In association with the Great Little Coffee Company, we're celebrating UK Coffee Week.
UK Coffee Week, 7-13 April 2014, brings the UK's coffee lovers together to improve access to safe water to people in coffee growing countries.
UK Coffee Week really is for everyone who enjoys coffee and wants to give something back to the countries which produce the beans we all love so much. It doesn’t matter if you are an instant coffee drinker or an artisan roaster: everyone can support UK Coffee Week.
In 2014 UK Coffee Week aims to raise £100,000 to complete Project Waterfall - providing safe water to the remote community of Mbulu in Tanzania.
During UK Coffee Week we will be taking donations at the bar and for every coffee & cake that you purchase 10p will be going to Project Waterfall. Selected sites will also be running bake sales, coffee mornings or quiz’s to help raise extra funds. To find out if your local Brains Pub is organising any events please check with them directly.
Where The Money Goes
Project Waterfall in partnership with WaterAid provides safe drinking water, good hygiene and improved sanitation to some of the poorest communities in the coffee growing regions of Africa. We are currently supporting over 5,000 people in Mbulu district in Tanzania.
Only 54% of people currently live with access to a source of clean water
Some women and children spend over two hours a day collecting water
Almost 21,000 children under five die every year from diarrheal diseases caused as a direct result of unsafe water and poor sanitation
The Mbulu District is extremely remote and only accessible by plane and an eight hour drive. Consequently they have found installing a water system a challenge both logistically and financially. Put simply without Project Waterfall and Water Aid, it would be unlikely their 8,000 population would have clean water.
The story so far
To date we have raised £130,291 to deliver Waterfall Project giving over 5,000 people in the Mongo wa mono village clean, safe drinking water.
We have laid 5km of pipeline, constructed 4 water points and protected the water source with fences to prevent cattle damaging the works and polluting the water with their dung.
Improving the access to adequate and clean water within a walking distance of 1,000 meters has resulted in these women and children saving more than 50% of their time fetching clean water.
Furthermore, by installing a new pump at the local school we have given 114 students access to clean water. The head prefect explains in his own words how the pump has changed their daily lives:
"We used to wake up at 4.00am every day to fetch water for our school before this water point came, but now we are happy that there is water within the school compound. We can now bathe and clean our clothes every day."
We have worked closely with the Mbulu District Council and the Diocese of Mbulu Development Department to ensure our work is sustainable. Consequently, the communities now benefitting from the new water system are working closely together to maintain and protect its long term future.
Please help us deliver clean drinking water to the people of Mongo wa mono by making a donation TODAY.
In order for us to complete Project Waterfall in Tanzania, we need to:
Construct a further 12km of pipeline to ensure the entire 8,000 population of the Mongo wa mono village have access to clean drinking water;
Train the local community to ensure the Project’s long term future;
Provide protection fencing around the water to guarantee the water purity;
Drill a borehole to extract water from under the ground instead of relying on the natural spring.
How your donation could be spent
£8 could pay for one bag of cement to help construct the pipeline
£12 could pay for two taps for a village water point
£50 could pay for a technician to train a village pump attendant for three days on pump maintenance