The Tanzanian team manages the in-country aspects of the TWP. This includes stewardship of the drilling rig and supplies, managing the drilling team and navigating governmental requirements. They identify potential water well sites by assessing the water needs and the willingness of a targeted community to cooperate with the processes and procedures of the TWP.
Bishop Valentine Mokiwa
Bishop Mokiwa gave a Lenten talk at Christ Episcopal Church in Nacogdoches, Texas on February 29, 2012. His presentation on the needs in his home country inspired a group of people to start raising money to buy a drilling rig to send to Africa. We didn’t know it at the time, but that speech was the beginning of the Tanzania Water Project.
When he gave the speech, Mokiwa was Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Tanzania. His term as Archbishop has ended, and now Mokiwa is Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Dar es Salaam, home to over one million Anglicans in Tanzania. Bishop Valentine’s vision and support are among the primary reasons why this project is successful.
Tanzanian Drill Team Lead
Another big reason for our success in Tanzania is sourcing local labor and talent to perform the site identification, logistics work and ultimately supervise the drilling of new wells. The drill team lead also identifies villages which need clean water systems, then enlists their help to achieve that goal.