Victor Mavika, a Tanzanian Ambassador for Safe Water for the Sonjo Tribe

$12,000 of $18,000 raised

Welcome to the Sonjo Story

The Sonjo tribe is one of 131 distinct tribes in Tanzania. They live near the Serengeti Plain, inside the Ngorongoro district. There are around 35,000 Sonjo indigenous and counting. Their religion is an African tribal religion. There are around 400 believers, just a little more than one percent.

Cross-cultural worker Gina Helms, has spent much time in the Sonjo doing evangelism, medical clinics and education projects among the Sonjo people for nine years, with a goal of also raising up Tanzanian youth who will be missionaries to their own people. One youth involved in this ministry is Victor Mavika. His ministry among the Sonjo led to the opportunity for Victor to attend Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Missions pastor Doug Chandler, made it possible for Victor to attend URBANA conference in St. Louis at the end of 2015. While at the conference, Victor stopped at New Life International’s booth and shared his involvement in the Sonjo ministry and his desire to provide safe water to the Sonjo villages.

To promote the launching of NLI’s crowdfunding projects on our website, a sponsored purifier system was offered to the best project submitted at URBANA. Victor’s story as a Tanzanian ambassador for safe water for the Sonjo people was compelling and he was awarded the system.  Though Victor is in university, he is making a difference in his native land. Ms. Helms is collaborating with Victor and is mobilizing other youth to keep this a youth-focused effort for community impact in Tanzania. Thanks to Victor and NLI, safe water is now a way to show the love of God to the Sonjo people and beyond and it is serving as a powerful catalyst for young leaders to impact their communities.

Project Status

  • To date, Victor’s awarded system and another system awarded through the ORU Chapel Offering Project have been installed in two villages by Victor and the youth team. These purifiers are serving safe water to 6,800 villagers and students.
  • In the last year, two additional installations have been supported through Mt. Paran Church in Atlanta and two more installations have been fully supported by private individuals.
  • We will be implementing these four systems in 2019.
  • Our goal was 12 purifiers for the twelve villages of the Sonjo. We now have funding for 6 of the 12 villages in hand.
  • Outstanding funds are needed for the remaining 6 villages. With our current design, a complete site installation project is around $4,500.
  • Our youth-led team is expanding. Some of these youth include: Victor, Chris, Winniel, Jupiter, Pascal, Nash, Ebenezer, Dickson, Walter, Holder, and Josh.

Expanding the Vision

We are also excited to share that NLI welcomed Victor as an engineering intern in 2018. Victor did excellent engineering work providing valuable research into NLI’s efforts to keep improving and expanding our purifier designs. Victor also chose water purification for his senior research project at ORU. His team is developing techniques  to remove bacteria from water using peat moss and duck weed for a project in Zimbabwe. That project will be implemented by an ORU mission team in the summer of 2019.

How Do I Get Involved?

We want to expand our team and would love to connect with you if you are interested in knowing more, getting involved in various aspects of the project, sponsoring a village in part or in full, or helping us advocate for safe water for the world. We can all do something!

Contact Information

Victor Mavika, Tanzanian Safe Water Ambassador,
Josh Midthun, USA contact for our Safe Water Projects,
Gina Helms, Global Worker, Tanzania,

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