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Rehabilitating the Community Pond in Naitolia, Tanzania

Village children watching the pond excavation


Since the mid-1970s, Naitolia has relied on its community pond as the primary source of water for their cattle. During floods in February 2017, the pond walls were breached and it no longer holds water. In August 2017, TPP facilitated travel to the village by a team from the Yale University chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Accompanied by Tula Ngasala, EWB conducted a pond rehabilitation feasibility study. The team gathered and analyzed background from community members, GPS surveys, and water samples. EWB and TPP team members met with the community to present and discuss rehabilitation options and costs. The community agreed to pay five percent of the project cost and to provide the rock, sand, and labor needed to construct a cattle trough near the pond. TPP also pledged project funds. EWB raised the additional funds needed. The implementation of the project began in June 2018.