"Water is life" (Mara Region, Tanzania)

Ferrovial has put together with AMREF Foundation-Flying Doctors the project called Maji ni Uhai (Water is life) to improve health and living conditions in beneficiary communities  in the Mara region, northeast of Tanzania, through a safe drinking water supply and the creation and improvement of health care infrastructures, as well as education and awareness raising for changing habits.  The project is being carried out following the Millenium Dvelopment Goals which will enable the construction, protection and refurbishment of 10 deep wells and 14 shallow wells, 18 traditional water sources, 9 gravity systems and 99 rainwater capture systems, 13 livestock reservoirs, 3 small dams and public and family latrines among other sanitary infrastructures.

Through improved hygiene practices, the aim is reduce the rate of water-borne diseases, thus improving the quality of life of the region's inhabitants and increasing their life expectancy. Undoubtedly, the female and the child populations are the main beneficiaries of this project, as the time they spend collecting water every day has been reduced.

To attain these objectives, the project also includes strong community organisation through the setting up of Water Users Associations, amongst other social organisations. These groups will be trained in areas such as leadership, accounts, management and operation and maintenance of water supply systems. Special attention will also be paid to reinforcing the capacities of the Public Institutions responsible for managing the infrastructures that are built, such as the Serengeti District Water Department.

  • Contribution in 2007: 107,920 euro

  • Direct beneficiaries: 28.000 people. Indirect: 51.000 people

  • Counterpart: Amref Foundation-Flying Doctors

  • Duration: 120 months

  • Status: Start-up

Drinking water for the canton of Gadjibian, Chad. (Canton of Gadjibian, Chad)

Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world with 80% of the population dedicated to agriculture, mainly subsistence farming. The area of action has been seriously affected by the oil industry which, far from putting back into the community, constituted an element that disrupted the entire region's traditional socio-economic system, with the main problem being the scarcity of water.

This is a project that responds to the pressing need to facilitate access to drinking water by the target population, which lives above a water-table that is 100 metres deep. To do this, 20 wells are to be dug (10 perforations per year) equipped with manual or pedal pumps, which is expected to reinforce the financial and technical capacities of these populations.

Given the worsening of the armed conflict that is sweeping Chad at present, all international development cooperation projects, including some emergency ones, have been halted and they are waiting for the situation in the area to stabilise so that they can carry on with the normal running of the planned activities.

  • Contribution: 80,000 €

  • Direct beneficiaries: 4,100 people. Indirect: 22,000 people

  • Counterpart: Intermón Oxfam / Assaild

  • Duration: 24 months

  • Status: Start-up