The largest country in Eastern Africa, Tanzania lies between the African Great Lakes and the Indian Ocean, covering 365,756 square miles and home to Africa’s lowest point, Lake Tanganyika and the highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. Over one third of Tanzania’s land is set aside for protected conservation areas, made up primarily of 16 national parks. The national language is Swahili, but 100 other languages are also spoken, the most linguistically diverse in East Africa. Despite the diverse beauty of it’s landscape, approximately 44.9 million of its 51.8 million citizens live below the poverty line. Tanzania ranks No. 151 out of 188 countries on the 2017 Human Development Index report.
The Water Crisis in Tanzania
Tanzania is home to over 51 million people, with 70% of it’s residents living in rural areas and only 44% of rural residents with access to an improved water source. 23 million people do not have access to safe water, nearly half of the Tanzania population. 44 million lack access to appropriate sanitation causing over 3,000 deaths per year from waterborne illness in children under five.
The Water4 solution in Tanzania
Water4 started partnering with Mighty Men Well Drilling Supply Company in 2016. The name “Mighty Men” was inspired by King David’s Mighty Men in 2 Samuel 23, and was started by partners of Empowering Lives International in 2013. Nine employees make up the team, Yokobo, Kisula, Dotto, Ibrahim, Shuka, George, Ngosha, Lawerence, Amos Ndalahwa, Daudi and Andrew. The team has completed 12 water projects in the past three years and are focusing on installing water systems in 20 schools in 2018, believing that schools are a way to have the most impact because of the opportunity to empower the next generations. The average water project in Tanzania costs $8,000, impacting 600-700 lives per well. Mighty Men Drillers have a strong focus to share the Gospel with each community they work in and implement this practice throughout the water project process.
Info from Wikipedia and WaterAid