Access to Water: Irrigation for Tanzania
Water is a vital resource that we all depend on, but many people in the developing world do not have the same access to this basic human right. The community of Sunuka, Tanzania depend on their fields for their food and income but are forced to rely on unpredictable rainfall to water their crops. During the dry season, with so little rain, farmers are tasked with the burden of bringing water from wells miles away, costing them valuable time that could be spent tending to their families, crops, or livelihood.
In order to provide the community of Sunuka with instant access to water, Engineers Without Borders - Cornell is designing a gravity-fed irrigation system to transport water from the Rugufu river. Using a pump, the system will raise water from Rugufu river to a higher elevation. From this point, irrigation canals will direct water to the fields. With the ability to transport river water to nearby fields, agriculture within the community will reliably receive water which will increase crop yield. To do this, we will be traveling back to Sunuka, Tanzania for a second assessment trip.
How You Can Help
Your support will help our team cover the costs for our next trip to Sunuka in April 2019. Members of EWB have the opportunity to nurture their creative and technical expertise by designing and implementing an irrigation system to better the community of Sunuka. We are striving to create a long-lasting solution in Sunuka just as we did with our last project in Calcha, Bolivia (you can see our archived blog from our work in Calcha here!).
With your help, this irrigation system will empower Sunuka and the surrounding communities. We hope that you will join us in making this a reality.