We are a part of the OSU Sustainable and Resilient Tanzanian Community program which is based around service-learning and our first project is Maji Marwa - bringing water to Marwa Village (Marwa is the Swahili word for water).
We are working to install a rainwater harvesting system on the medical clinic in Marwa Village, Tanzania. The money raised here will pay for the materials and equipment that we need as well as employing local tradespeople and laborers to work with us. We are committed to working with the people of Marwa and building their capacity and skills.
We are OSU Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering (CEGE) Capstone students and we have have designed a rainwater harvesting system for the Marwa medical clinic. In May 2017, along with other CEGE students and students from the OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources and the University of Dodoma in Tanzania we will travel to Marwa to build this system and work on developing other water programs as well as much needed education and enterprise programs for the women and community members. By bringing water to Marwa the lives of the people will be changed forever and we must work with them from the start to identify and address these impacts.
This rainwater harvesting system is our first project to be implemented.
Marwa is a rural village located along the Pangani River in the Ruvu Ward of the Same District, Kilimanjaro Region (Tanzania). The village's main source of water is the Pangani River, a water flow off of Mt. Kilimanjaro. On average, women and young girls walk five to seven hours each day, every day, to collect water for domestic household and personal use.
Marwa is a predominantly Maasai community with an estimated population of 7,000 people. The Maasai are under increasing pressure from the Tanzanian and Kenyan national governments to establish permanent village settlements that are transforming their traditional wandering pastoralist lifestyles and culture.
Marwa is identified as a “progressive Maasai” community for its commitment to empower female residents and to address aspects of their cultural customs that are no longer appropriate. In addition, the community has made the decision to permanently settle in Marwa. The wandering pastoral life of the Maasai is changing and the Marwa village leadership is proactively seeking strategies and partnerships to engage, on their terms, with the modern world.
Your support will help make a real difference to the lives and future of the people of Marwa. Please embrace this opportunity – if you have any questions or suggestions please contact any of our project leaders. Asante sana (thank you in Swahili). Ashe oleng (thank you in Ki Maasai).