Project Waterfall is providing some of the poorest and most marginalised communities in Tanzania with access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. The current project is being implemented in Mbulu District in the Manyara Region with the assistance of WaterAid’s local partner organisation, Diocese of Mbulu Development Department (DMDD).
The water project in the Mbulu District targets the vulnerable groups of the Hadzabe tribe (who are hunters and honey gatherers), and the Barbaig tribe (who are solely pastoralists). Other groups of people in the surrounding communities are also benefiting from this project, with emphasis on women, the poor and disadvantaged.
The project’s overall aim is to address the issue of water supply sustainability. The project plan is to train and support the Hadzabe and the Barbaig communities intensively in the first 12 months of the project and then to make close follow up for the next 12 months. This approach allows for the new practices to become familiar to the communities.
Since April 2011, the project implementation has led to improved access to safe and clean water for approximately 3,638 people. This improvement means that women and children, who normally fetch water, save more than 50% of the time they would normally use on this activity. Its major achievements include improving the access to adequate and clean water within a walking distance of 1,000 meters to the marginalised community in Yaeda Chini ward (Hadzabe and Barbaig communities).
The project has improved access to water for 3,638 people in Masqaroda, Endalachi and Yaeda Chini villages through:
The project has already transformed lives and would not have been possible without the overwhelming contributions from consumers, sponsors and supporters of UK Coffee Week.
6.8 km gravity scheme with 3 water points
2 new tube wells fitted with hand pumps
1 borehole rehabilitated
1 shallow well rehabilitated
UK Coffee Week 2013 aims to raise even more funds to continue this great work in Tanzania.
Click here to see photos from the projects in action so far.