Drilled Well in Tanzania
Secondary Schools in the Mara Region, Tanzania
The schools are located in rural communities of the Mara Region, western Tanzania near Lake Victoria. These water projects include the drilling of awell and installation of a hand pump and have benefited 1,000 students and teachers as well as 1,000 families that live in the surrounding communities. The boreholes took two weeks to complete, including the initial survey, drilling, water quality analysis, pump testing, slab construction and installation of the hand pump.
Besides the secondary schools, which serve the needs of several surrounding communities, the villages have a primary school. Only about 7% of the primary school graduates go on to secondary school for the lack of funding, the need to fulfill family responsibilities and for failure to meet academic requirements.
Almost all villagers speak Swahili along with their respective tribal languages. English is also spoken by a small percentage. Theoretically, secondary school education in Tanzania is conducted in English, but as a practical matter, it is often more Swahili than English.
Most villagers earn a living as subsistence farmers or cattle and goat herders. A very few operate small roadside stands selling basic goods like rice, maize, kerosene, soap, etc. The average per capita income is well below $1 per day.
Prior to this project, the students gathered water from a swamp on the school’s land. This water was not safe and was not a reliable supply of water for the school. During dry periods of the year the water level would decrease in the swamp, resulting in students bringing their own water from their homes or going without water during the day.
Women and children have the responsibility of searching for water for the family. This chore can remove children from school in order to fulfill this necessary chore. Looking for water is a laborious and time consuming task., which takes away opportunities to pursue education or business initiatives.
Water is important at a school, as students and teachers use it for drinking, brushing their teeth, washing their
hands and cooking their afternoon snack. Because of the water project, students and teachers at the Nyathorogo school now have access to water from a well. Having water available at the school will allow students to focus on their education throughout the day and not worry if they will have enough clean water.
Clean water will make students healthier, especially effecting younger children who are most susceptible to illness due to their fragile immune systems.