When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water

Imagine how your life will change without water? Once I came to my home after a long day, opened the tap to wash my hands and realized that I have no water… thousands of thoughts came up immediately- how I will wash, cook, were I can get even few litters for now… but this was only several hours without water, imagine if this issue became yours and your family daily challenge? How much time would you spend on you daily routines without a water? How is will impact on heath?

Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa, home to over 52 million people. 44 million people don’t have access to adequate sanitation. Due to the hot, dry climate, safe water is scarce and growing enough food is often difficult for the mostly rural population.

Typically, women and children spend over two hours a day collecting water, and up to seven hours in remote areas.

Access to toilets is even lower – at around 15% of the population. This is particularly problematic to health in densely populated, unplanned settlements.

These issues have a big impact on health, with over 4,000 children under five dying each year from preventable diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. There are wider impacts too – on education, livelihoods and wellbeing.

I had an opportunity to visit few schools were Amref is running it’s WASH project in order to improve access to water and sanitation, train teachers and students on the importance of hygiene. In school there are 4000 students and only 41 teacher. Despite the fact that the school is in the Dar es Salaam city there is no water supply and electricity. School has only 10 toilets with no division for students and teachers, boys and girls.

This is the facilities that were built recently with the help of Amref and Water Aid. The most important remains -drilling of well and the installation of the pump for water supply, that would be supported by the governement and other donors in the nearest future.

For now they are using their old toilets and this simple, but very practical constructions caleed TIP-TAP handwasher. Students who are on duty are refilling them with soapwater and clear water during the day.


School territory and classes

Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. ©

To drink during the day students and teachers are usually bringing boiled water from home individually.

Clean water, the essence of life and a birthright for everyone, must become available to all people without exeption. c.

Children were very excited to have visitors and was very well prepared! They were playing for us a short scene about the importance of hygiene and clear water, singing songs and telling poems.

Young man below explaning how does Amref helped them in understanding of importance of the hygine,why and when hands need to be washed. Now they are teaching other students and sellers of food in the streets!

This kids are the future not only of Tanzania, but the whole world. They are talanted, active, eager to learn, but just need a little support in essential things!

Look how decpite all the challanges they look happy and smiling a lot!


They are curious, open and like to be photographed


The last thing I can say, that I feel proud to be the part of the company who cares and doing the right things in improving people’s life all over the world!



  1. Maryna, what an excellent blog post! You really highlighted the issue of water shortages and lack of hygiene. Your courage to go to a country so different from your own is rewarded by seeing the difference you are making to others, the joy in the children’s faces. You should feel very proud to be doing such a great job. I can’t wait to read your next update.

  2. This is such a powerful post Maryna – it goes to show just how much many of us take for granted in our lives! I look forward to reading more of your blogs as you continue on your PULSE journey with AMREF.

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