We have completed project waterfall tanzania!

The Allegra Foundation in partnership with WaterAid has now delivered our first joint programme, Project Waterfall, providing safe drinking water, good hygiene and improved sanitation to the remote communities of the Mbulu district in Tanzania.  

We are proud to say that the funds raised since 2011, totalling over £230,000, have enabled us to complete Project Waterfall, giving access to safe, clean and reliable water to 10,280 people.

Why do we focus on delivering safe water to coffee-growing countries?
Ninety percent of coffee comes from third world countries, where over 60% of people don't have access to safe water. We feel those who love coffee in the UK would want people who provide the coffee to have safe, clean and reliable water. Access to water, sanitation and hygiene underpins all other development issues and is therefore the first step in breaking the poverty cycle.

Our Achievements
Four villages now have access to reliable safe water within 1,000 metres by creating:
  • 4 boreholes with 2 hand pumps have been drilled and one borehole rehabilitated;

  • A total of nine water points have been installed;

  • 2 wells have been dug and fitted with hand pumps and one well has been rehabilitated;

  • 2 cattle troughs have been installed to prevent cattle drinking from the same water source as the people;

  • A fence around the water source has been erected to prevent contamination from livestock;

  • 135m3 water storage tank has been completed to supply water to villages located up stream;

  • This has all required 12km of distribution line to be laid;

  • Education: training in the importance of sanitation and hygiene has been delivered.

The Impact
  • Access to water means women and girls who are responsible for collecting water have saved 50% of their time collecting water. This has allowed them to go to school or earn a livin;.

  • 114 students have access to clean water;

  • Bringing communities together: before Project Waterfall the four villages would be in conflict over the water supply, they now work together;

  • Better sanitation and hygiene means less disease and a healthier community;

  • The people now have reliable, affordable and safe water for the first time and the poverty cycle is on its way to being broken.

Head Prinicple of the local school:
"We used to wake up at 4.00am every day to fetch water for our school before this water point came, but now we are happy that there is water within the school compound. We can now bathe and clean our clothes every day."

Sustainability and Equality
Long may our work last: 
We have worked closely with the Mbulu District Council and the Diocese of Mbulu Development Department to ensure our work is sustainable. Management Groups have been created and training has been given in water system maintenance, plumbing, project management, finance management and good governance.  

Minority groups: Women play a vital role in these new Management Groups making up 50% of the teams. Their voice in the management of water supply is vital as they are traditionally the members of the family who make the perilous journey to collect the water and suffer the most without access to a safe toilet. These women now also enjoy a higher status in their communities. Consideration has also been given to people with disabilities, with all hand-pumps and stand posts being designed to ensure they have access too.  

Finance: With women being able to work and more money coming into each household, they are able to pay an affordable tax to meet the maintenance costs of the new water system.


With the community having real ownership, skills and finances to maintain their new water system, we are confident that it will keep supplying water for generations to come. 


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