Sep 06, 2017 15:11

Surbana Jurong supports Buguruni School for the Deaf in Tanzania

Buguruni School for the Deaf
Buguruni School for the Deaf students at the opening of the new water drinking taps which the water has passed through filtration for clean and safe drinking water

The SMEC Foundation recently partnered Buguruni School for the Deaf in Tanzania to rehabilitate and improve basic facilities at the school. The SMEC Foundation helped rehabilitate the water supply system, to ensure a clean and safe source of drinking water, and provide water supply to the kitchen, toilets and dormitories.

Formed in 1974 by the Tanzania Deaf Society, and operated in conjunction with the Government of Tanzania, Buguruni School is a free primary school for deaf children. The school is run under a strict budget which is insufficient to meet the needs of the pupils. The school has approximately 268 pupils including 150 boarders.

The SMEC Foundation project comprised:

  • A water supply system which included the extension of an existing single tap to a 1,000-litre tank and drinking area with 36 outlets for pupils. The outlets provide clean and safe drinking water after filtration to enhance water safety.
  • A float switch for tanks using water from the borehole to reduce loss of water due to overflowing from tanks, improve sanitation and reduce electricity costs.
  • A new supply and distribution system of pipe network to consumer points. Water was supplied to all toilets and bathrooms across the compound including dormitories, classroom blocks and offices.
  • Flushing of the 20-year borehole and rectification of the pumps together with electric works for the pump.
SMEC Foundation Tanzania
Regional Manager – East Africa (T) Nasser Harrasy (last on right), Country Manager – Tanzania, Mohammed Kumbakumba (second from left) and Assistant Country Manager and CSR committee member Abdulkher Islam (third from left), with the Headmistress of the Buguruni School for the Deaf and the Executive Director of Tanzania Society for the Deaf (in jacket) at the opening ceremony.

Mr Yasin Mawe, Executive Director of Tanzania Society for the Deaf said, “I would like to extend our heartfelt and sincere thanks to SMEC. We look forward to continuing working with you in any other projects from your end for the benefits of the children at our school.”