This project envisages raising funds for the construction of wells in north-eastern Tanzania, Tanga Region, Handeni district, Konje area, Antakae village. Beneficiaries: 3,000 people living in extreme poverty in the Konje area, especially in the village of Antakae. The people of Antakae village have 2 water sources:
– a dug hole they call a ‘lake’
– a well that functions only in the rainy season (it is a shallow dug hole in the ground with subcutaneous water whose capacity is not sufficient).
There is a huge problem in the rainy season because the rains have destroyed the “lake”. At the moment, there is no water source other than rainwater. People get water from straw roofs – together with the dust and dirt from the leaves from which the roof is made. They create such pseudo-gutters. When the rainy season ends, the access to water will also end. Water transport: residents have to walk for about one hour one way to supply the household. Together with the Children of Africa Foundation, we run the “Clean Water” project.
In cooperation with the association, we are planning to create a hygiene and sanitation facilities near the well that has been built, enabling the inhabitants of Antakae village and nearby villages to have access to a qualified nurse and hygienist, educated through Polish training on site in Tanzania. This qualified nurse will organize in the medical aid stations informational training for the local population on how maintain hygiene practices and avoid contact with dangerous bacteria. The facility will be developed and supervised by the foundation until the level of knowledge of the local population allows them to take care of the created infrastructure themselves.
Hydrological survey confirmed that a well can be drilled in the place designated by the hydrologist.
A visit to Tanzania where the well is to be built confirmed the scale of the problem of the lack of access to treated water.
During the small rainy season that begins in mid-November and continues through the first days of December, rainfall allows villagers to collect rainwater into buckets and larger tanks (if they have any). Like any standing water, it deteriorates after a short time at high temperature. Since there is no other water within 100 km, the inhabitants are forced to drink the only water they have, regardless of microbes developing in it. For one, usually 8-person family, there is approximately 90 litres of water per day for the entire household. This water is used for drinking, washing, doing laundry and cooking.
Therefore, there is 10 litres of water per person per day, and we are still talking about untreated water, full of parasites and bacteria which do not die even after boiling.
One of the most dangerous diseases caused by dirty water and by water entering the human body is Bilharziasis (Schistosomiasis), the symptoms of which can occur many weeks after the infection. Its symptoms are non-specific: fever, cough, abdominal pain, diarrhoea. Sometimes there is an infection of the central nervous system; cerebral granulomatosis, spinal cord granulomatosis. Prolonged infection may cause fibrosis in the affected organs which leads to intestinal polyposis with bloody diarrhoea, portal hypertension with bloody vomiting.
The most serious course of the disease often leads to death within a few years. Alongside malaria, this disease is the biggest problem not only in Tanzania, but in almost the entire African continent.
The only solution is to drink clean bottled water. This, however, is not available to most people in rural areas, due to a lack of money, too long distances (for some people it is even several hundred kilometres) to the cities where it can be bought.
For the inhabitants of Logoyeti, organizations like ours are the only hope for a life free from parasitic and bacterial diseases that plague them as a result of consuming dirty water.
Each meter of the well is PLN 240. Each donation brings Tanzanians from Logoyeti and the surrounding villages closer to health.
While being in a missionary outpost of Fr. Marek Gizicki, I visited the local primary school. It is a government school that employs teachers. For the school to exist, a house for a government teacher must be built. The school itself and the materials for students are not sufficiently subsidised by the authorities. The school in Oltotoi received governmental support by receiving funding for the roof. The rest of the investment rested on the shoulders of the parents. They managed to erect walls so that they could benefit from government funding for the roof. However, there is no more money for floors and windows, not to mention furniture and teaching materials.
The local population is very poor. The use of means of payment in villages is rare because there is no labour market there. Their only possessions are cows and goats (and not every family’s) which they sell in a more difficult situation, for example, to buy a coursebook.
The cost of coursebooks for one 30-person class is about 5,000 PLN.
Windows, doors and flooring for school is 6,500 PLN.
Let us help raise funds for the pupils of the Oltotoi school for the floor, windows and doors.