Our History

A serendipitous meeting between the founder of Pure Water Joy, a native of Nandanga, Keneth Simbaya and his current, U.S. based fundraising volunteer, Leah Fenimore, an American who briefly lived in Tanzania, resulted in a successful fundraiser campaign to drill and install a borehole well in the village, enabling the residents of Nandanga to, gratefully, pump the clean and safe groundwater below to the surface, providing a resource they had never seen in their lives.  Several years on, the health and well-being of the Nandanga community has drastically improved.  The physical health of its citizens is better than ever now that the rates of infection and death from cholera and other water-borne illnesses has dropped dramatically. More children are able to attend school and the village’s women are far safer from what used to be a constant threat of sexual assault upon leaving the village to find water elsewhere.  Women are also now able to devote significantly more time to helping their children succeed and to developing their own entrepreneurial endeavors.  Because of this new reality, Nandanga is truly thriving. 

Keneth Simbaya (right) pictured with his well-drilling instructor during a field practical in 2017

Keneth Simbaya (right) pictured with his well-drilling instructor during a field practical in 2017

The transformation of Nandanga that Keneth watched unfold over several years inspired him to enroll in a college program to become a well technician and simultaneously work to create Pure Water Joy, now legally recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization (Registration number: NGO/000946) in Tanzania.  Pure Water Joy is ready to increase our reach from the one rural village of Nandanga, to the greater Tanzanian area.  With your generous support, we will implement an elegant solution to provide the vital resource of clean water, and thus improved health, well-being and physical safety to millions of people in Tanzania.   

Keneth pictured with the certificate granting Pure Water Joy NGO status

Keneth pictured with the certificate granting Pure Water Joy NGO status