Sophia Assenga, a volunteer coordinator with Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots youth organization in Tanzania, pleaded with Friendly Water for the World for the opportunity to attend a training in Gisenyi, Rwanda. Water conditions in northwest Tanzania are extremely poor, with a high incident of typhoid and dysentery. She traveled at her own expense and, upon returning, scheduled two trainings, in Mwanza and in the Mara region. Sophie contracted with a local welder to make steel molds, and we brought our moldmaker down from Uganda to personally train him.
Five groups have now been trained, made up mostly of unemployed youth, and word has been traveling fast. More than 15 groups have now come forward, begging to be trained as well. The demand for clean water and BioSand Water Filters is very great, and it will take Sophia and her friends quite a bit of time to catch up, and for us to catch up with the demand for more steel molds, toolkits, and starter materials.