Local Nonprofit Group Drills Wells in Tanzania
Local founders and supporters of the nonprofit group It Can Be Done! (ICBD) will celebrate World Water Day on March 22 with a resounding initial success story: a record-producing water well that will provide more than 5,000 people in Uru, Tanzania, with access to clean water.
Without a well, the women and children of Uru gather water by walking a distance of two to five hours on mountainous trails, carrying the water in five-gallon buckets on their heads. Water-borne diseases, illness and hardship are common to all. The development and construction of sustainable, deep-water wells will have immediate and far-reaching effects for the residents of Uru, which is located at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Children will be able to attend school regularly. Women’s workloads will be lightened, allowing them greater personal dignity and time to pursue means of income. All will enjoy radically improved health with the reduction of water-related illnesses.
“Our organization is powered by community, people on both sides of the world who come together as neighbors supporting neighbors,” says ICBD’s vice president Christine Moses.
To support ICBD’s continued clean water impact, The Present Moment, a gift and book store in downtown Libertyville, will host a “Shop and Share,” from March 25 to 27, and donate a portion of all proceeds to It Can Be Done!
For more information, visit ItCanBeDoneAfrica.org or contact [email protected]. For Shop and Share info, visit ThePresentMomentInc.com or stop by The Present Moment, 521 North Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville 60048.