A Water Well in Tanzania
The Iyoli Water Project

In a tiny little village in Tanzania - not even on the map - there is a hole 170 meter deep in the earth that supplies water, using solar technology, to 7 distribution points around the village.  I spent 2 months documenting the construction of this well and living life in the village. I also worked with the local community to create a video series in English and Swahili that that was developed as an educational tool at the secondary school.

Project History

In 2016 Strathcona Elementary, a public school in Vancouver, partnered with Iyoli primary, a village school in Tanzania as part of a virtual exchange program called THE VIRTUAL: CO:LAB (2016).  School kids in Vancouver created an awareness campaign called #H2OPE that alerted the international community that Iyoli, their sister school, was in need of a clean water supply.  In December 2017 Innovation: Africa (VISIT WEBSITE) secured funding and in April of 2018 Lara Kroeker went to document the project for 2 months.

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April 1st – June 4th 2018

A blog that documents the water project including the digging of the borehole, pump testing and the construction of the infrastructure in Iyoli Village.

This is my Story


The stories I tell are the ones that hold me up, that keep me going, that feed me hope.

The Water Flows


Today the water flowed to the different distribution points throughout Iyoli Village.

Papaya and Chickens


Juma lives behind the hotel with his wife and today I spent the day at his house.



The last bits and pieces of any project are always tedious.

My Stolen Heart


It’s the second day of Ramandan and most people in Iyoli are fasting.

The Big Picture


Should I tell you only the good things or should I tell you the real story.

A Green Mamba


One day at the project site I saw something move in the bushes and I calmly said to Moshi “Is that a snake?”

A Man and his Guitar


Everyone will benefit from this project but it’s especially the kids that will feel the freedom of simply turning on a tap to fill their buckets.

The River is a Lie


Everyone will benefit from this project but it’s especially the kids that will feel the freedom of simply turning on a tap to fill their buckets.

Let’s Dig


There are 10km of trenches that need to be dug to hold the pipes that will bring water to 7 distribution points in Iyoli.

Towers and Pumps


The construction of the tower started yesterday, market day, which happens once a month.

A Cacophony of Sound

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Imagine the sound of a church, the muslim call to prayer, a loud tv, motorcycles and roosters calling.

My Worst Fear


My worst fear on this project is, and I’m totally embarrassed to say, having to go pee in the bush.



We arrived again at the Iyoli drilling site but this time things were less hectic.

Breaking Ground


The sun beats relentlessly down on our head one minute and the next pummels us with rain.

An Epic Journey


When I opened my eyes in Dar es Salaam it was like a fade in to a movie.

Two and A Half Years

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It took two and a half years for the Iyoli water project to get to where it is right now – at this very moment.