KASESA-KATORO, TANZANIA

COMPLETE

STATUS

people impacted

dollars funded

FUNDED SEPTEMBER 13, 2023

OVERVIEW

Kasesa-Katoro, within the Geita Diocese in northern Tanzania, is home to about 4,000 people. Approximately 10,000 people live in the greater Katoro region of Geita.  In Kasesa-Katoro there are no permanent and safe water sources for the whole population of Kasesa villagers. They get water for domestic use from ponds and rainwater;  unfortunately, water which is obtained from the ponds is not safe for human life and causes people to suffer from diseases. Women and girls spend a lot of time walking a long distance to fetch water, and they are supposed to wake up very early to get water.  At the ponds, they struggle to get water together with animals, which also is dangerous for their life.

This project aims to bring the people clean water and to support the local church in bringing living water.

Due to this problem of having no safe and clean water, regular outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, diarrhea, and bilharzia seem to be normal. The overall project will contribute to the reduction of water-related disease within the target area, and will assist women to concentrate on other social activities such as taking care of their families and cultivation.

The project will benefit all people both Christians, Muslims and traditionalists who are living in Kasesa-Katoro village.  The water will be shared freely with all, regardless of faith or religion.

The 31 Subdivisions of Tanzania
image from en.m.wikipedia.org

A young family walking to church 

CURRENT CONDITIONS

According to Dr. Josephine at Katoro Health Center, approximately 52% of the patients are affected by the lack of a clean water source. The reason for this is that it is too far (over 50km) for the people to access clean water.  Therefore, with their own hands, they dig in the ground until they reach water. This hand-dug well is not protective of other environmental sources from entering. For example, the water will become contaminated with human and animal feces. Also, during the rainy season water flows from rivers and roads, carrying even more contaminated water.  The people are dependent upon this water as the source of drinking, cooking, bathing, and hand washing their clothes. Dr. Josephina stated that she treats people for skin rashes, E.coli, salmonella, typhoid fever, cholera, and diarrhea.

Most of the people live in primitive type style homes. The homes may have electricity, but the government will shut off the electricity for periods of undetermined time without notification. It is typical for the kitchen to be located outside of the “living” area of the home. A typical kitchen would consist of a small wooden frame-covered area. Inside this “kitchen” they build a circular area surrounded by stones, with coals in the center to build a fire for boiling water and cooking. Many of the people are involved in small-scale agricultural activities such as growing corn, beans, and other food to sell to local residents and to people passing through the area.  Thus, their income levels are very low and subject to weather conditions, water sources, and other outside conditions.

Unfortunately, there are not sufficient records for the exact number of fatalities, but it is certain that not all of the people survive the diseases inflicted from dirty water sources.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO) diarrhea due to contaminated water is the 4th leading cause of death in Tanzania.  Women and girls are the primary collectors of water, therefore are disproportionately affected by the lack of clean water.

Dipping water from a hand-dug hole

A young man talks about Katora’s water needs
and their joy to be getting a well

A young girl carrying 5-gallon water bucket on her head

A woman walks toward her waiting friends,
her water jug balanced on her head.

Children bringing water home

Kasesa-Katora Village

A private home near
the temporary church

Women walking home after Mass,
carrying their chairs

Temporary church building and 
foundation for permanent church

A young woman carrying a water jug
on her head calls out to her friends.

EXPERIENCE

Father Adrian Zikambona spent three years at Archangel Gabriel (Holy Trinity) Parish in Robinson, PA, near Pittsburgh. While there he developed good relationships with his fellow priests, religious sisters, and parishioners.  He explained the problem of lack of clean water sources prevalent in his home country of Tanzania.  Through these connections, several people are willing to assist him with his pursuit.

Bev Davis is his American liaison, assisting him with this application process.

In Tanzania, Bishop Flavian Kassala is a man/priest of great faith, compassion, and dedication to serving the people there, most especially the poor and disadvantaged. In addition to his commitment to assist in providing clean water sources, he is also dedicated to completing a hospital in Geita. The hospital is to serve the poor women and children who can not access good healthcare.  The government system does not offer adequate healthcare situations and the private pay hospitals are very expensive.

