For the young girls who travel long distances to go to school in the rural areas of most developing countries such as Tanzania, not having access to clean water and adequate latrines is an unbearable load. This socio-economic challenge contributes to increased public health problems, sexual harassment, and interferes with the girls' educational accomplishments.  

With the long-term goal of increasing educational opportunities, health, and safety for females in Tanzania, our team WBT (Women Building Tanzania) initiative, together with Estim Construction and Dhow Nature Foods, has been working on improving the water infrastructure and latrine issues at the Kiparang'anda primary school in Tanzania. We are very pleased now that the water issue at the school has been resolved after the water tank upgrades and additional electrical enhancements were completed by Estim construction. We extend our deepest gratitude to all our partners and the school administration for the hard work and commitment to our mission. 

Partnerships for Innovative Research in Africa (PIRA) Grant 

The Women Building Tanzania Team at MSU is working towards improving water, sanitation, and energy infrastructure for primary school students as part of increasing female educational attainment in Tanzania. This team is excited to share that they have secured a ~$99,000 grant to build a research network out of what has been mostly outreach and intervention. Soon the team will be working collaboratively between MSU, the University of Dar es Salaam, and a host of US and African NGOs and businesses to begin our research project titled, "Understanding the Nexus Between Energy and Water Infrastructure, WASH Access, Gender Roles, and Female Educational Attainment in Tanzania." To learn more about this grant:

Estim Construction (  

Dhow Nature Foods (  

For more information please go to our Women Building Tanzania program page