PURE WATER JOY
As you walk through picturesque Nandanga, a rural village in the Mbeya region of Tanzania, you are treated to the stunning scenery of a network of simple houses constructed from cow dung-reinforced walls and straw thatched roofs, as well as a range of foothills in the outskirts of the village that mark the borders between Tanzania and its’ closest Southwestern neighbors, Zambia and Malawi. The people are friendly, and the children are gleefully rolling discarded bicycle rims from farm to farm to pass the time. A quiet life in this quaint community doesn’t seem half bad, you may be thinking. However, as you walk deeper into the village, you start to see a different side of Nandanga. The happy children playing with simple toys give way to unhappy looking youth, kneeling in a hole, termed “short well” to capture stored rain water for use at home. There are other water sources in the village with a higher volume of water, but this water is stagnant, and is a milky, cloudy color.
You start to hope that surely there must be a river nearby, or a well where more pure water can be found. Unfortunately, not in this village. And upon further research, Nandanga’s lack of water is not an isolated incident in the Tanzania. In fact, as of 2015, 23 million people living in Tanzania lack access to a clean water source and about 19 million of those people are living in rural areas, in villages just like Nandanga. Regrettably, the population living in water-stressed areas has doubled since 1990.
Fortunately, the story for Nandanga takes a positive turn. A serendipitous meeting between the founder of Pure Water Joy, a native of Nandanga, Keneth Simbaya and his current, U.S. based fundraising volunteer, Leah Fenimore, an American who briefly lived in Tanzania, resulted in a successful fundraiser campaign to drill and install a borehole well in the village, enabling the residents of Nandanga to, gratefully, pump the clean and safe groundwater below to the surface, providing a resource they had never seen in their lives. Several years on, the health and well-being of the Nandanga community has drastically improved. The physical health of its citizens is better than ever now that the rates of infection and death from cholera and other water-borne illnesses has dropped dramatically. More children are able to attend school and the village’s women are far safer from what used to be a constant threat of sexual assault upon leaving the village to find water elsewhere. Women are also now able to devote significantly more time to helping their children succeed and to developing their own entrepreneurial endeavors. Because of this new reality, Nandanga is truly thriving.
The transformation of Nandanga that Keneth watched unfold over several years inspired him to enroll in a college program to become a well technician and simultaneously work to create Pure Water Joy, now legally recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Tanzania. Pure Water Joy is ready to increase our reach from the one rural village of Nandanga, to the greater Tanzanian area. With your generous support, we will implement an elegant solution to provide the vital resource of clean water, and thus improved health, well-being and physical safety to millions of people in Tanzania. See the timeline below to discover how Pure Water Joy’s mission has evolved all due to the generous support from the American community!
Pure Water Joy has determined that the most cost-effective, sustainable and farthest-reaching solution to achieve our mission is to purchase a borehole drill machine as well as a vehicle to transport the drill to rural areas. Keneth is confident in his newly acquired knowledge of how to drill boreholes and maintain wells thanks to his Well Technician certificate from the community college in Mbeya. Once we procure the drill, Keneth will drill wells at cost for as much of the country as possible, initially focusing on rural areas in the Mbeya region and expanding from there. With continued support from the community, we hope to expand into other African countries as well. The at-cost monies required to drill and install a well will be covered by the collective contribution from residents of each village and/or from contributions from donors. To ensure the longevity of each well installed, Keneth will select a group of people in each village that Pure Water Joy serves whom he will train on proper well maintenance and repair, empowering the local communities to take care of their new freshwater source for decades to come. Keneth will also be reachable by phone should any questions or issues arise in the rural communities and will undertake follow-up visits to each village to ensure each well’s continued operation. Once Pure Water Joy’s drilling activities are fully underway, a long-term study will be initiated using data from the serviced villages to determine the impact providing clean water has on the health, physical safety and educational opportunities of each community. Data for the metrics mentioned above as well as water and soil quality data will be taken before wells are installed then every six months after installing a well for the first year and then yearly after that to monitor the effects of providing clean water to the rural villages. This data will be used to gauge Pure Water Joy’s success in carrying out its mission and results will be publicly published on the organization’s website.