Funded by money from the Mike Eggleton Bequest a borehole was successfully drilled at the Mikese farm in Central Tanzania. The 60 acre farm owned and managed by the Amani Centre for children with disabilities is home to some of the more able youth who are in the care of the centre. The Amani Centre was founded over a quarter of a century ago to care for the children with disabilities in the impoverished area of Morogoro Town and also works tirelessly to raise awareness in Tanzania of the needs of the families and children with disabilities. The farm is situated on a hillside some 30km east of Morogoro Town and until this year has relied upon rainfall for its water supply.
Due to the long periods without rain the farm until now has only managed to provide basic food for about nine months of the year to support the Amani Centre and its two outstations. With a guaranteed water supply the farm has already increased the number of milk cows and is in the process of developing a market garden, increasing the number of chickens and installing six bee hives. A Mango orchard planted several years ago is starting to bear fruit as a cash crop. Future food supplies for Amani are now much more secure.