Water Missions International is reaching communities in Tanzania with sustainable, comprehensive safe water solutions by establishing a new country program called Water Missions International — Tanzania.

The program, headquartered in Dar es Salaam, serves as the field office for all safe water projects within Tanzania and potential projects in surrounding nations. Tanzania is Water Missions’ 10th country program.

The Charleston-based nonprofit’s country programs function as field offices with nongovernmental organization status in selected countries where native, full-time Water Missions staff members facilitate projects. Staff often travel to neighboring nations to implement additional projects and disaster responses.

Others served by country programs include Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Belize and Indonesia.

“Tanzania is a natural choice for Water Missions International to establish another country program,” founder and CEO George Greene III said in a statement. “It connects the geographic gap between our existing country programs in Africa and presents a great need for sustainable safe drinking water solutions that we feel Water Missions International is positioned to address.”

The move allows Water Missions to expand its TradeWater program, a management model designed for communities that lack capacity to maintain its community-managed safe water solution. Instead, this program focuses on solar-powered treatment systems.

Water Missions began work in Tanzania in 2002 with a community-based safe water project and has since provided engineering consultation.

The first shipment to Water Missions International — Tanzania will take place in December and will include solar panels, pumps, treatment equipment and supplies to stock the program for projects.

For more, go to www.watermissions.org/tanzania.