It Can Be Done! is focusing its initial efforts and resources on a clean water system for the people of Uru, at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. This rain forested region lies above the town of Moshi and encompasses 12 villages set on low mountainous terrain. Our goal is to support clean water access and distribution to the approximately 30,000 people in this area.
Women and children suffer greatly from the lack of access to clean water. They climb and walk 2 to 5 hours a day on precariously steep trails, carrying water in 5 gallon buckets on their heads. Many resort to collecting water that runs down the mountain in the open furrows designed for irrigation or drainage. These furrows become polluted from pesticides as well as human and animal contaminants, with waterborne diseases being common and severe.
We are focusing our resources and initial efforts on an immediate relief plan for clean water access in Uru East, Uru North and Uru South covering a total population of 41,397 people, in Moshi rural district, Tanzania. Our goal is to assist the Uru people by drilling water bore holes. Water from these deep water wells will be piped to schools, clinics and community/church centers, for maximum immediate impact.
Phase One includes comprehensive geophysical surveys at each proposed site, contributed and completed by surveyors from the Pangani River Basin Project and donated by the Tanzanian National Government. Detailed plotting of each site for elevation and placement of tanks, recommended pipes and pumps, access to electricity, and material cost quotations have been provided and completed by the DDCA (Drilling and Dam Construction Agency), executive agency under the Tanzanian Minister of Water. Drilling and well construction began in August 2010, resulting in our ‘first water’ from the Kimocholo Borehole in Uru East.
The development and construction of this sustainable, clean water distribution system, via bore holes, will have immediate and far-reaching effects for the hard working people of Uru. Children will be able to attend school regularly. Women’s workloads will be lightened, allowing them greater personal dignity and time to pursue additional means of income. Everyone will enjoy radically improved health with the reduction of water-related illnesses. Our first WATER WELL at Kimocholo has produced a record breaking volume of water… a true MIRACLE WELL… capable of supplying clean drinking water for 5000+ people in Uru East, once the piping/reservoirs are constructed. $10.00 buys 10 feet of pipe for water distribution. CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW!
This immediate relief plan for clean water access in Uru is being coördinated with the active assistance of local and national Tanzanian Government Officials, the Tanzanian NGO — The Global Volunteer Programs Kilimanjaro, Uru Ward and Village leaders. Many Tanzanian citizens are volunteering their time and skills, along with numerous American volunteers, to benefit the Uru people. Founded in coöperation and unity, The Uru Water Borehole Project fosters greater cultural understanding and true global community… to benefit us all.
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