Project Waterfall: Tanzania
56% lack access to clean water
93% lack access to sanitation
33.4% live below the poverty line
Clean water and sanitation delivered to 10,280 people
The Mbulu District of the Mayonara region in Tanzania is a remote area which is home to some of the poorest and most marginalised communities in the country. Due to its remote location, very few services, including water, reach the region. Until now they have relied mainly on traditional water sources far away from their homes.
Prior to Project Waterfall: Tanzania:
- The Hadzabe tribe (who are hunters and gathers) and the Barbaig tribe (who are pastoralists) were often in conflict with one another
- Existing water sources were subject to cross contamination from livestock resulting in a high number of water-related illnesses
- Women and children would spend the majority of their time collecting clean water. This would often restrict the time they could commit to school or work activities.
By working in partnership with WaterAid, the Diocese of Mbulu Development Department and the Mbulu District Council, Project Waterfall: Tanzania has delivered clean sustainable water and sanitation to 10,280 people in the Mbulu District of the Mayonara region in Tanzania.
- Built nine new water points (wells, hand pumps and tanks)
- Rehabilitated existing water supply infrastructure as required (wells, hand pumps and boreholes)
- Constructed water troughs for livestock and built a fence around existing water sources to prevent cross contamination from animal faeces
- Built a 135 cubed metre storage tank with 12km of connecting pipe to supply villages upstream
- Provided education programmes to increase understanding of sanitation and hygiene
Project Waterfall: Tanzania has delivered clean water and sanitation to 10,280 people. This has impacted the community in many different ways:
- The two tribes, previously locked in conflict, now work together as a cohesive unit to maintain the water supply
- Improvements in hygiene and sanitation have reduced the number of water-related illnesses within the community
- Families have access to a reliable source of safe water allowing them to bathe and wash their clothes daily. Facilities have been installed for disabled individuals.
- Attendance levels at the local school saw a dramatic increase, as children were no longer sent out to search for water
- Women are able to use their newfound time to earn a living within the community. These women now enjoy an elevated status within the community as they represent 50% of the management team assigned to maintain the water source