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Mwatisi Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project - Tanzania

Mwatisi Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project - TanzaniaLocation
Mwakaleli, Busokelo District, Tukuyu, Mbeya Region, Tanzania

Community Description
Mwatisi Secondary School is located in Busokelo District in Mwakaleli, Tukuyu, between the Livingstone and Rungwe mountain ranges, approximately three hours away from Mbeya town.

The school is a government- and community-owned day school, so funds are collected mainly from the community and the government of Tanzania.

The school community and board members consist of students, teachers, administrative staff, cooks, guards, carpenters, wardens, community leaders, and parents of students.

Mwatisi Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project - TanzaniaProblem Addressed
Students and teachers at the school need water every day for cooking and drinking. Currently, non-potable water comes from a tap on the school grounds and is disinfected by boiling. However, the tap runs dry for months at a time during the dry season (with a rainfall average of only 13 cm). Students are taken out of class to walk at least two kilometers to fetch water from the closest spring or the river, which is contaminated with debris and bacteria.

With low access to clean water, students resort to drinking unsafe water. Practically every day, at least one sick student is sent home.

There is an average of over 60 cm of rainfall during the rainy season, but there is no capacity for water storage.

Project Description
This project is to build a rainwater catchment system at the school.

The system will consist of two 5,000 L plastic SIM tanks installed on concrete stands, a guttering system on the classroom buildings, and piping to connect the components of the system.

Mwatisi Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project - TanzaniaA committee that has been established to oversee the project, with membership including school board and community members as well as the skilled workers who will implement the project.

The concrete stands will be built at two corners of two different classroom buildings of the school. Gutters will be installed on two sides of each building. The gutter system will be made by bending aluminum roofing material to direct the water into the tanks.

The implementation will include the purchasing and transporting of materials to the school (within 1-2 weeks), construction of the tank stands and roof gutter system (within 1-2 weeks depending on the weather), and installation of tanks and water taps at the bottom of the tanks (within less than a week). There will be a day during installation and a day after the installation for an assembly to train students and teachers on the usage, conservation, and importance of water.

The tanks will be purchased from Mbeya town (3 hours away from the village) and transported by a lorry from Mbeya to Kandete village (in Mwakaleli), and then to the school.

The school’s carpenters and construction workers will be responsible for building the tank stands, installing the tanks and roof and gutter system, and for repairs and maintenance.

The community will provide transportation of all materials to the school, gravel for the stand construction, a portion of the tank costs and labor costs.

Water Charity funds will pay the remainder for the purchase of the tank, materials, and labor costs.

Over the course of the rain season, which usually lasts about four months at a time (February to May), the tanks will be filled. The water will not require chemical treatment or boiling, but will be filtered to remove residual debris.

After the system is completed, the committee will evaluate the project and maintain the improvements through periodic checks on the tanks' water levels, cleanliness, and repairs when needed.

Project Impact
Over 500 people in the school community, including the project committee, school administrators, staff members, teachers, cooks, guards, and students, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Belle Archaphorn

The project will make water available during the entire dry season, thereby reducing the frequency of illness caused by drinking unclean water and decreasing the amount of time students spend out of the classroom fetching water.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date


Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you "naming rights", if that is something you would like.

Any contributions in excess of the Dollar Amount of Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

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School Toilet Construction Project – Tanzania

Woman Walking - TanzaniaThis project will provide latrines for 316 students at a village primary school in Tanzania. It is being administered by Peace Corps Volunteer J. Meigel, of New York.

School students currently do not have adequate sanitation facilities, relying on a drop toilet made of local organic materials, or going outside the school.

Tanzania LandscapeThe students, and the community as a whole, currently are impacted by various diseases caused by fecal-oral contamination. These include diarrhea, dysentery, intestinal worms, hepatitis, typhoid, and cholera. This is especially devastating to a people living with poor nutrition, a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, and impaired immune systems.

The project has the full support of the community, which has recognized the need for the latrines, but has been unable to do anything about it because of the lack of funds.

The Water Charity participation in this project has been fully funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Jessica Meigle of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Jessica and/or those other PCVs in the country of service.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

School Water Catchment and Piping Project – Tanzania

Tanzania MapLocated in central East Africa, Tanzania is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south, and the Indian Ocean on the East.

This is to reconstruct an existing water catchment tank that supplies water to one of the community’s two secondary schools. The current tank was poorly designed and is easily contaminated, and is currently a source of illness to the students. This project is the only means to provide the school with a dependable clean water source.

In addition to the reconstruction of the tank, a pipe will be built to the school. Then, piping will be run through the school, with valves to be placed in the kitchen, auditorium, toilet/shower room, clothes washing area, and garden.

Tanzania LandscapeThe community’s total contribution to the project is about 30%. A local business is providing transportation. The school is donating the money to purchase the sand, gravel, stone, connectors, and wire mesh.

The Headmaster of the school and Peace Corps Volunteer E. Myers are administering this project. A training course on water-borne diseases and water users’ rights and responsibilities will be given to the teachers and water board.

Future maintenance costs and labor will be provided through the school’s miscellaneous fund, thus assuring sustainability.

This project will provide safe water to 200 students of the school. It is an immediate high-impact low-cost solution to the critical needs of the school.

This project has been funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

Any additional donations using the Donate button below will be used to fund other projects by this PCV and/or other PCVs in this country.

This project has been completed. To read about the conclusion of this project, CLICK HERE.

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