Posts made in October, 2013

Why Not a Well?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Clean Water, Photography by Lindsay Corrigan, Program Update | 0 comments

Why not a Well? Many people have asked us why we are not choosing to drill a well in Toloha to meet the villager’s need for clean water.  So we say, “actually, boreholes have been drilled, but a well is just not possible in Toloha.” World Bank has drilled three boreholes, but all three were unsuccessful. Two were dry and the other was unfit for human consumption. There are 5,000 people who need water in Toloha, which would mean drilling several more boreholes and still only meeting the existing need and not considering population growth. Believe it or not, Toloha IS a growing community even without clean water. “So what are the Villagers of Toloha doing to get water?” they ask. “They have to have water to survive, right?” One available source of water is surface water. The villagers will walk 5 km to Lake Jipe. The water in Lake Jipe is filthy –  wild animals bathe in it and drink it. It is just not safe as is. We considered piping and filtering water from Lake Jipe. However, it is at a lower elevation and would be much more difficult to pump than the source we have chosen to use. They will also travel up to 8 km to other villages to get their water, but will have to wait in line for hours until the residents fill their containers. There is one other way the villagers get water, a gravity-fed system from a mountain stream. It was constructed in 1952 by the British and used by the people of Toloha and surrounding villages for several decades.  Currently, it is in total disrepair.  The entire underground pipe system is so corroded that it has pitted and rusted away.  Cattle will walk over the pipe puncturing it with their hooves.  Right now, the villagers will travel to the end of the existing gravity fed system (for some it is 5 km from their homes) and gather water there. They will pull a pipe from the system out of the ground and allow it to slowly flow into their containers. There are times when the water barely drips from the pipe, and it is not even clean water by the time it reaches this point. This is the main source of water for the village, but in its current condition, does not come close to meeting the water needs for the 5,000 villagers. We’ve chosen to repair the gravity fed piped water system because, once it has the proper new pipes, it will be the best long-term, cost-effective and sustainable option possible. The spring fed mountain stream, has proven to be extremely reliable year round – in the rainy season and the dry season. The village had been using this system for decades until it began to rust and become corroded.  We plan to repair and upgrade the existing system to provide enough water for 12,000 people and their livestock. We want this system to sustain the village for at least two decades and possibly more. The villagers are eager for this change. One day soon, it will become a reality. Will you join us in making it...

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Banquet on November 9

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Clean Water, Fundraising, Get involved, written by Lindsay | 0 comments

Toloha Partnership Banquet for Clean WaterWhen: Saturday evening, November 9, 2013Where: The Arts Council 400 N Queen St, Kinston, NCTickets are available for $40 per person or $320 for a table of 8. *Tickets will be sold in advance only.  The banquet will be hosted by Meteorologist David Sawyer from Channel 9 News and include a silent auction, sit-down dinner, music and a presentation about the Toloha Partnership Water Project by Daniel Makoko and Burt Rudolph (our Team Engineer from Kinston who traveled to Toloha in June). To purchase tickets, please send an email with your name, phone number, mailing address and number of tickets you wish to purchase to info@tolohapartnership.org  Our Toloha Partnership team has been working very hard to bring the people of Toloha, Tanzania clean water. Our engineering team and the villagers are about ready to start laying pipeline and we hope to raise enough funds at the banquet to lay at least 2 km of pipeline!  This project is very close to many hearts here in Kinston and Greenville, North Carolina because Daniel Makoko came here 12 years ago from Toloha and shared with us the needs of his village. Daniel has been laying the groundwork with his people and people here in the US, and two years ago, a team was formed here in Kinston to start putting his hopes and vision to action. It has been so amazing to see what God has done to show the people of Toloha how much He loves them! Here are other ways you can be involved in the Banquet for Clean Water: * sponsoring a table * selling tickets* promoting the event* donating to the silent auction * seeking donations for the auction Thank you for your continued support! We hope to meet you at the Banquet on November...

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