QNET Celebrates World Environment Day With Clean Water

06Jun 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
QNET Celebrates World Environment Day With Clean Water

Every June 5th, the World celebrates World Environment Day and what better way to commemorate search an important day than reaffirming dedication to ensure access to clean, safe water where it is needed the most, rural Tanzania.

Doing just that is uprising direct selling company QNET and Water for Africa (WFA), a movement that was started in 2015 by an Australian couple Julie and Phil Hepworth.

WFA works to address sanitation and scarcity of water in rural Tanzania by building wells.

Each well costs about USD 5,000 and provides water to 3,000 villagers. The first water well was built in Mtwango village in Mufindi district, providing clean water supply for nearly 2,000 people.

By 2020, WFA had helped build a total of 45 wells which provides water to close to two million people in Tanzania.

Commendably, over the last five years, WFA, working with responsible partners like QNET, has given clean water to more than 1.7 million people in rural Tanzania.

QNET, has worked extensively with WFA to provide underprivileged communities with access to water.

This partnership is in line with one of QNET’s main core values, which is to advocate for and become a fully sustainable entity to safeguard resources for future generatio

"We constantly strive to become a fully sustainable entity with a goal to safeguard the planet and its resources for the next generation," comments Malou Caluza, QNET CEO.

"We want to leave a positive impact on the world and minimise any harm towards the environment, whether it be through our products, operations, or partnerships," she added.

Farming for water sustainability: The Footprint Project

WFA did not stop there, neither did QNET, together they set up a sustainable farming project dubbed, Footprint Project.

The project aims to provide opportunity and economic growth through farming macadamias and avocados on a 5o acre land in Iringa, Tanzania.

The profit from this farm funds the construction and maintenance of the water wells for rural Tanzanian communities that have no access to clean water.

Thanks to the Footprint Project, the wells are sustained and the farm also provides employment for the local community.

The project also serves to empower and uplift women and girls in the community. It effectively allows girls to attend school instead of traveling for miles to fetch water.

Commenting on the project, James Raj said the idea of the plantation is to help sustain the building and the maintenance of the water wells without assistance from anyone else.

“Before this, the women and children in the area had to walk for 11 kilometres to get their water supply, which most of the time is contaminated,” he recalled.

“The people had to share the same water source with wild animals. They bring home the water and even though they boil it, they still contracted diseases. They have no choice but to keep going back to the same river because that is their only source of water,” he said.

“With support from RYTHM Foundation, WFA is now able to automate the water indication and fixed solar power to be more sustainable,” he said.

Most importantly, he was keen to point out that because of the farming project (Footprint project) funds are raised to maintain and dig new wells.

"When all this is in place, it creates a sustainable project so that when RF or WFA exit from this project, the local people will be able to take ownership and may no longer need funds from foreigners to build water wells, he said.

In his testimonial, Hillary, a beneficiary of the project recalls how difficult life was for him and his family before the project was started and how life changed after he got employment with WFA and the Footprint Project.

“It was a hard life for me and my family. I have two children, Happy, 8 and Joanna, 3 and since my wife Regina was not working, we had to live on what I bring home, if I bring home anything at all,” he lamented.

“So, I started working for them, three days in a week as a water technician where I repair broken or abandoned water wells and install new ones. Then, two days in a week, I work on their Footprint Project where I learn to become a farmer, as I am taught how to clear land, plant seedlings and prune trees,” he said

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