Rural Tanzania

Mafia Island’s infrastructure is very poor with significant lack of access to safe water

What we are doing right now

Mafia Island lies off the mouth of the Rufiji River in Southern Tanzania and is one of the least developed parts of Tanzania. The population of the archipelago is reported to be up to 60,000 people mostly living in rustic fishing communities and farming villages. The district capital of Utende, the main tourist are is the only area with electricity.

Waterborne disease, malaria and other health conditions are prevalent, compounded by a considerable shortage of medical staff and materials at both the district hospital and village clinics. As well as this, travel to and from the island is difficult. It can only be reached either by small aircraft from Dar el Salaam at a cost which is beyond the reach of most islanders, or by sailing boat to Kisiju, the nearest point on the mainland, and then by bus to Dar el Salaam.

Global Angels has helped transform the island with the provision of safe drinking water reaching around 4,000 people. The project is now complete and has helped reduce the physical, social, and emotional burden emanating from water scarcity, poor sanitation and hygiene, especially for the women and children living there.