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Tanzanian borehole drilled

Posted by Steve Hall on September 12

Isuka Primary School is located in Isuka village within the Kilolo district of Iringa, Tanzania. The school has 346 students from nursery to standard seven and 8 teachers/staff members. Isuka faced the challenge of not having access to safe water for daily use. Students would fetch polluted water from unsafe streams and small rivers that pass near the school. This made life very difficult for the students as they would spend a lot of their time fetching water causing them to miss important lessons and valuable class time. The students and teachers were also always at risk of illness due to waterborne disease.

Project implementation
St. Paul Partners (our implementing partner) goal was to provide quality, clean/safe water to Isuka Primary School to improve the quality of life for students, teachers and neighbors around the school. Representatives from St. Paul Partners traveled to Isuka Primary School and worked with the school administration to identify a suitable location for a borehole well with hand pump. The project included the furnishing of all materials and labor required during drilling.

Borehole well a success!
This well was drilled, flushed and tested to the standards of St. Paul Partners. A hand pump was successfully installed on the well and is functioning extremely well. Laboratory testing was conducted on the water from the borehole and meets Tanzanian water standards for domestic use. It was clear of any contamination and had good mineral levels. To ensure sustainability of the project, WASH training was conducted at the Isuka Primary School. This training aimed to strengthen the school and villages sense of ownership of the well and taught them how to properly use the hand pump and perform routine maintenance/repairs as necessary. The school promises to take good care of the well. The well was drilled near the Isuka Primary School within Isuka village, with GPS coordinates of 8° 02.810’S and 35° 48.434’E.

Thanks to the following for supporting this well!
– Global Communications Academy, CT
– Varsity Lakes Middle School, FL

 

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