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Tanzanian NGO Partners with Water For All Print E-mail

Water For All collaborates with local and international partners on site selection, education and training in hygiene, sanitation and other activities inked to water. In Tanzania, we are fortunate to partner with Sanitation and Water Action (SAWA), an NGO with rich expertise and experience of national professionals in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. SAWA is assisting Water For All with the identification of schools and communities which need a water supply in the Dar Es Salaam Region of Tanzania.†

Charles Zacharia, a founder of SAWA, his Tanzanian colleagues have worked for or with WaterAid, Plan International, Concern World Wide, Oxfam, UNICEF and others. He said that he wanted to work with Water For All because its "mission and objectives are in line with of that of SAWA to support the needy and marginalized with WASH services."† Zacharia also said that working with Water For All is different than working with other NGOs because, "the project is hinged on cost effectiveness and considering sustainability of installed facilities for the realization of long impacts to target communities."†

SAWA has supported a considerable number of solar driven Mono pumps in Dar es Salaam specifically for deep boreholes in semi and arid-areas in Tanzania. According to Zacharia, a smaller percentage of Tanzanians accesses improved water services compared to other Sub-Saharan countries, and low functionality of water facilities, sustainability uncertainties contribute to the challenge.

Zacharia said that what makes Water For Allís Sun pumps unique and viable in particular areas of Tanzania is that "Most of the areas in Tanzania are not connected with power and therefore solar powered technology has gained popularity due to its low operation and maintenance compared to other technologies."