Elang’atadapash Water Project Finalised
The‘Elang’atadapash water project was executed by the Ilkisongo Pastoralist Initiative (IPI), a Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) and operates in Monduli and Longido districts comprising of thousands of residents can now accessing piped clean water supply
.Many villages in far-away locations of Maasailand have been disappearing as their residents migrated away in search of water and greener pastures for their livestock. With funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the ‘Elang’atadapash Water Project cost Tz sh92 m will now solve the long existed problem of women and girls trekking up to 10 kilometres daily in search of water, according to Mama Naini Papaa, a ward councillor.
Domestic chores like fetching water and firewood are usually delegated to women and girls in Maasai communities, while the boys and young men maintained the task of field cattle grazing.
The long treks in search of water for their families therefore used to take major toll from the female population in the areas.
The sun-scorched, windswept Longido and Monduli Districts happen to be areas that are more susceptible to serious drought spells, famine and water scarcity in Arusha region. The two precincts also lost more livestock during the 2009-2010 drought spell.
The project was officially inaugurated by the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations (UN) Systems in Tanzania, Mr Alvaro Rodriguez at Lang’ata Village; also include water troughs for livestock, communal taps for local residents and domestic rain-water harvesting tanks to supplement the initiative, as well as the giant central reservoir capable of storing 45,000 litres.
“Climate change effects entails loss of water across the globe and it is therefore important for the residents of these villages to strictly safeguard the water project so as to save themselves from future water scramble,” said the UN envoy, Mr Rodriguez.