Mwanzi Primary is a nursery through standard-seven government school located in Kilolo district of Iringa, Tanzania. The school has an enrollment of 227 students (126 girls/101 boys) and 7 teachers/staff members. As with many villages and schools in Iringa, the lack of safe water for Mwanzi School is a major problem.
Students are expected to fetch a bucket of water in the morning on their way to school, which doesn't last long. Several times throughout the day, they are forced to walk 3 km's to a small river to fetch unsafe water. Students typically end up spending more time fetching water and recovering from waterborne illness than they do studying, leading to poor performance on their exams. The school desperately needs access to safe water in order to meet their needs for drinking, washing hands, cooking and cleaning.
The overall objective of this project is to provide access to clean water for the students at Mwanzi Primary School. Our implementing partner, St. Paul Partners (SSP), will install a borehole well with a hand pump located directly on the school compound. This will ensure students have access to enough safe water which will lead to more time in the classroom studying. Access to safe water will also have significant impacts on the health of the students, teachers and neighbors around the village.
H2O for Life is not a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project implementer. We have partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) implementing WASH in Schools projects around the world. Our NGO partners match funds needed for each school project. We also have a generous donor that provides us with an interest-free loan that, along with matching funds, allows for many projects to be started or possibly even completed before total funds have been raised. In rare situations we reserve the right to reallocate funds to alternate project(s).
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