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Assist Maasai People in Tanzania Ensure Safe Water-Part Two

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Our goal
We will train 12 groups of Maasai women to build rainwater catchments and MicroFlush toilets
The Challenge

Maasai tribespeople in central Tanzania lack access to clean water

The Maasai Steppe in central Tanzania is home to 180,000 people, 85% of them Maasai pastoralists. Simanjiro is the central town. Until an intervention from Friendly Water for the World through its Tanzania affiliate Community Life Amelioration Organization, they had no access to clean water. Child deaths from waterborne illnesses - cholera, typhoid, dysentery - were common. Due to illness, it was rare that a child could attend three consecutive days of school.

Families would spend up to half their income visiting overwhelmed health clinics, and purchasing drugs which they would then take with the very water that made them sick. In addition, women, along with girls ages 6-12 taken out of school for this purpose, will wake as early as 3 a.m. to seek out water from remote ponds and contaminated shallow wells, returning as late as noon, leaving them physically exhausted and mentally drained. There are no latrines or toilets in the region.

The local school could no longer use water from its onsite well, as it was contaminated. Water was purchased from sellers bringing it on donkeys and bicycles, but it was making the children sick. Funds that should have gone to instruction and materials instead went for purchase of water, hospitalizations, and pharmaceuticals. There has to be a better way...and there is! (Part I of this Project is for training in building MicroFlush toilets; Part II is for training in rainwater catchments.)

Our Solution

We are halfway to a community eliminating waterborne illnesses

In November 2017, Friendly Water for the World trained and equipped six groups of Maasai women, 10 per group, to fabricate, distribute, install, and maintain BioSand Water Filters. Invented by Dr. David Manz at the University of Calgary in 1993, BioSand Filters are a simple, affordable, household technology that can remove 99% of bacteria, and 100% of viruses, worms, protozoa, and amoebae from the water supply, virtually eliminating waterborne diseases.

In 18 months, the women have now built more than 2,050 BioSand Filters, ensuring clean water for some 50,000 people. Filters are being used in schools and clinics. Waterborne illnesses are fast disappearing. Clinics are no longer overwhelmed. Child mortality has been radically reduced. Children can now regularly attend school. Savings from not having to go to clinics and buy expensive pharmaceuticals are going toward more nutritious food, school fees, and small economic ventures.

The long walk for water remains. Girls are still being removed from school to join it. There are no toilets or latrines in the entire region, and little access to soap. The women, community, and local authorities have now raised substantial funds toward training and equipping groups to build rainwater catchments, MicroFlush toilets (which use worms to eat feces), and to manufacture non-palm oil soap. This will complete an integrated program of clean water, hygiene, and sanitation.

Your Impact

Pamoja Tutafanya Miujiza! Together, We will Make Miracles!

We have already eliminated waterborne illnesses in much of the Maasai Steppe. With groups trained and equipped to build catchments and toilets, the community and entire region will have a fully integrated approach to water access and quality, hygiene, and sanitation. The community is prepared to invest heavily in this themselves, and the training of groups will enhance economic security, and ensure better nutrition for all. Now they are asking you to walk alongside them.

$25,000 Minimum Funding Goal
  • 48%-Materials for catchments

  • 27%-Equipment

  • 25%-Travel,food, etc. for trainers

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