N'Giresi Water Project
N’giresi village is situated 7 kms
NNE of Arusha, on the slopes of Mt. Meru.
The local tribe is the Wa Arusha and they
are all farmers. They are related to the
Masai tribe but have gradually shifted from
pastoralism to agriculture. Some Wa Arusha
still live in the traditional bomas and others
try to build stone houses. Some depend on
income from their cows and others have cultivated
large plots. As the village is situated on
the slopes of Mt Meru farmers are applying
terraces to avoid soil erosion. Wa Arusha
live together with their cattle and goats
in the same house
Prior to our project the Villagers got their
water from surface water ditches (dug 25
years ago), but these are contaminated from
wildlife and domestic animals in addition
to human waste. There were no storage facilities
to level out the highs and lows of the water
As a result of our project there is piped
water to the primary school. On our visit
we saw the source of the water and observed
the filtration pipes and newly formed small reservoir.
We then walked the length of the pipeline
down to the large 10,000 gallon tank, often
passing the disgusting old open channel
water, which remains for those villagers
who can't yet get clean water.
Then the water is piped further down the
hill to the school.
During our visits we met with N'Giresi
Village Chairman Mzee Lotti, Lower Village
Elder Elis, Secretary, Benjamin Loitopuaki
Mollel + 3 committee ladies (there
are 10 on committee). We also met with the
Official Government Water Engineer, Mahammed
We were entertained with songs from the Women's
choir, the Masai and the primary school children.
We then had the official turning on of the
water supply to everyone's joy.
We also visited the secondary school, which
will have water in phase 2 of the project.
For full details see www.mountmeru.350.com