1. Establish programmes aimed at provision of clean water and improved nutrition to all by using locally available resources;
2. Provide clean water, promote sanitation, hygiene and use of health care facilities;
3. Address issues related to HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases through campaigns for preventive measures, treatment and vaccinations;
4. Build a programme for sexual education and family planning;
The WATER Project
Without water, we don't exist.
Currently, there are no sources of potable water within miles of Orkisima Village. What does the community do to survive?
Maasai traditions dictate that while men are out gathering food, it is the woman's job to fetch water. Currently, girls (7 to 18 years old) and adult women have to walk about 9 miles (14.5 Km) to find the nearest source of water, which is not even safe to drink. This distances take up to 3 hours of their day to collect and come back. Aside from the physical labour and strength it takes to carry the water back to the village, girls are missing school more often than boys and have issues in their academic performance due to tiredness from performing this task to help their mothers.
The nearest water source is a lake, which doesn't have potable water. The bacteria formed in these waters causes diseases to the community members, since this is what they use for cooking, cleaning and drinking.
Buying potable water from outside sources is not sustainable. 1L of water can cost up to 1,000Tsh (£0.30p), the average income per family in the village is around Tsh 16,000 (£5) per week. This means that if they buy 2L of water per day, just for essential drinking for a family of 6. (about 1.2cups of water per person) they would be spending TZS 14,000 which equals to 88% of their income just in staying hydrated.
Most families have 12 or more members, and they cannot even afford to think of purchasing water from external stores.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP?
ISOMA Children has made this the number 1 priority. There is no life without water, and therefore no schools or education. This is an urgent need for the entire community at Orkisima.
We have partnered with Wild Spirit Fund (Non Governmental Organisation) to raise funds for bringing the necessary infrastructure to get water to the village.
Several organisations and consulting firms have helped us evaluate the best and most viable options to be able to bring clean water to the village. Although there are many different technologies and ideas out there, given the meteorological and geological conditions of the land at Orkisima Village, the best way to achieve this is by drilling a hole and extracting water through pumps.
These projects are costly but will be an investment to ensure the long term sustainability and success of Orkisima Village.
We need more than €13,000!
What will the funds be used for?
An article by Fabiola Quesada - Wildlife veterinary fieldwork + training Africa & Co-Founder of Wild Spirit Fund: Wildlife Conservation Medicine Foundation
Photos from the Lossimingory village, the images above show the only water left.
Our village is located in a migration transit area between Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks and Ngorongoro Protected Area in Tanzania. Please notice the elephant and other animals tracks on the mud of where the last drops of water remain.
This is a humanitarian emergency and a direct threat to wildlife. Water competition between humans and wildlife might bring encounters that can be fatal either way. Here is a clear example of the wildlife-human conflict, and how these desperate situations, if not managed correctly, can quickly incentivize poaching (illegal hunting of wild animals).
Situations like this show the urgency of a waterhole in the village.
The installation of a waterhole close to the school has a positive impact on many levels:
✓ Improving human health and nutrition
Clean water for drinking and cooking
Piped water for basic sanitation (face washing, toilets)
Water for the clinic
First school garden
Community water for crops
✓ Mitigation of human-wildlife conflict
Minimise the risk of encounters with wildlife at the open water hole
Having the crops in communal areas allow us to establish an efficient system to protect them against elephants and other herbivores.
We provide water; we help them preserve their food supply; they help us protect the elephants. The community understands the value of collaboration in wildlife conservation.
✓ Women's empowerment
Avoid the hard work of women and girls collecting water at a distant point.