Makongoro Borehole

In answering the 2008 UN Call for Clean water, this is how we sank the well in Buturi. The Water Project was completed in 2010. Our aim was to provide clean drinking water for Buturi Makongoro village.

Fresh drinking water is now easily accessible by the villagers, thanks to your generosity, the business community and the ordinary people. As Founder of the Buturi Project I would like to pay tribute to the Devon community; most especially Sidmouth and Exmouth. This project has been a truly remarkable achievement, not only for its gift of water but also as a demonstration of the amazing heart of Devon’s people. Thank you to all individuals who were involved in fund-raising for this project, but a special tribute goes out to the following individuals who played a vital role in supporting the Buturi Water Project 2008.

Our first major fund raising event. “Taste of Tanzania Charity Gala,” which took place at Sidmouth Chambers, Knowle, East Devon.

A huge thank you to all our friends for coming together and, having fun cooking African food for this event which was a full sit down meal and a black tie occasion. Thank you to all community members and businesses for buying the tickets and supporting this, our first major fund raising event.

Many thanks also to Sidmouth College Head Teacher Jamey Roberts and Mr. Chris Woodward and the Students of Post 16 for their service. Thanks also to Post 16 of Collaton Grammar School.

Phase 2 of our fund raising was a huge collaboration with schools in East Devon in the name of the campaign for clean water for Buturi Makongoro village, and it followed on from a very successful charity gala. All the schools and colleges came together to produce a special production of “The Lion King”. Each school had a different scene to play and they all had to make their own masks, which they really enjoyed doing. All the schools rehearsed independently, only coming together 30 minutes before the performance began. This showed the kindred spirit they all had in the name of art and drama. Thank you for rocking it guys! Also, a massive thank you to all individuals in East Devon who supported the ‘Jambo Tanzania’ concert held in December 2008. In particular, we would like to pay tribute to:

Sidmouth Herald: Diana Bowerman: News Editor
Sidmouth View: Huw Hennessy: Reporter
Local Business owner: Deidre Dee
Everyone from Team Buturi Project
Exmouth Town Mayor: Joe Whipps
Budleigh Salterton Town Mayor: Chris Kitson
Exeter Southwest Water
South-Staffs-Water: (Rod Bloodworth)
Goviers of Sidmouth: Alan Morgenroth
Potburys of Sidmouth: Michael Lee
Sidmouth West Cliff Hotel: Ken Cumming
Sidmouth Royal York Hotel: Sarah Hook and Family
Nicola Skudder: Graphic Designer
Sidmouth Mocha Restaurant: Nigel, Graham and family
Sidmouth Gift Shop: Alan and Joyce.
Sidmouth Paragon books (Mark Chapman)
Sidmouth homes Giftshop (Alan & Pat Parish)
Sidmouth Elizabeth Hotel (Mark & Jo Seward)
Hampshire/Southampton Grosvenor vat Consulants (Mike & Payne)

Special tribute goes to all the schools who participated, for all their hard work and enthusiasm.

Sidmouth Community College: Jeremy Robert (Head Master)
Sidmouth Community College: Sue Hurley (Head of Six Forms)
Sidmouth Community College: Chris Woodward (Rural Diversity)
Sidmouth Community College: Angela Davies (Drama )
Sidmouth Community College: Rob Howells (English Teacher)
Sidmouth Community College: Mary Hext
Sidbury C of E Primary School: (Head Teacher) and Team
Otterton C of E Primary School: Pat Fowler (Head Teacher) and Team.
Sidmouth All Saints Infants School: Vivian Craig (Head Teacher) and Team
Sidmouth Infants School: Mrs. William (Head Teacher) and Team.
Sidmouth St Joseph’s Primary School: Mr. Montgomery (Head of Music)
Exmouth Community College: Mrs. Judy Shankster-Jones (Head of Music)
Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh Primary School: Gill Chalkier (Head of Music)
Exmouth Marpool Primary School: Rachel Pattison (Head Teacher) and Team
Exmouth St Peter’s Primary School: Mr. Vincent McClosky (Head Teacher)
Exmouth St Peters Primary School: Mr. Roberts (Music Teacher.)
Exmouth Southwest Ballet Arts: Ms R Fairweather (And All the Dancers)
Exmouth Stagecoach Performing Arts: Sue Marston and the production team.
A huge thank you to all the mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunties and uncles and everyone else who bought a ticket.

A huge thank you goes out to all the children and teachers for their hard work in making ‘Jambo Tanzania’ such a memorable event. In total, they raised for us just over £14,800.

We would welcome students from engineering and / or other departments from any university to partner with us in a research or engineering capacity. We envisage the valuable contribution you can make towards the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (or Global Goals for Sustainable Development). We hope you will see this is a worthy, humanitarian project that you would want to be part of. We are happy to arrange a meeting, or drop us an email at if you want to learn more about the nine programs that make up the project.