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Merelani Water Project Handover Ceremony

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The Orphans Foundation Fund Merelani Water project has been operational since last year, and the community has greatly benefited and appreciated the new water source. On April 15th, 2011 we had the official handover of the project. The District Commissioner of Simanjiro  was invited to hand over the water and sanitation project to the Muslim community at Merelani. Many thanks to IDRF and all those who donated and were involved to make this project a success. This is a well that has and will continue to give new life, health, and happiness to the people here in Mererani Tanzania.

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Orphans Foundation Fund Video

This video was made awhile ago and gives a brief overview of the mission of Orphans Foundation Fund and projects we engage ourselves with here in Tanzania.

Some updates to note are the water found at Kikatiti turned out to be seasonal, so we are again looking for either a constant potable source or to purchase another plot of land for the project. The rehabilitation of the old USAID water system is now our hope for Lengast village, but it will be costly to repair and maintain. There are so many needs here in Tanzania, so if you can donate to help these people you would literally be saving lives! If you are in the US or Canada please contact Dr. James Lace, or if you are in Tanzania contact Gosberth Baitwa.

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New Rafiki Water Pump installed

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After months of use, the first Rafiki Child Care Home water pump unfortunately broke free from it’s mount and fell to the bottom of the well. Many attempts to retrieve it proved unsuccessful, so we opted to install a new pump in it’s place. The new water pump is in a secure concrete housing with a steel cover to keep people from tampering with it. Thanks to all the donors who made this dream a reality, twice over!

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Rafiki Farming Project

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Rafiki Child Care Center has been for some time now looking for ways to become sustainable. The first idea was to become a clean water distribution point for the town of Mererani, but after further consideration it wasn’t as needed because of the other Orphans Foundation Fund water project nearby. Thanks to Catherine Mulvale Rafiki had $5,000 on hand and asked if it could be used to make a farm. The staff and children have been hard at work on the new farm and reaping the results of fresh crops!

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Water Pump is installed and Working well!

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The water pump has just been installed and is now operating in the Zaire ward water and sanitation project thanks to IDRF. Orphans Foundation Fund has worked during these past weeks with the engineers from Water Solutions. We are waiting for the water report to know the exact composition and quantity of the water, but the community wasted no time in partaking of the sweet fresh water from the well. This is a well that will give new life, health, and happiness to the people here in Mererani Tanzania.

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Zaire Ward yields an Abundance of Water

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The new Zaire ward water and sanitation project, run by Orphans Foundation Fund and funded by the International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF), is moving ahead with great success! The team from Water Solutions has successfully drilled a bore hole and have found plenty of fresh water. The community is thrilled with this generous gift from IDRF and send many heartfelt thanks to the donors.

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Searching for life giving water in Mererani

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This past Tuesday a survey group from Water Solutions and the team from Orphans Foundation Fund went out to the Zaire ward in Mererani Tanzania. The technicians from Water Solutions came with advanced equipment and conducted tests to find the best place to drill for water. The community gathered around interested in the process and eager for a source of fresh clean water. All of this is possible because of our partnership with the International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF).

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Zaire ward Water and Sanitation Project meeting

Meeting with the Muslim leaders about the new water project in Tanzania. Meeting with the Muslim leaders about the new water project in Tanzania. Meeting with the Muslim leaders about the new water project in Tanzania.

The Orphans Foundation Fund staff met on Friday with leaders of the Muslim community in  Mererani Tanzania to discuss plans and organize for the Zaire ward water and sanitation project and funded by the International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF). We talked about forming a balanced committee of both Christians and Muslims and Men and Women to oversea the water distribution. After talking in depth concerning possible conflicts, we were glad to find that the relationship between faiths in the Zaire ward are strong and healthy. Good beginnings to great efforts should lead to excellent results for advancing this community here in Tanzania.