Tanzania Water Project
Tanzania Water Project
What is the issue?
Tanzania, with an estimated 52 million people, is the largest country in East Africa. However approximately 85% of people living there do not have access to safe drinking water (WaterAid 2016). Recent projections indicate that the annual average of available water per capita in Tanzania will fall by 30 per cent (from 1,952 cubic metres to 1,400 cubic metres) between 2014 and 2025 as a result of diminishing water resources and a surging population (Tanzania Daily News 2016).
A lack of water is especially devastating to the rural communities of Tanzania. People need water in order to live and if they do not have any, or they have too little, they will become dangerously, even life-threateningly, dehydrated.
Community resources are also affected by a lack of water because crops cannot grow and so food becomes scarce. With no water, villages become dirty and unhygienic, increasing the risks of disease spreading. Over 4,000 children die annually from diarrhea as of result of drinking unsafe drinking water (Water Aid 2016).
What is the Solution?
The solution is surprisingly simple and inexpensive. Energy For All is investing in sustainable, long-term water projects that can be built in rural communities for relatively small amounts of money.
These water projects include such infrastructure as wells and rainwater harvesting systems, which provide a reliable source of water that is safe to drink. Energy For All also partners with local NGOs to provide training in WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) to ensure that after implementing each water project, the water and communities remain clean and healthy.
Installing a water project within the community has ramifications for local community members. Women and children will no longer have to travel kilometers each day to reach a water point; school children can focus on gaining an education; young children will remain healthy and communities will begin to thrive with a reliable, safe source of drinking water.
How you can help.
There are many ways for you to support clean drinking water. Click here to donate and provide clean water, education and training for the rural villagers in Tanzania. Your contribution goes toward equipment, training, education, baseline and follow-up assessments of water. Every dollar counts. $25 per month will go a long way toward reaching our goal.
Tanzania Daily News (2016), http://allafrica.com/stories/201605201073.html). Accessed 13 November 2016.
Water Aid (2016), http://www.wateraid.org/where-we-work/page/tanzania. Accessed 13 November 2016.