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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.

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A young family walking to church 


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.

Kasesa-Katora Village

Children bringing water home

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.


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.


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

Stone and plank benches in the temporary church


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.

Temporary church building and 
foundation for permanent church

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


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 Ts – Tanzanian shillings) 

Cost Break Down:

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


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.

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