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Water For All Campaign
Engalaoni is a village of about 750 Masai people located high atop a hill outside of the city of Arusha. The one hour trip to the village takes us along difficult bumpy dirt roads and, at certain times of the year, the roads may be impassable, except by donkey. The only clean water source is one water tap located 7 miles from the center of the village. The Masai people are farmers and herders and depend upon rainfall to sustain them. Often though, they are left destitute because of drought. This past December and January, the villagers were devastated during the rainy season by unusually torrential rains, which left their crops damaged beyond repair and they were not able to harvest what they needed for their food supply. Because of this people are starving...and the dry season is coming. The forecast for that season is bleak this year, too. This leaves our friends to find water wherever they can. Drinking water from unknown sources leads to typhoid, disentary, sickness and death, especially for the youngest and oldest villagers.
In July 2019, during the dry season, the only tap in the village went dry. The tap is fed from the water runoff of Mt. Meru. This very unusual situation led us to place 4 sim tanks, which each holds 10.000 liters each, in the village. This water will only last the villagers for 2 months, at the most, if they use it wisely.
We have been in conversation with a water engineer, Mr. Shija Mlingwa, who has worked for World Vision. He sent out a team to get a detailed survey of the area to see where we could drill. He has assured us that he can access the hard to reach area with drilling equipment that can successfully dig the well we are so desperate to provide. Our prayer is that we will begin the well in the mid fall before the rainy season begins.
The deep well and filtration system is estimated to cost $12,700. Normally we would have our annual auction which would help us come close to attaining our fundraising goal, but we have had to postpone it. Unfortunately the need for water in Engalaoni can't be postponed. The need is even greater now than before. Caronavirus is in Tanzania as well. The Maasai have no funds for buying soap and no way to get clean water. Their only help is a permanent solution to the lack of water. Hopefully that can begin with us! Please donate if you can to our Water for All Campaign.