Image: A tribesman walks across the Tanzanian savannah at sunset

Securing clean water for Helani Village, Tanzania

Little Giving Journal, November 2022 · 3 minute read

Waterfall have drilled a borehole and installed a pump and filter system to supply Helani Village in Tanzania with clean water, on behalf of Little Giving users.

Helani is a rural village located in Tanga, eight hours drive from Dar es Salaam. About 500 households (2,000 people) and a mosque benefit from the installation. The system can supply 10,000 litres of water a day and is built to last at least 20 years. A local company has been contracted to maintain the installation.

Members from Waterfall’s UK office traveled to Tanzania to oversee the work.

Before the well was installed, women would collect water from riverbeds and ponds. When water couldn’t be found or the quality was very poor, women would have to walk for miles to source useable water. The typical household income in Helani is £300 a year (about 80p a day).

Women would fill these buckets with murky water from rivers and ponds and carry them to the village

Image: Women would fill these buckets with murky water from rivers and ponds and carry them to the village

Contractors use a drilling rig to bore for water

Image: Contractors use a drilling rig to bore for water

Women gather to collect clean water from the new installation

Image: Women gather to collect clean water from the new installation

Children playfully inspect the new installation

Image: Children playfully inspect the new installation

You can contribute to clean water projects by selecting Waterfall as one of the charities you give to daily on Little Giving.

Waterfall is a charity based in Leicester (1140634), that works in Tanzania. They dig and maintain boreholes, water pumps and build facilities for sanitation. They also distribute food and sponsor a number of locally run schools. They can be contacted at [email protected].

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Note: Faces have been blurred to preserve the dignity of recipients.