All the way from New York City, clean water for Tanzania

Clean water is a gift New Yorkers take for granted, but it is not in Tanzania. Lack of clean water kills, especially children. Today, the Roosevelt Island, New York-based, J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International is doing something about it.

by David Stone

for Assorted Ideas, Large & Small

Clean Water for Tanzania – Maasai Well-Being

Puddle where village drinking water is currently pulled from.

“The first project of the J. Luce Foundation Tanzania and the second project of Orphans International Tanzania is a Well Pavillon 60m deep dug for a Maasai village of 3,000,” says Jim Luce, founder of the J. Luce Foundation. It operates out of offices on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

Featuring a host of running faucets from a 100,000 liter filtered tank, the project will be electrically powered and backed by solar energy. Phase I of the project generates clean drinking water for the community while Phase II will offer running water toilets and shower facilities in a safe environment.

Currently many villagers collect water from puddles and relieve themselves in the bush. Villagers walk many miles to get to clean water today. This project will be available to neighboring villages as well and serve as a prototype for international development.

J. Luce Foundation representative Sham Sila with children helped by its clean water project.
J. Luce Foundation Tanzania representative Sham Sila with Maasai children.

How many people become sick or die from the lack of clean water in Africa?

It is difficult to estimate how many people become sick or die from the lack of clean water in Africa, since this information is not always tracked. However, it is estimated that more than 1,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by drinking dirty water. In addition, many people suffer from other health problems due to drinking unclean water, such as parasites, respiratory illnesses, and skin diseases.

One of the main problems with clean water in Africa is that many people do not have access to it. In addition, those who do have access often do not have a reliable way to get clean water. This can lead to health problems, since people may be forced to drink dirty water or water that is contaminated with parasites or other contaminants.

One way to help address this problem is to provide people with access to clean water sources. This can be done through projects that install wells or water treatment plants, or by providing people with vouchers or credits that they can use to purchase clean water from local vendors.

Another way to help improve the situation is by raising awareness about the importance of clean water and good hygiene practices. This can be done through education campaigns that teach people about the risks of drinking dirty water, and how to properly wash their hands and bodies to prevent the spread of disease.


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