Turkish Charity Builds Water Well In Tanzania
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Dar es Salaam - Turkey's Rehema Charity on Tuesday opened a water well in Tanzania largest city Dar Es Salaam at a ceremony attended by Turkish and Azerbaijani officials.
"I would like to thank the Rehema Charity as well as the Turkish people for making this possible through their donations and providing the Tanzanian people with access to clean drinking water," Turkish Ambassador to Tanzania Ali Davutoglu said.
"Before, we would travel 10-15 km just to bring water. It would take us a whole day to walk to the closest well and back," a local man said.
"It is wonderful to see happiness on people's faces. I hope that this will inspire others to come here as well," Bahruz Guliyev, an Azeri doctor said.
"I would like to thank the Azerbaijani government, TIKA (Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency) and Doctors Worldwide for providing this opportunity," he added.
Tanzania suffers from serious shortages of clean water. A third of the country is arid or semi-arid making is very difficult for people to have access to clean drinking water unless they live near one of the three major lakes that border the country.
Although there are many underground water wells, most are contaminated due to their close proximity to toxic drainage systems.
"Tanzanians are forced to turn to surface water, which contains things like bacteria or human waste. People have no choice but to drink, bathe and wash their clothes in these areas," according to The Water Project, Inc., a non-profit organization providing sustainable water projects to communities in sub-Saharan Africa.
Water-borne diseases such as malaria and cholera account for over half of the diseases affecting the population, FAO says.
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