Improving Education by Improving Access to Water

The Tanzania Partnership Program is working to improve the access to and quality of water in our partner communities. In Naitolia, a village in northern Tanzania, most people get their water by digging in sandy riverbeds during the dry season. The closest borehole is located 8 kilometers from the village, but has become inoperable due to collapsed pipes. TPP is working to help bring a permanent, safe source of drinking water to Naitolia


African woman balancing a water pail on her head and carrying a full water container with children following her.

Improving Access to Quality Water (2.5 minutes, ~15MB)

Transcript and Video Description

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[Image] Woman carrying water on top of her head followed by children.

The Tanzania Partnership Program is working with villages to improve the access to and quality of water.

In Naitolia, a village in northern Tanzania, most people get their water by digging in sandy riverbeds during the dry season.

[Image] Tanzanians digging in dry riverbed for water.

[Image] Dug hole with partially filled water bucket beside it.

[Image] Multiple men and women standing in dry riverbed.

The closest borehole is located 8 kilometers from the village, but has become inoperable due to collapsed pipes.

TPP is working with local government and villages to help bring a permanent, safe source of drinking water to Naitolia.

[Image] Woman with child carrying bucket on her head.

At the request of the head teacher, TPP purchased water for the school as a short-term solution.

As soon as water was available at the school, the community was able to re-initiate a school feeding program.

[Image] Line of children waiting to have their bowls filled with a scoop full of food.

[Image] Another picture of same line of children showing about 30 waiting to have bowls filled.

As a result, over 450 students are receiving a meal at school.

Attendance has risen and students were able to focus more on their exams.

[Image] Children eating meals in a classroom.

The school received the second highest pass rate in the District.

The former Prime Minister came to personally congratulate the students.

[Image] Classroom of smiling children.

[Image] Child eating from bowl of food.

This video made possible by:

Tanzania Partnership Program, Michigan State University.

Compiled by Britt Larson.