Introduction to the Carina Water Wells Project

                               

Introduction:

The first Carina Water Well was installed at Inonwela Village Tabora District in February 2005. The majority of villages in the district do not have a clean water source. 50% of malnutrition is associated with diarrhea and worm infections as a result of drinking unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and insufficient hygiene. It is the second leading cause of death among children.

Women and children get up at dawn and walk up to 5 kilometers daily to find water which is dirty & contaminated. Fighting often occurs between women at the water source, it takes a good part of the day to collect it and return home. Water collection has traditionally been women/girls work, due to this girls frequently miss school, thereby perpetuating the cycle of poverty and early marriages.  

The first Carina Water Well was installed at Inonelwa village in February 2005, the villagers were all very grateful for the opportunity to have a 2nd water pump in their village of 2,000 people. The recommended use is for 250 people, 800 use it. In addition to the construction of wells and rainwater harvesting tanks the Carina Water Wells Project Heath Officer Johnny Kazimoto taught a class in water/sanitation/health/hygiene to the village water committees and students. 

 Christopher Nyamwanji (Chairman of NGO Sudeso) the Carina Water Wells Project Administrator, and I traveled to Inonwela village for a presentation of the water program and a meeting with the village elders. This was followed by an introduction to me explaining the reason for my visit. I also showed them two photos of Carina and I when she was a newborn in Tabora.

A group of women put on an “ngoma”, which is traditional dancing, drumming, singing, and whistle blowing! We ate lunch at the village school it was served by the women who didn’t eat with us, which is the custom in patriarchal societies. First they demonstrated their newly acquired hygiene methods, offering us a jug of water with soap for hand washing over a bowl. The meal consisted of very tough chicken with rice, and supplied us with plates and spoons to eat with which was a luxury! The village elders ate only rice with their hands from a big communal plate.

The majority of villages in the district do not have any water.  Women and children get up at dawn and walk up to 5 kilometers daily in search of it, which takes up half of their day. The women get into fights over water and children especially the girls, often don’t make it to school thus perpetuating the cycle of poverty.

Without water there is no life.

*The Carina Water Well Project is dedicated in memory of my daughter Carina Chantal Owen Madsen who was born in Tabora December 19th 1964 and died unexpectedly on August 4th 2004 in Denmark where she lived with her husband.

Asante, Thank you, Mahalo

Jacqueline Simone Ambrose

Carina Water Wells Project
1057 Makawao Avenue, Makawao Maui

HI 96768 USA

Email: carinawaterwells@gmail.com

 

The Carina Water Wells Project Impact Assessment Report 2015 

Sponsored by Lightco Group Toronto Canada (www.lightco.ca/)

 

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Cat Meuschke December 2, 2017 at 9:18 pm

Be proud of the way that you have created a monument in memory of your daughter by giving so many people the one thing that sustains life – water. The importance of water can only be really known to those who do not have a source in their homes – but struggle to bring their needs back to their houses, to sustain daily life for the whole family. Its mind blowing to acknowledge that in this 21 century millions of people live in these conditions. I take my hat off to the man in Asia who created a forest by going out everday and planted a tree – for forty years ! What tenacity and what vision !
May you have success in all that you do which helps your fellow man with his daily struggles.

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Cat Meuschke March 10, 2019 at 5:04 pm

A very commendable project which would have impacted so many lives. I don’t know if people realise the struggle that people have in Africa to collect water on a daily basis. How precious water is I think only becomes a reality when you live in Africa. Each morning starts with turning on a tap with hope in your heart. Most of the time it’s just disappointment but when water trickles out, plans are already made to fill as many containers as possible for water storage. We still live with plastic canisters of bore hole water in our bathrooms for when the pipes run dry again – it can at least be used to flush toilets along with washing up water. Fresh water is also put into containers, when available, and then used very carefully.
It is hard to imagine living with a constant flow of clean water and power supply to your residence… but we live in hope.

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Angel Brown August 26, 2021 at 11:32 pm

I’d like to start out with saying how amazing you are all around. After meeting you in the clinic and hearing your story to visiting your web page, I feel inspired and I’d like to personally thank you for sharing your life, knowledge, and experience with me. Since then, I’ve been researching ways I can help my community as well as others. I hope you’re doing well!

Sincerely,
Angel

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jacqueline August 26, 2021 at 11:43 pm

Aloha Angel, mahalo for the acknowledgement! I’m so glad I’ve inspired you to help your community & others who are in need.

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