Project Description

Water and Sanitation

In East Africa, water-borne illnesses such as diarrhea, skin and eye diseases, and parasitic infections are common. Globally, diarrhea causes the deaths of more young children than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Lack of clean water is a quiet health crisis that can be easily prevented. Introduction of clean water systems not only improves individual health but also gives women and children freedom from walking long distances to retrieve water. When released from this task and the burden of disease, families can devote themselves to educational and economic ventures that improve household wellbeing and help communities become self-sustaining. Global Partners responds to communities with water needs through a wide range of WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) projects that provide:

  •      Clean water infrastructure
  •      Assistance in water management & sustainability
  •      Sanitation facility improvement
  •      Hygiene education

Recent Projects

Monderosi Primary School


This project funded the rehabilitation of a colonial borehole at Monderosi Primary School in the dry Maasailands of northern Tanzania. The new well serves the children of the primary school as well as more than 4,000 local residents and their livestock.

Otondo Primary School


Otondo Primary School project renovated nine classrooms and constructed a building for early childhood development classes. Their existing borehole was also renovated and a community kiosk was constructed in order to provide water to the community and make the project sustainable for the school.

Sanda Primary School


This school was in danger of being shut down by the government due to their failing sanitation system. All of their latrines were either full or collapsed at the time of the project, so GPFD partnered with them for the installation of eight new latrines and three urinals. Many latrines in East Africa collapse because of the expansion and contraction of the soft black soil. In order to combat this, our engineers use special keystone block technology to ensure stability and longevity of the pit. Administrators at Sanda plan to share this technology with others in the area to protect all future pit latrines in the area from collapse.

Arkaria Pipeline Vetting


In an effort to bring about a consistent, long-term solution to the area’s lack of water infrastructure, leaders of Arkaria village, the local government, and Global Partners came together to extend an existing pipeline approximately 13 miles to the village. This grant funded an independent contractor to develop the design and budget for the pipeline project.

Okio Primary School


For two years, the children at Okio Primary School received medication from the government to combat bilharzia, which they contracted from drinking water from a nearby swamp. With support from Global Partners, the school drilled a well that provides safe, clean water to the 760 students at the school and to the 1,200 people in the surrounding community.

Lossimingori Water Assessment


A 2015 earthquake shifted the source of a spring from which Lossimingori village piped it’s water. Funds from Global Partners allowed the village to assess their water system.

Additional water and sanitation projects can be found on the Vineyards to Villages program page.

Historical Projects

The following are examples of water projects completed by Global Partners for Development from 2000-2012 in East Africa. For more information on any of these projects or others, contact us at [email protected].

2006: Bam Got Women’s Group – Construction of 2 shallow wells

2008: Mama Na Dada – Clean water system for the Kunya Village (also grassroots women’s income development through investment in a bakery)

2009: Bam Got Women’s Group – Construction of 3 shallow wells

2008: Kyeda Group – Shallow wells for the Kyaggwe Mukono District

2009: Kifunjo WASH – Expansion of water supply through the protection of springs, piping, and the construction of tapstands. Improved latrines provided in homes and schools in the area as well as hygiene education for the public. WASH committees were formed for each of 27 tapstands installed.

2000: Kapassy Community Clinic – Installation of water tanks at a nearby school

2001: Odadai Village – Expansion of existing piped water supply

2001: Sokon Village Council – Bangata water supply system expansion

2004: Bangata Ward – Engikaret water supply expansion

2004: Pastoral Women’s Council – Water projects at Empopong, Iremasiliki, and Monderosi

2006: Arkaria Community-Based Organization – Water tank construction for rainwater harvest

2006: Pastoral Women’s Council – Esilolai clean water supply project

2006: Pastoral Women’s Council – Osirwa clean water supply project

2006: Karagwe Development and Relief Services – Water storage tank construction at Kibimba medical dispensary

2007: Songata Ward – Clean water system construction in Ngiresi outside of Arusha

2007: Mukulat Secondary School – Rainwater harvest system

2007: Lareto Maasai Pastoralist Development Organization – Rehabilitation of pipelines for Lossimingori Village

2009: Murray Secondary School – Rainwater harvest system, baths/showers for girls, privacy wall

2012: Ngiresi Village Development Council – Water, sanitation, and hygiene project