How just one water tank and a little love and attention has transformed the lives of one family…
Tearfund’s partner, Go MAD have been working with the Anglican Dioceses of Mara, supporting rural communities in Tanzania.
Today, on International Day of Families, we’re celebrating how one extended family has had their life turned around by a simple water tank.
Mkami is 42 and lives with her 18 year old son. Her husband left her when she became ill with Liver Cirrhosis, caused from untreated Bilharzia. Due to the circumstances she is unable to work. Her sister, Esther, lives next door with her five children. Her husband works in town and so is often away from home.
In March 2013, Go MAD volunteers raised money to help build a toilet for the family and in October of the same year they were able to build a water tank. The two families share the tank and this has made an amazing difference to their lives.
Esther: “Before the water tank life was not good. I walked to Nyanbange to collect water, which was about three hours there and back. The water before was dirty and bad but now the water is good.”
Mkami: “It was bad. I had a lot of problems with my stomach. It was hard to carry the water and so I couldn’t fill it properly and it caused me back pain. It has made a very big difference! I used to get diarrhoea from the bad water.”