Last year, due to the overwhelming need for clean water sources, Bishop Flavian Kassala, Diocese of Geita, made the decision to purchase the drilling equipment and develop a team to survey the land for water, purchase the necessary materials, drill a borehole and install the materials to build the water wells.  The team consists of two people in charge of land survey, procure materials, and project management.  Four people work on the drilling and installation process.  The team has successfully completed 5 water well projects in the last year.  All water wells are operational.

CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP

The well will be drilled at St. Paul VI Parish, and the well and water distribution system will be built along side a brand new church. A temporary church has been constructed there already, and Masses are said there now. Thanks to your contributions, soon the gift of water will accompany the gift of God’s Word, the Living Water. Bishop Kassala plans to continue planting churches and water wells throughout the diocese.

Timber cut for the church buildings

WELL MAINTENANCE & REPAIRS

Beginning September 16, 2023, Father Adrian will collect donations periodically after Masses at St. Paul VI Parish, for the establishment of a water well fund.  These funds will be set aside and earmarked for water well repair and maintenance. His parishioners are accustomed to this kind of collection, and give generously to them.

Stone and plank benches in the temporary church

St. Paul VI rectory and truck

Crowd gathering for the first Mass

A young boy waiting for Mass

The first Mass is celebrated at St. Paul VI!

The first Mass at St. Paul VI was celebrated on August 20, 2023, in the gaily decorated temporary church. The people rejoiced to be able to gather together in their own village for worship.

After Mass, the parishioners stayed to enjoy a celebration and meal together on the rectory grounds. Many of them brought their own chairs from home and supplied food for the meal.

Two men at the temporary church

Dishes and water for the celebration

Crowd enjoys a celebratory meal 

PROJECT DETAILS

Project Scope: Deep borehole well with electric pump, solar panels, storage tanks, distribution system, and hygiene training

Total Project Cost:  $12,427.15   (31,130,000 Ts – Tanzanian shillings) 

Cost Break Down:

  • Materials:  $7,237.52   (18,130,000 Ts)
  • Labor:         $5,189.63   (13,000,000 Ts)

Future Maintenance:  St. Paul VI parish will take a collection periodically.

Date Funding Required:  September, 2023

Estimated Project Start Date:  September, 2023

Estimated Project Completion Date: October, 2023

The drilling rig

Drilling is underway!

YOUR IMPACT

It can be estimated that over 4,000 people will be positively affected.  There are many undocumented health risks and/or concerns.  For example, many people carry a 5-gallon bucket of water atop their heads for many kilometers.  This undoubtedly causes back pain, neck pain, and foot problems.  The roads that must be traversed are very dusty and rocky.  The women are often carrying a baby on their back and the 5-gallon bucket of water on their head.

A closer source of clean water will greatly impact all of the health and safety issues that are faced every day by the people. Water is a necessity for all living creatures.  The impact of this one well will be far greater than any “calculation” that can be made.

The water well will be located on the property of a Catholic Church Parish, but it will not be cut off from other people to use. Anyone that needs the water will be permitted access.

Videos from Geita, Tanzania

COMPLETED DECEMBER 28, 2023

In the video below, Bishop Flavian Kassala commissions the project.  He gives acknowledgment to the ones who made this possible from Pittsburgh, PA, USA.  He thanks all of the people from Ingomar Living Waters and the generous donors.

While millions of children in the USA woke up on Christmas morning to gifts of toys, clothing, shoes and electronics, the children of Kasesa-Katora in the Geita Region region of Tanzania woke up to the gift of fresh clean water conveniently located at St. Paul VI Catholic Parish.  Thanks to the continuing sacrifices and great generosity of Ingomar Living Waters (ILW) donors this dream became a reality for over 4,000 people this Christmas.

In 2019, Father Adrian Zikambona was sent from the Diocese of Geita, Tanzania, by Bishop Flavian Kassala, to serve in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA. After completing his studies and assignment at Archangel Gabriel Parish, Father Adrian’s next mission was to return to his home country to pastor a new Catholic community in Geita, St. Paul VI Parish. This would involve fundraising to build the parish structures, such as, a rectory (where the priest lives), a church building and a water well. Father Adrian knew that the first priority was fundraising for a water well. However, since Katora-Kasesa is a very impoverished area this would be a difficult challenge and perhaps take years to raise the money needed. Prior to his departure from the USA, Father Adrian was afforded the opportunity to celebrate weekend masses at Archangel Gabriel churches. He expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the parishioners for graciously hosting him for over 3 years, told them about his next assignment and asked for their assistance. A parishioner, who was very involved with the ILW fundraising events, had suggested that he contact ILW.

