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UK charity seeks funds in UAE for Tanzania water projects

A British charity that provides clean water in poorer areas of Tanzania is seeking to raise funds

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A British charity that provides clean water in poorer areas of Tanzania is seeking to raise funds in the UAE.

The Poverty Relief Foundation (PRF) builds wells and water tanks in remote villages in the country’s north western Kagera region and recently constructed its 100th well in the country.

Founder Raymond Rowan spoke to media in Abu Dhabi, saying he would welcome donations from the UAE.

“Raising awareness of what we do is obviously key to attracting donations,” said Raymond, 73, whose son, daughter and granddaughter live in the capital,” he said, according to SevenMedia.

“This year, I’m very happy to say, we reached a real milestone building our 100th well. When we started constructing the wells nine years ago, I never imagined we would reach even 50, so to get to 100 wells is beyond all expectations.

“The wells we build provide these communities with access to clean, safe water, and one of the major benefits of that is the reduction of water-borne diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea and bilharzia.

“Apart from saving lives, the children have less trips to the hospital, which means they can spend more time in school, and less sick days for the adults means they’re able to spend more time cultivating their land, growing crops.

“We want people to have a better life, and the most important thing in life is water. Water is life.”

As well as water, the charity works to improve education in rural areas and has to date built 10 permanent classrooms.

“It’s such a shame when you’ve got all these children desperate to learn, without any facilities,” said Raymond.