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Projects Abroad wins award for 'Community Project of the Year' at the Digital Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2010

Water sanitation project in Tanzania is recognised as ‘best community project’

Projects Abroad, the global leader in short-term overseas volunteer work placements, won the award for Community Project of the Year at the Digital Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2010, which were hosted last Wednesday 1 December. The awards are dedicated to internet entrepreneurialism with entries from a number of industries across the web. Projects Abroad won the award for its water sanitation project in Tanzania which took place earlier this summer.

The project was created by Wendy Tisdell, director of Bridgit Water who initially visited Jamaica as a volunteer with Projects Abroad in April 2008. After spending only a few days at her placement, her own background as a director of a water and sewerage infrastructure company made her realise that she had a lot more to offer than simply an extra pair of hands. Wendy’s company sponsored and funded the water and sanitation project in Jamaica in 2009 in conjunction with Projects Abroad volunteers. The project was then brought to Tanzania in 2010.

The project was at St. Gabriel Children’s Home in Arusha, a home for children whose mothers have been imprisoned. The centre had also established a small school that educates resident children as well as children from the surrounding villages currently accommodating approximately 96 children. The facility had a very basic and wholly unreliable water infrastructure in place that was totally inadequate for the day to day needs of the centre. The project involved stabilizing and developing the existing borehole and pumping infrastructure, upgrading the current water storage facility from 8,000 litres to 106,000 litres, installing guttering on the school and some housing and installing a secure and reliable power source for pump operation and to provide limited power to the site.

Peter Slowe, founder of Projects Abroad commented, “We are very proud to receive this award in recognition for our achievements for the water sanitation project in Tanzania. The project, which was a follow-on from the Jamaica water sanitation project in 2009, was a great success and we are currently seeking volunteers for the 2011 project which will commence in May. We are also excited to be turning our attention to Bolivia in January 2011 which will run from 4 January for four weeks. All of these projects with the assistance of our volunteers and specialised staff will really help to make a tangible and long-lasting difference to the lives of those affected.”

Other finalists in the category were Meetdraw, Sign Translate, Test Drive the Arts and WORLDwrite.

Projects Abroad was also shortlisted for the Travel Entrepreneur of the Year award.

For more information, please visit www.projects-abroad.co.uk

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