PROJECT WATERFALL:UK COFFEE WEEK
In our post ‘What is UK Coffee Week?‘ we touched upon Project Waterfall and how it ‘aims to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in African coffee-growing countries.’ With UK Coffee Week fast approaching, this post is going to tell you a little more on where funds raised will go.
THE CURRENT SITUATION
Currently, only 54% of people living in Tanzania have access to clean, safe water, plaguing thousands of lives. Almost 21,000 children under five die every year of diarrhoeal diseases, as a direct consequence of dirty water and poor sanitation. The main aim of Project Waterfall is to create better conditions so that more and more people are freed from the shackles of dirty water sources.
WHERE WILL THE PROJECT TAKE PLACE AND WHO WILL BE CARRYING IT OUT?
The project will take place in Mbulu District, a rural area where marginalised and often tribal communities live. Mbulu District has been identified among the most in need of improved water supply. UK Coffee Week have teamed up with the Charity WaterAid and WaterAid’s local partner organisation, Diocese of Mbulu Development Department (DMDD). The goal of Project Waterfall is to target the most vulnerable groups in the Mbulu District: the Hadzabe tribe and the Barbaig tribe. However, it is not just them who will profit from the project, with other groups in surrounding areas also benefitting, emphasis being placed on women, the poor, and the disadvantaged.
HOW IS PROJECT WATERFALL GOING TO IMPROVE THE CURRENT SITUATION?
Project Waterfall’s overall aim is to address the issue of water supply sustainability. This is done by providing equipment to facilitate access to clean water and by training the Hadzabe and Barbaig communities to use and maintain them.
Since 2011, the Project has given approximately 3,638 people access to clean and safe water through different methods such as the rehabilitation of boreholes and wells and the construction of a 6.8 km gravity scheme with three water points. The impact of the Project cannot be underplayed, with thousands of lives being transformed.
Project Waterfall has greatly enhanced the lives of women and children, who spend on average two hours a day collecting water, saving them more than 50% of the time they would normally use on this activity.
The project strives to improve more lives and connect more people to clean water. None of the work done so far would have been possible without the contributions from consumers, sponsors and supporters of UK Coffee Week. However, more needs to be done, so please have a think about donating some money to the cause. Click here for info on ways you can donate.