Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Water Missions International expands its capacity to impact communities in Tanzania with sustainable, comprehensive safe water solutions by establishing a country program, Water Missions International - Tanzania.
The program, which is headquartered in Dar es Salaam, serves as the field office for all safe water projects within Tanzania and potential projects in surrounding nations. Tanzania is Water Missions International’s 10th country program. The other countries served by Water Missions International country programs include Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Belize and Indonesia.
“Tanzania is a natural choice for Water Missions International to establish another country program,” said Water Missions International founder and CEO George Greene III, PE, PhD. “It connects the geographic gap between our existing country programs in Africa, and also presents a great need for sustainable safe drinking water solutions that we feel Water Missions International is positioned to address.”
The country provides a great opportunity for Water Missions International to expand its TradeWater program, a management model designed for communities that lack the necessary capacity to maintain a community-managed safe water solution. Solar-powered treatment systems will also be featured as they are the ideal solution for rural Africa.
“Our donors have expressed a deep desire to begin serving the people of Tanzania in a greater capacity, and the technology and treatment options we can bring are sustainable for their culture and environment,” said Greene. “With the addition of Water Missions International - Tanzania, we will have the ability to provide more infrastructure and resources in Africa to continue expanding our work there. Additionally, there is great opportunity to continue to develop partnerships with other local non-governmental organizations and mission groups working in that area.”
To establish a country program, Water Missions International looks for a great physical need for water and sanitation solutions, as well as availability of funding to facilitate a long-term commitment to the country by employing full-time native staff in country and providing ongoing support.
Water Missions International originally began work in Tanzania in 2002 with a community-based safe water project and has since provided engineering consultation. Currently the organization has three safe water projects in progress. The first shipment to Water Missions International - Tanzania will take place in the beginning of December and will include solar panels, pumps, treatment equipment and supplies to stock the program for projects.
To learn more about Water Missions International - Tanzania, visit www.watermissions.org/tanzania.