Clean Water in Tanzania

Join John Mark McMillan and Compassion International in raising money to provide clean water for a community in Tanzania. One billion people worldwide struggle to find clean water on a daily basis and your contribution can help reduce that number for those living in a rural community in Tanzania.

One Compassion project in serious need of clean water is project TZ-814, the FPTC Kisaki Student Center in Kisaki, Tanzania. Kisaki is a community of 46,000 people in the Singada region of Tanzania, one of the most impoverished and drought-afflicted parts of the country. Residents of Kisaki live in homes made of dirt, adobe and thatched leaves, and primarily sustain themselves by farming maize, beans and potatoes. Jobs are scarce in the area, and unemployment is estimated at a staggering 98%. The average household income among families of Compassion children in Kisaki is just $3 a month.

Lack of clean water makes an already difficult situation even more desperate. The only sources of water are distant and unprotected wells located 2 to 3 kilometers away, requiring families (mostly young girls) to spend 2 to 3 hours each day fetching water. This is more than just an inconvenience; it also takes time away from schoolwork and other household chores. The water available is of poor quality, and is no doubt the reason why waterborne disease accounts for 82% of the medical issues seen in Compassion children at TZ-814 and two other nearby projects.

Fortunately, there is a relatively simple solution to the numerous problems caused by the lack of clean water in Kisaki. The planned solution involves three main components. First, a well will be drilled to a depth deep enough to access uncontaminated water. Second, elevated storage tanks will be installed to store clean water and enable water to be distributed by gravity alone, without the need for electricity. The final stage of the project involves creating a distribution point for the drinking water and a hygienic place for children and others to wash up