Residents will no longer need to walk miles to avoid contaminated water.
A nonprofit entity that combines efforts at water access, improved agriculture and community engagement in sub-Saharan Africa has brought its innovations to an 18th community.
Water 4 Mercy has created a supply of fresh water for the Ausia village in Kondoa, Tanzania, a remote location that during dry seasons necessitated long walks for its 3,000 or so residents to retrieve uncontaminated water.
“In the process of getting this tainted water, it is common that women, who are traditionally tasked with water retrieval for the home, hurt themselves, are attacked by animals and in many cases raped,” said the nonprofit.
The project began in 2023 in collaboration with its partner group, Innovation: Africa. Water 4 Mercy tapped an aquifer to provide fresh water and installed solar panels to operate the pumps.
Nermine Khouzam Rubin, founder and CEO of Water 4 Mercy, noted that “this work would not be possible without the collaboration of our partners at Innovation: Africa, CultivAid and the Don Bosco Technical Institutes, as well as the donations of our patrons.”