No More Dirty Water
Orphans Africa (OA) is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt charitable organization that began in 2007 with the coming together of three ordinary people whose desire was to build peace between nations by providing assistance to those who are most vulnerable.
Clean water is a major need in developing nations and our schools and students are no different. Contaminated water can cause devastating diseases as well as negatively impact academic performance and school attendance.
In order to provide clean water, I, with a little help from Google and YouTube, devised a low-cost, easy-to-construct water purification system using plastic 5-gallon buckets along with commercially available specialized water filters from the U.S. This simple drip-through equipment was implemented in 2013 with great success at all four of our school locations.
The past two trips to Tanzania show that these purification systems are still functioning well and providing the students with good, clean water to drink. However, these systems can only provide a limited amount of clean water per day and they are only intended as an interim source until a time when a more permanent system could be installed. A school of almost 200 people, including students, teachers and staff such as our Mwaji Secondary School, easily overwhelms a few 5-gallon bucket filters. Clean water consumption is more than just drinking water. Mwaji Secondary’s girls’ dormitory, kitchen and dining hall, science laboratory, OA House, and additionally planned construction projects all need clean water and a much larger supply. The bucket filters also relied on the students cranking water in a bucket from a hand-dug well or gathering water from a creek several hundred yards away and carrying it up to the school buildings. The water supply in the existing hand-dug well greatly diminishes during the dry months and is insufficient for operating a large school.
This past spring, with the generous funds raised from the recent 2016 OA auction, we had enough funds to have a deep bore well drilled that is now providing sufficient water to meet these increased needs and the water is now available at the girl’s dormitory, OA House, kitchen and dining hall, main campus, and the science laboratory. The well produces 12.6 gallons per minute! Since it is a deep bore well, the water is safe to drink without needing a purification system. In addition, a water line was dug to the nearby neighbor that had donated a part of their land to the school.
The OA team visited the Mwaji School this past September and witnessed the well in use and the benefit of ample clean water to the school. This well is a wonderful and much needed improvement at Mwaji and would not have been possible without your generosity. Asante sana for this amazing gift!
-Article written by Dave Skoor.