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Managing Water: Tanzania

Water in Africa

Africa, Tanzania


by Lorie Burnett, Korogwe, Tanga Region, Tanzania

Every day I see a woman with a bucket on her head fetching water from some distant location to take home. This seems to be purely women's work within the family, though some of the people I paid to fetch water for me were boys.

There is no irrigation to speak of here; people rely on the rains. Recent El Niño and La Niña weather changes have caused disruptions in planting and have sometimes harmed crops.

by Gary Port, Morogoro (Mzumbe), Tanzania

My secondary school is in charge of their own water and the lines that run from the source. They were built back in the early 1960s. Now the headmaster (equivalent of principal) is in charge of sending plumbers to repair breaks and leaks.

The teachers at my school are also small-scale farmers who grow corn, tomatoes, etc. Officially, they are supposed to get permission to use the school water for gardens, but they just use it.

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