Mbulu District, Tanzania

About the project

Project Waterfall’s biggest project to date took place in the Mbulu district of Tanzania with our partners WaterAid, which we funded in its entirety.  The project targeted the most marginalized and vulnerable communities in the region, which included the Hadzabe tribe (hunters and honey gatherers), and the Barbaig tribe (pastoralists).  It also focused on people who are disproportionately affected by water scarcity: women, children, and the poorest people in the communities.  

the solution

Over four years, this project changed the lives of 10,280 people by bringing clean water to four different villages.  

Clean drinking water and sanitation

With the construction of a 6.8 km gravity scheme, installation of three water points, fitting of 2 new tube wells with hand pumps, rehabilitation of 1 borehole, and the refurbishment of 1 shallow well, 3,683 people living in Masqaroda, Endalachi now have access to clean water. 

Both Yaeda Chini primary school and Yaeda Chini secondary school have received access to safe water, resulting in higher attendance levels.  Additionally, the Yaeda Chini water dispensary is now active. 

One domestic water point and one cattle trough have been built for the Endalchi village.  A fence was constructed around the water source to avoid contamination from people or animals. 

A large storage tank with a 12 km distribution line and two domestic water points was completed, bringing clean water to the Mongo wa Mono village upstream.  They also have a separate trough for their cattle, ensuring that animals and humans are not sharing the same water source. 

In the last six months of the project, four water points and 4 boreholes with hand pumps were constructed for the Masquarado, Mewadani and Endalti villages.

Community members were assisted in making household toilets to ensure greater levels of sanitation.

Sustainability and education

A Water User Association (WUA) and five Community Owned Water Supply Organisations (COWSOs) were formed to manage community water supplies.  The COWSOs manage the financials of community contributions and all members have been registered and trained under one governing constitution. 

Communities have access to meetings that give awareness training on hygienic practices, focusing on hand washing and keeping their water sources clean.  8 pump artisans have received training on how to detect leakage in the water pumps, and how to maintain water infrastructures.

Most importantly, communities have been made aware of their right to clean water and the benefits this brings.

the future

After this project’s completion in March of 2014, we have gone onto fund a variety of other incredible clean water initiatives in Africa and Central America.  We continue to have a partnership with WaterAid, and look forward to our future collaboration.  If you are interested in supporting projects like this one, contact us at The Allegra Foundation to get involved.