Protagonists and how Fog Collectors actually work

Day 2

Birdsongs, chirping and the yelling of the ibis kick us out of bed quite early. The night has been pretty short, but curiosity displaces fatigue. Whatever has been hiding during the night, is being revealed just now and takes our breath away: the Kiboko Lodge is located in the midst of the most beautiful swamplands, at the Ngurdoto crater, not far from Mount Meru whose beauty is inevitably for all the world to see this morning. „Tanzania, you are magical!“ I want to shout.

The crew from ped World just arrived at the Kiboko lodge this morning and we come and meet each other during breakfast. Hello!

In the name of investigative journalism and ungratified curiosity – it is time for some question and answers!

Who is ped World and who is actually behind this organisation?

ped World has been established by Bernd Küppers and Christina Bösenberg as a nonprofit association in Heidelberg, Germany that is specialized in dynamic active help throughout the world, on an equal footing. Social aid and nature protection projects are being implemented with the pursuit to create opportunities for the people that again enable them to take up responsibility for their own resources. ped World is a coordinator between foreign financial aid and sustainable, meaningful aid projects on location. The fog collectors are one example.

The extraction of drinking water from fog is a new and unexploited way to provide water in regions that have been deeply affected by the missing availability of water. And yet - not so new - this technology has been in the field since 20 years now and it actually works!

What do fog collectors actually do?

One single squaremeter of this specific, finely woven mesh – that is being produced in Chile – can filter the smallest waterdrop out of the mist that passes by the nets. The water is being deducted from the nets through a gutter and collected in large 1.000 l tanks. Five to ten liters, in good days even up to 20 liters of water can be collected in just one day with the help of these nets. A standard net of 40 square meters can provide up to 1.000 l of drinking water per day!

I should enunciate the fact that we are going to set up two double fog collectors in Endabok, in the region of Babati. At its best this means we will be able to provide 4.000 l of fresh and clean drinking water to the school and the villages close by. Annualized we are speaking of 1.46 million liters of water in 365 days. Instantly usable, no filter system necessary, no external energy sources for its performance. A good number!

More protagonists of our team: Innocent and Vuyo from the blogger trio I See A Different You.


I See A Different You are three creative heads from South Africa who are working on changing perceptions of Africa by telling their own different story. They are portraying an African world in a language that immediately extinguishes images of poverty, diseases, corruption and hopelessness and prove that there is more than that. Namely fun, love, romance, style and many, many chances to do better. And they are actually pretty convincing. At the latest you start buying it when you stand in front of them. Unfortunately Justice, Innocent’s twin brother couldn’t come to Tanzania.

As you can see: wonderful people, a great organization, a fascinating project! We are absolutely convinced, the next days are going to be heart-stopping.

Today everything is all about acclimatization. Alltogether. All in all we are a group of 11 people, 3 drivers, 3 off-road vehicles.

We spend the afternoon at the Arusha Nationalpark, meeting our first zebras, flamingoes and buffalos. The first pictures are being taken, the first impressions of Tanzania are being made. We’re in high spirits having a wonderful time together.

The day ends with good food and inspiring talks. 

Conclusion of the day: Tanzania, you and your people are beautiful! Give us more!



Day 3

We’re starting off the day early. By the way, this is not going to change in the next days. 

We are on a quick stop at the Huruma orphanage on our way to Arusha. The orphanage is one of ped World’s local projects and provides shelter to about 20 children between 3 and 16 years. And they are quite happy, too. 


After a quick „Hello“ we’re off again to Arusha for buying our last materials and supplies before finally heading for Dareda.

We are quite curious about the city, not having any expectations and imagination how a city like Arusha could actually look like.

Most of the materials for the fog collectors are being purchased locally, such as power pullers, several meters of wire rope, tools, a ladder and water tanks with a capacity of up to 2.000 l. The nets, however, are being produced in Chile and delivered to Kilimanjaro directly.

Arusha itself is a bustling little city, crowded, dusty and noisy. A lack of drinking water can already be seen here. We pass by a few children and adults collecting water out of few black puddles or digging holes in the roadside ditches. Hard to believe.

In the afternoon we head west towards Babati, the region where we are going to set-up the nets in the next days. Babati is about a 4 hours drive from Arusha. The drive leads us through the so called massai plain, an amazing and mind-blowing scenery presenting at least a hundred different shades of green. A beauty that is hard to put into words. Here and there you can spot a massai covered in a bright red or blue massai dress inbetween all the greens. We really can’t get enough of this view! 


We reach the small village named Soleto in the early evening. Soleto is a part of the community of Dareda in the region of Babati. Our little base camp is Mama Stella’s small pension that is part of the St. Josef Vocational Center, a local education center. After a comforting and typically Tanzanian dinner we’re calling it a night. It has been a long day  and it is going to be early again tomorrow!!



Register now to get 15% off your next order!