W|W East Africa 2019
W|W East Africa Six-Month Impact Report
Expanding Our Impact
January - June 2019
In January of 2019, Wine To Water expanded our role in East Africa with an official base in Arusha, Tanzania. This transition will allow the previously established ceramic filter factory to continue growing its filter business model throughout East Africa and improve on the life-changing community water work that was started in 2008 by a group called Safe Water Now (SWN).
SWN Ceramic Artist Kimirei Mesiaki was trained by several years ago by WlW Master Ceramic Artist Radhames Carela in the Dominican Republic. The Tanzania program is currently focused on the Makuyuni, Minjingu, and Esilalei communities, where roughly 25,000 people live in total. These remote areas are home to the Maasai people who struggle to access safe drinking water because many of their water access points are open sources, such as dams and ponds.
Since its establishment, the W|W East Africa office has been able to distribute 809 filters with predominantly Maasai communities. Through those distributions, 6,065 people now have access to clean water right inside their homes. While our field work has been steadily progressing, the W|W East Africa team is still integrating foundational processes and sales strategies used by our Dominican Republic team.
The story of Tanzania is one example of the impact clean water can have. W|W East Africa will continue to distribute filters to the communities of Makuyuni, Minjingu, Esilalei, and Longido. We hope to distribute upwards of 1,000 filters in the next year and become self sufficient from ceramic filter sales over the next two to three years. Strategies for production capacity are currently being drafted to makes these goals possible.
On a recent trip to W|W East Africa, Founder Doc Hendley distributed 5 filters to a local hospital in Wasso, Tanzania. It is common for many local hospitals to be without clean water access, putting maternity wards and other departments in critical need.
The maternity ward of this particular hospital had no clean water to prep mothers for birth or to help clean up after children were born. Without the resources to practice hygiene in this kind of setting, the women and young children are at risk of contracting various illnesses.
This is the reality for so many women around the globe, but thankfully for the women of this Wasso hospital, they no longer have to worry about unclean instruments making them or their babies sick. Infants can also have access to formula now that clean water is available for use.
During the distribution, a filter was also given to a local pharmacy for people in need of medicine. Thanks to our East Africa team, clean water is being made available to those who truly need it the most.