In the rural village of Marwa, Tanzania, women and young girls spend up to seven hours each day collecting the water their families need to survive. Students from Ohio State’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering have already designed and built three rainwater harvesting systems for the Marwa medical clinic and village schools to aid the community. The team hopes to again travel to Tanzania to build a water treatment and distribution system to eliminate this trek for the women of Marwa Village.
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 gift can not only make that happen, but give students the opportunity to put their education in to action!
Your gift will help support the Maji Marwa (Maji – Swahili for “water”) program and enrich students’ experiences as they design and build the water treatment and distribution system. While in Tanzania, students from all across Ohio State will collaborate with community members of Marwa Village to address age and gender roles, vocational opportunities and cultural institutions that will vastly change as water begins to flow into the village. You can make a difference in the lives and future of the people of Marwa.
Help bring water to the progressive community of Marwa Village and improve the lives of all who live there!
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