- We source the most needy villages throughout the remote areas of Tanzania together with our in-country partners
- We organise a hydrological survey and liaise with the village elders to establish the best location for the positioning of the well for the whole community
- Drilling is organised and once completed the WFA team install the base and hand-pump and ensure the full working order of the well
- The completed project is then handed over to the village committee
- An amazing “thanks-giving” celebration for the provision of the well takes place with the whole community
- Local village members receive hygiene and sanitation education
- The village committee are provided with the direct contact of the in-country partner should any issues arise
- All projects are re-visited over the next 12 months to ensure sustainability
Water for Africa seeks to build and utilize the capacities of the communities we work in. Our key desire is to help communities realise their long-term best interests and to help bring self-help, self-reliance and sustainable change to the individuals, families and to the community without discrimination. We work with and train local people to participate in the drilling team and assign a community committee member to take responsibility for the new water project once it is handed over. This ensures the sustainability of the project for years to come.
During 2014 we saw a statistic...
'Currently 40-50% of all water wells are broken across Africa due to poor sustainability plans in place' This confirmed our findings in our current project region and we needed to ensure that our new projects didn't become part of this statistic.
So an idea was birthed - to establish an 'In-Country Repair & Maintenance Team' - and through incredibly generous donations this has become a reality!
On the 1st June, two fully trained locals were launched into action. This amazing team are exceeding our expectations and repairing approx. 4-5 broken wells per week!
All of our newly installed water projects, along with all the repaired water wells which we are finding abandoned and broken for many years, are fixed and placed into our program and monitored every 12 months to ensure a continued flow of safe, clean drinking water and a long life span. The new team will work all year round and deal promptly with an issues which may arise.
Our vision is to see this region completely saturated with clean drinking water and all of these projects SUSTAINABLE FOR YEARS TO COME.
Did you know that washing your hands with soap reduces germs by a further 45%?
Our new 'Hand-Washing Hygiene Program' has been a huge success, especially in the schools positioned next to the new water projects. We donate water barrels and soap and provide the schools and community with basic instruction leaflets in Swahili, giving step by step instructions on hand-washing and why it is so important. The children love getting involved in the demonstrations and the headmasters and teachers are keen to participate and ensure that this program is continued in their school.
The 'Hand-Washing Hygiene Program' is a simple but highly effective way to combat sickness & disease, helping to further reduce the rate of death. We are so excited to see this program grow!