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Support shallow wells drilling in Itagutwa Community, Tanzania

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Iringa Rural Development Initiative

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

Itagutwa village has a major problem. There is a shortage of reliable, sufficiently clean water for human consumption and other uses. There is a very big pressure on water resources in the village due to the fact that the number of water sources does not match with the number of people in the village which is ever-increasing.

Apart from that, the increasing pressure on other natural resources like tree for timber, charcoal, and firewood for tobacco agriculture has led to deforestation, in turn drying up the water sources.

The need for clean and reliable water for different activities in the village is reflected by the rate of water-borne diseases which the villagers suffer. According to the village’s dispensary’s clinical officer, people contact water borne diseases in the village due to consumption of unclean water fetched from pools and wells which are shared between animals and human beings.(Source: Village dispensary office)

Moreover, the village has few water sources which are not sufficient for their uses and their cattle. There are only two pools and two small seasonal springs which go dry during dry season (July –November). The situation compels people to wake up at as early as 4am in the morning to go to these two seasonal springs to get drinking water before it gets darkened by cattle and or before it goes dry due to high pressure.

What is your project and how will it help?

The aim of the project is to provide the villagers with safe, clean and reliable water throughout the year.

If fully implemented, the project will save time, money and other resources. Moreover, the project will benefit 3,771 people from all hamlets in Itagutwa village namely; Itagutwa, Mapululu, Mlenge and Kipengere.

The project will also benefit other neighboring villagers especially those living in border areas between Itagutwa and Kitapilimwa village which has the same water problem.

It’s likely that demonstrable results will be possible in the first few months after implementation.

The project objectives are:

•To buy back time which is spent by women in walking long distance to go fetch water from 30-50 minutes to 5-15minutes

•To reduce the rate of infection of water-borne disease like cholera, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea and typhoid by 60%.

•To ensure people get clean, reliable and sufficient water throughout the year by 100%.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

The support sought is the financial and non-financial resources to ensure the project is implemented.

People can partner with our organization in the following ways;

1. Provision of financial support
2. Volunteering at the project
3. Provision of material support e.g. machines, pumps, etc.
4. Technical support

Please detail the resources that you need.

The cost for drilling one shallow well
1. Transport 400,000 Tshs
2. Survey to determine the areas to drill the wells 400,000 Tshs
3. Actual drilling of the well 5,400,000 Tshs
4. Cost of drilling one well 6,200,000 Tshs
5. Cost for drilling 4 Wells 24,800,000 Tshs

(USD 100 = 160,000 Tshs)

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Partnership types

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Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Tanzania (United Republic of)

Global issues

Water and related ecosystems


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