Today is Watering Day, we are joining forces with Water for Africa to build life-saving wells in the villages of Tanzania.
Phil Hepworth, co-founder of Water for Africa, joined Bec and Jeziel to tell us more. Twelve years ago, Phil saw a statistic that every 15 seconds a child dies from a waterborne disease. “That was the catalyst to put me on a plane to go to Africa and see the problem for myself.”
There he saw the locals dig a deep hole in a dry river bed. At the bottom of the whole, was an old man ladling water into a bucket from a small puddle. When he got back to Perth, a woman complained to him about a patch of her lawn that was yellow. “I was completely spun out by these two things that I had just seen.”
Once they have funds to build a well, they do a hydrological survey to find where they need to drill. Once the ground has been drilled they install a concrete base and the pump. “It takes on average 4 weeks.” Each village has an elected small government that contacts the Water for Africa team to repair the well if it breaks. “We really want sustainability to be there.”
Give someone access to life changing, clean water here. Listen to the full chat below!