As many of you know I have been working on a water project in Tanzania for over 2 years. For those people who don’t know…
In March 2016 I partnered with a teacher named Perry Buchan (again) and Doug Sherrit (Strathcona elementary) and we did a virtual exchange with a school from Iyoli, Tanzania. ALL of the curricula was translated into Swahili by Jackline Omondi and followed simultaneously by a teacher in Tanzania and Doug’s class in Vancouver. I went back to Iyoli primary school with a projector and generator to show the Iyoli storytelling club the Strathcona creations and help create the Iyoli content. We also did a water survey and walked with the kids to see their water source.
After I got back I approached over 1000 water organizations and NGO’s and businesses to help fund and dig a well in this small and remote village. Sivan, the CEO of Innovation: Africa was one of a very few people who responded to my emails and she passed my name on to Bar, director of Africa programs. They were the only ones who stopped and listened. Innovation: Africa agreed that they would help find a donor for the project AND over Christmas they did it. A donor (who wants to remain anonymous) gave to Innovation: Africa specifically for Iyoli. When Genna, director of communications, let me know that Iyoli had a donor I wondered if it was just a dream (it was morning) and I re-read that message 1000 times over. I am still pinching myself and wondering if it is all real.
So I will be going to Tanzania to document the construction of the well with Moshi and the Innovation: Africa team.RETURN TO IYOLI WATER PROJECT