the project was cancelled due to the PCV leaving the country for medical reasons.  There was no loss of funds, and the money from G3 was re-allocated.

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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
Students
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
Village with his bike
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.  

Female students filling water bucketsYouth with a bucket of water

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