Today is nationally known for caring people to donate to worthy causes. Its #GivingTuesday. On this Tuesday, if you’d like to easily and securely give to the Tanzania Water Project, to assist women in Tanzania who struggle daily with this activity depicted in our photo…then simply hit that DONATE button and in minutes you can do so. We’ve placed 33 wells thanks to generous donors form around the world, lifting the standard of living for tens of thousands of Tanzanians. We hope to place 10 more in 2018. At roughly $5000 a well, we can do so only through generous support. Your gift of water changes every facet of their life. Take a moment, give some water.
Well this never gets old. We’ve had a busy and productive summer on the Tanzania Water Project. Our crew has been kept very busy through these months placing new wells, changing new lives. The latest is in the village of Mihugwe. The process, as always, was dirty, hard work. It takes a lot of planning, manpower, volunteers, materials, equipment, supplies and good ol’ getting down and getting dirty to give fresh clean water to those in need in Tanzania. It also takes YOUR donations, because as we receive donations via www.tanzaniawaterproject.org , we keep placing new wells. There’s more to come!
(and because you wondered, a $4500 donation covers a new well – raise it among your church, among your office, among your friends!)
Oh what joy fresh clean water brings to those in need. And once you see the beautiful smile below, hopefully you will feel the joy too. Our new well #28 was placed adjacent a dispensary (clinic) in a small village with dire need for fresh, clean and readily available water. This clinic serves people from all around the area. And having safe water will enhance its effectiveness immensely. Through another generous donation, the lives of these people have been forever changed. And you only need to see the heartfelt joy on the last two pictures of the opening celebration to understand the impact you have through donating to The Tanzania Water Project. Well 29, simply beautiful. www.tanzaniawaterproject.org
The “in a nutshell” short video linked below tells our story. Women in Tanzania spend a majority of their day acquiring water…bad, dirty and dangerous water. They can’t spend enough time with children, homes, meals, gardening, education, health and on and on. When you have to have water to live, if spending 8 or 10 hours a day getting it is what you do. They deal with shortages, disease and death on a frequent basis. But one clean-water well funded by YOU and placed by the TWP can change their world. Being well-intended means changing the entire social and family dynamic for an entire village. Being well intended means your $5000 donation can lift lives in a near-exponential manner. We’ve dramatically changed the lives of over 30,000 Tanzanians so far, through placing 32 wells at no cost to them. Being well intended in a lot other charities implies you meant to do good. Being well intended with the TWP means you changed the world.
More great well news to report! In April 2017, we received a generous donation from Waheeda Bharwani, a supporter of the WhyPAUSE.org charity group located in Dar es Salaam. Why PAUSE shares our passion for getting clean, safe water to those in need. The Tanzania Water Project selected a new site in the village of Pugu in the Ilala District outside Dar to receive this gift of water. Well drilling commenced on April 7th, and was completed on April 12th. We used our steadfast and trusty L300 portable drilling rig, placed an 8″ borehole, and located three separate aquifers as we went down to the final completion depth of 120 meters. The well is a good one…clean, clear, good taste and odorless water capable of yielding 2,000 liters per hour. The well head was completed, a structure to support the holding tank built, and finally, the well was dedicated and opened to the very appreciative locals. Check out the pictures, thats another long and messy project that has yielded another batch of happy smiles for folks in need. Well done, WhyPAUSE.org, thank you so very much Waheeda Bharwabi for trusting us with your funds, and great job Mahimbo Mkumbukwa and the TWP Drill Team for another productive well!
Well #29 Location: -6.89854180585951, 39.13015637432927
On June 27, another new well drilled by the Tanzania Water Project was dedicated and opened to use. We have the generosity of Mary MacGregor of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas (Houston) to thank for this new well in the village of Chamalale. Chamalale has 500 to 750 residents that did not have a fresh source of drinking water. Bishop Valentine Mokiwa blessed the new well and helped officiate the dedication to villagers who were extremely happy. The women of Chamalale waited patiently until Mary MacGregor ceremonially cut the ribbon and turned on the tap for the first time, and then could not stop smiling.
To date, the Tanzania Water Project has brought fresh water to an estimated 30,000 to 35,000 people, but they need your help. After the recent flurry of activity and needed maintenance on the drilling equipment, there’s only enough funds for one or two more new wells in the operating account. One hundred percent of all donated funds go towards clean, fresh water in Tanzania – there are no general or administrative costs and the only expenditures not directly related to drilling have been for some travel to monitor operations. Please consider giving your tax deductible donation today!
The Tanzania Water Project: You donate. We drill. They get clean water. You change lives.
My goodness it’s messy, dirty, muddy work putting in a new water well! The immediate and seemingly endless byproduct is MUD. Lots and lots of mud. The team builds drainage ditches to channel it away form the borehole. They dig small retention holes to keep it handy for re-use as needed. And obviously…splashes around in it pretty substantially. If they were little kids…they’d be having the biggest and funnest mud fight of their lives! Its always struck us as an odd juxtaposition: to get clean safe water, you have to get downright filthy in dirty water. But so they do, our team of dedicated drillers and the local volunteers that make it all happen. This Mud Bath brought to you by Well #30, in Mihugwe.
Along with the rig, and muscle and water…you have to have plenty of gravel to complete the new water well. Mercifully, this we bring in with our project pickup truck. But thats a lot of weight to move around. Water is heavy. Gravel is heavy. Without the local volunteers pitching in, we’d never get a well placed. Its heavy lifting, hard work, and very dirty work too. Which makes getting the ultimate output of clean, safe water even better! Everyone will need a thorough shower. This is a gravel dump for Well #30 at Mihugwe.
Its the same problem villagers face everyday, but for a different cause finally. To put in a water well, you need a big supply of water, to support the drilling activities. So one pre-drilling step is to bring in enough water so the drilling operation can commence and run through to completion. And it takes a LOT of water to put in a well. But, with relief in sight, villagers are happy to volunteer their efforts to get the needed water. A few days of drilling, and hopefully that daily repeating “water in buckets brought in on foot from miles away” cycle finally ends.
The onsite TWP drilling team prepares to place Well #30. Yep…number thirty (we’ll post about wells 28 & 29, which are already in, later). The site is the village of Mihugwe. You’ll note plenty of “green” around. But green doesn’t = available fresh, clean and safe water. It does suggest a good water table to work with though. Next…drill down to find it.