Father Adrian’s American friend, Bev Davis, offered to assist Father with making the connections to complete the application for funding the water well, and travel with him back to Geita to assess the situation. The next dilemma was how to get the American dollars transferred to the Diocese of Geita. Deacon Tim Noca, from the Pittsburgh Diocese Mission Office, provided the avenues to complete this phase. 

The research data, photos, testimonials and application for funds through ILW were submitted early September 2023. Thanks be to God, the application was approved quickly! The processing and transferring of the funds experienced a few bumps but finally were
available in late November. The bore hole drilling started and abruptly came to a halt when the drilling machine was unable to penetrate the massive rocks unearthed beneath the surface. Bishop Flavian Kassala made the decision to purchase another bore hole driller. This cost is not represented in the final summary report because the diocese will use the machine for other water well projects. Finally, with the project completed, Bishop Kassala presided over the blessing and opening of the water well on December 21, 2023. The Tanzanian Catholics proclaimed, “Tumsifu Jesu Kristu!” Or “Praise be to Jesus Christ!” The response is “Milele Amina!” Or “Forever and ever Amen!”

The dedication ceremony was held at the water well’s solar panels.  The well and pump, surrounded by concrete, are to the left of the crowd at the rectory.  Visible are the two pipes that bring the water from the well up to a raised storage tank above.    

ST PAUL VI PARISH – KATORO PROJECT SUMMARY REPORT 2023

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF GEITA
ST. PAUL VI PARISH VI–KATORO
P.O. BOX 158 GEITA
MOBILENO. +255695013538

SUMMARY REPORT FOR WATER PROJECT DONATED BY INGOMAR LIVING WATERS, PITTSBURGH, PA, USA

A. PROJECT COMPLETION

Actual Completion Date of the Project (Day of Dedication) was Dec 21, 2023.

B. PROJECT COST 

The total cost from beginning to end, including the cost of the new drill, was TSH 31,884,103.30  ($12,702.83 USD.)

C. ESTIMATE OF PEOPLE TO BE SERVED BY THE PROJECT PER DAY

4,000 people (estimate is unchanged since funding.)

D. MEASURED PUMP CAPACITY AND ASSOCIATED ACCESSORIES

MAX FLOW: 4,500 litres/hr (1,188.77 ft/hr)
MAX HEAD” 150 m (39.6258075 ft)
POWER: 1,100 W
VOLTAGE: DC 80-430 V, AC 80-240 V
OUTLET: 1.25 inch
PANELS RECOMMENDED: 340W@ 4 Pcs
IMPELLER:  STAINLESS STEEL

E. ACTUAL WELL AND WATER DEPTH

The depth of the well is 120m (393.7 ft)
The depth of the water is between 75m to 120m (246.063 ft to 393.7008 ft)

F. PROJECT LOCATION

Latitude, Longitude: 3.020278, 31.895833 (unchanged since funding)

NOTE: PICTURES AND SHORT CLIPS FOR THE PROJECT ARE ATTACHED BY REPORT

FR. ADRIAN ZIKAMBONA
PARISH PRIEST

Following are two videos taken during the drilling process, showing the rectory site in the background and the drillers striking water.

In the following video, a parishioner welcomes the people to the commission and blessing of the water well.  He tells them about the project manager, Father David, and the engineers and workers that were involved.  He explains that the project was very expensive and the people must take good care and maintain the well so that it may last a very long time.  Father Adrian stands by Bishop Flavian Kassala as he speaks to the crowd.  Bishop Kassala first gives thanks to God for the water well. He prays,

“In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.
Almighty God you have provided this life-giving water for your people.
We ask that this water may sanctify the body and the soul.
God, may you help to keep good care and use of this well.
God, may you bless this project to last long, and
may it be used for the purpose intended.  

We give thanks also to the many people who were involved
in this project: the project managers, the engineers, the organization
that provided the funds and all of the donors. 

We ask this in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.” 

The people gather with brand-new buckets to draw clean water from their well.

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