My first full day in Tanzania was great. The team traveled an hour and a half from the center of Dar Es Salaam to Mkamba Kizapara School in Mkuranga District. As stated in a previous post, the flushing of the well was completed a few days ago. Although it was a Saturday, the men were hard at work installing the solar panels on the new well. The lead engineer explained it takes roughly 1 1/2 weeks to install a solar well so they were right on schedule for completion.
While there we ran into a couple of school teachers who lived nearby. Coincidentally they were on their way to collect water so we followed them to their current water source. Along the walk the women were explaining to us that even though they trek through the bushes to get to the shallow well, there is no guarantee that there will be water inside of the well to collect.
They make the journey to the shallow well a couple times a day. After about 20 minutes of walking we reached the well. They showed us how to use the bucket to lower into the well to fetch the water. Although the water in the well was quite scarce, they were able to collect a bucket. The two women expressed their gratitude to African Reflections Foundation-The Village Heart, and Drilling for Hope for the new water well in the village.
They never thought the village would receive such an amazing gift which will open up many opportunities. As teachers, they can directly see the impact the easy access to clean water will have on the students of Mkamba as well as everyone in the village. We will be returning to Mkuranga in a couple of days to open the well with everyone in the village. It will be an amazing celebration!!
After leaving this school we traveled about an hour to another school. One of our solar panel wells was installed before but needed repairs so we checked on the progress. After greeting the workers, we peaked into some of the classrooms. There of course were no AC’s and no glass on the windows. Inside of the concrete structures, the classrooms were quite dark. There were dozens of desks lined up with wooden benches as chairs.
The chalkboards were old and broken but still had the math class work written from the previous day. The students were learning geometry and pre-calculus. Despite the teachers hard efforts to deliver the best lessons to the students, this is hindered by the lack of resources available for the students and children. On one of the walls were posted the students marks. Out of 40 students, the student with the highest average in the class has a total score of 38% out of 100%.
Without the distractions that are associated with the lack of water, children would be able to focus better and devout more time and energy into their studies thus advancing the generation.