Water is both  life and development. It is a precious resource that is required for survival and development of human beings. Water is required for many uses including for drinking, washing, sanitation, hygiene, building and farming. We cannot talk about achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030 if lack of water continue to exist in our communities. At FAE, through the water programs, we work in partnership with community members, local governments, development partners and the private sector to ensure that extreme poor families and communities in the rural areas have improved access to safe drinking water and also water for irrigation farming where applicable.

Due to the pervasive extreme poverty in the rural communities, lack of safe water affects lives of many families. Also, other sectors such as education, healthcare, ecology and livelihoods especially farming are never spared when there is lack of water. Worse enough, lack of water has become a gender issue since IMG_7189women and girls are disproportionately affected. They walk long distances and spend many hours in search for water. At a times, they even have to pay for water which may be unclean and unsafe for human consumption. Moreover, in many rural communities, girls miss out school as they are also engaged in the search for water. This is bad for both the health and development of women and girls.

With the raising climate change, rain water is increasingly becoming unreliable and insufficient. Accessing underground water and rain water harvesting are still the most effective options for ensuring sustainable access to water for human consumption and farming. In our water program, we work to ensure access to  sustainable water for both human consumption and irrigation farming in order to improve quality of life and  farming which is the main livelihood in the rural communities. In this way, we believe  that we shall be contributing to break the cycle of poverty and create sustainable transformation of rural communities.

Contact us today at email: info@thefae.org to learn how you can get involved in our efforts to promote access to water in the rural communities in Tanzania.