Gishaji Village Water Project
Shortly after the Rafiki Village Project was formed we asked the residents of Gishaji Village what they thought their most pressing need was. They agreed that what they needed most was clean water to use in their homes and in their primary school. They had been collecting water from an untreated source several miles from the village and using donkeys to carry it to their homes and school. The villagers understood the association between the untreated water they were using and many of the challenges they faced, such as diarrheal diseases, infant and childhood mortality and poor school attendance. For years they had dreamed of connecting the village to the treated public water system. However, they never had the funds to construct a pipe to connect to the public water tank two and half miles away. The Rafiki Village Project’s first project was to fund the construction of this water pipe. We hired a local water engineer to design and oversee the project. We purchased the piping and other materials necessary for the project. The villagers dug the two and a half mile long trench to bury the pipe. On September 20th, 2016 the water began to flow and children and adults had safe drinking water to use in their school and homes for the first time in the history of Gishaji Village.
STATUS: COMPLETED SEPTEMBER 2016
Supply safe drinking water to the village and to the Gijega Primary School.