Ilima School Water Project – Tanzania

Rungwe District, Mbeya Region, Tanzania

Community Description
The Ilima Secondary School is located on a steep ridge of the Poroto Mountains. Surrounding the school are plots of cassava and maize maintained by local subsistence farmers.

Many of the 550 students of the school are orphans and most have a difficult time just paying the government school fees required to attend lessons.

Currently, there is no water source on school grounds. Students routinely trek 10 minutes down the steep and dangerously muddy hill to collect muddy water from a small creek to get water to drink, clean classrooms, and water plants. Sometimes, they must rely on water from neighbors.


Project Description
This project is to bring water to the school to serve its needs.
Trenches will be dug and 175 meters of piping will be placed in order to tap into pipes currently carrying water down the hill from nearby Tukuyu Town.

A water storage tank of approximately 2000 liters will be purchased and installed to store the water for use as needed.

A tap will be placed on school grounds to allow students to easily access vital water for drinking other uses at school.

The community will provide the labor, plus any additional funds needed for the completion of this project.

Project Impact
All of the 550 students at the school will be served by this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Andrew Engel

This project will relieve the students of the dangerous and time-consuming job of retrieving water, and make safe water readily accessible for daily use the year around.

This is an excellent solution to bring water to the school, as it takes advantage of the availability of the water and the natural conditions that make it easily obtainable.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Andrew Engel of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Andrew and/or those of his counterpart PCVs in Tanzania.

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