Where in the world is Farkwa?

Where in the World is Farkwa?

The village of Farkwa is in central Tanzania, about three hours by rough road north of the official capital, Dodoma. Gwandi is a neighbouring village.

The district is semi-arid with unreliable rainfall. Most people are subsistence farmers using only hand tools.


There is no rain at all for 7 months, from May to November.

Water is an on-going issue. and over the past 13 years we have helped to ease the problem.

Fostering Futures has built about 180,000L of underground tanks at Farkwa Secondary School but they can’t hold enough to supply the students needs.

  • In the dry season, water was pumped from the village bore. This pump often failed; so students had to carry water for 2 – 3k from the water holes to school. They missed valuable class time while doing this.  Fostering Futures has been able to help through our fundraising, initially buying 2 bikes to speed the process and more recently paying for water cartage by trucks.
  • Then in early 2019 there was exciting news! The Government funded a new dedicated bore to the school, It took time to be built and install pipes directly to the school but it  solved a major problem
  • In late 2020 the electricity grid extended through Farkwa and the pump now is electric! Much more reliable and cheaper for the school to run.


Community Life

Most people in Farkwa belong to the Sandawe tribe, who were traditionally hunter-gatherers. There are also people from other tribes such as Gogo, Maasai and Barbaig.

In Gwandi there is a mixture of tribes including Barbaig, Maasai, Burunge, Sandawe and Rangi.

The different tribes co-exist in harmony in Tanzania, as do the different religions.

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