Project Location: Mkongo, Tanzania
Project Type: Water
Project Code: TNM0519

Background: Neema site is managed by the Sisters of Visitation Congregation which has its origin in Alleppey, India.

Chalice community project - borehole well, Neema, TanzaniaOur sponsor site is located in Songea, in the southern part of Tanzania. The site was started in 2008 and now has 278 sponsored children in two districts (Songea and Namtumbo). The site's mission is to form and develop Christian life in communities for the honour and glory of God. Apostolic activities include education, healing ministry, taking care of orphans and the aged, and social services.

The Sisters help in providing quality education in Mkongo, a remote village lacking water, electricity and proper road networks. In the village, they have established a pre-primary school, a primary school, and a secondary school. With support from Chalice, a girls' hostel was constructed, aimed a improving performance of the girls.

The average rainfall experienced annually is suited for both crop and livestock farming, but unexpected incidences of extended drought, followed by long periods of rainfall, can harm crop production. Several food crops such as maize, beans, bananas, vegetables, sunflower, millet, ground nuts, and sesame do very well in the area.

The construction of a borehole to supply water to the school, convent and the neighbouring community close to Mkongo village has been an ongoing project, progressing as funding becomes available. The community faces serious water scarcity, relying on carrying water from the streams and from neighbouring villages. School-going children and their families walk between one and two kilometers every day to gather water.

Project Objectives: Using some grant funds for water projects from Chalice, along with some funding through the Sisters of Visitation Congregation, the Sisters have started the borehole well, but need more funds to finish the project, as well as provide outstanding payment for a portion of the work and purchases to date. Purchases have included a water tank and a stand, pumps, and accessories to make water available. The well is still far from being completed and the site has come to Chalice for further funding in the amount of $16,194 so they can finally finish this ongoing project and bring clean, reliable water to the children.

Budget in Canadian Funds: $16,194

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Please note that any funds that exceed the request will be used to fund other Community Projects/Programs that may arise.
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