The need is vast: every day, 5,000+ children die from a lack of clean water, often after consuming a deadly virus or parasite as they quench their thirst. Illnesses from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
In the last century, drought has caused more deaths than any other natural disaster. Clean water is critical to health, education and economy. WorldServe’s primary strategy is the drilling of boreholes for water wells.
WorldServe works in partnership with local leaders to ensure that well sites are built and maintained for sustainability. A key outcome is that, instead of walking several hours to a dirty water source, village women and girls can secure clean water in perhaps 15 minutes, allowing economy and education to flourish as time is spent more productively. Health issues diminish further as hygiene can be learned and practiced.
WorldServe Life Centers are grounded in more than two decades of work bringing new life and hope to communities in sub-Saharan Africa. We first put theory into practice in Loiborsoit, Tanzania, a village of approximately 5,000 Maasai people. This tribe – known for their bright red clothing, rich cultural heritage and a Pastoral way of life (raising cattle) – was challenged by health services more than two days walk away and a critical lack of clean water to exacerbate preventable, though often life-threatening, illness.
Working in concert with village and church leaders, we outlined the health, educational and water needs, beginning by building a clinic on land they provided. During a preliminary medical clinic lasting four days, teams of doctors saw 2,000 people, including children and adults on the brink of death from waterborne illness, children with STDs, blinding eye infections caused by flies (and preventable through hand washing), and countless respiratory infections.
As our relationships deepened, it became clear that the main water source for the village was inadequate. Returning for a water and sanitation project, we were provided property near the clinic site and began to plan for the Life Center now taking shape. Working together to provide an array of services through the Life Center at Loiborsoit, our goal is to reduce suffering and improve lives through clean water, improved health care, improved education, while preserving their rich culture and heritage.
WorldServe operates in a unique way. More than a decade ago, our founders challenged U.S. and Tanzanian business leaders to start an enterprise in Tanzania that could create jobs, provide clean water to local communities and be a sustainable business. The goal was to increase the capacity to provide clean water throughout East Africa.
In 2002, Maji-Tech was created not only to steward all WorldServe water projects but those of countless other humanitarian organizations, businesses and governments. With offices near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Maji-Tech’s seven drilling rig teams and leaders, national natives in majority, have completed water projects serving almost two million people throughout East Africa. Beyond its employee base, Maji-Tech reflects a long-term commitment to creating jobs and strengthening local economies by engaging with in country lawyers, accountants, financial advisors, and tribal leaders to ensure the best outcome for the long term utilization of these essential water resources.