Jay-Z and Beyoncé, photographed using the clean water pipe system he had installed in Mwananyamala, Tanzania on October 4, 2006.
It was donated to the ward by Hov as part of his United Nations-certified "Water for Life Tour." In partnership with MTV and the UN, Hov toured several developing countries, meeting people who do not have access to safe water. MTV followed him and recorded the documentary "Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life." "I was looking for a cause to attach myself to," Jay explained. "I knew I was going to some places where there was problems and as soon as I came across the problems of water, and seen the numbers that were attached to it, I was like, this is it." After doing research he learned the lack of clean water is a global crisis that blights millions every day. In 2006 the UN estimated that more than 1 billion people don't have access to clean drinking water and more than 2.6 billion live w/o proper sanitation. As of 2013 they estimate those numbers have dropped to 783 million and 2.5 billion respectively. 6-8 million still die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases. As Hov explained, "Three people die every three minutes … from easily preventable diseases." In order to witness these problems firsthand, Jay approached MTV and invited them to follow him on his first African tour. "I set an incredibly lofty goal of getting the U.N. involved," he said. "So they spoke to my people, they spoke to MTV and then the whole thing happened." In the doco Jay (37) admitted that it had taken time for him to appreciate his riches: "You put a guy who’s 17, a young guy who came from a difficult neighborhood and wasn't used to having anything, in the next 8 months he’s a millionaire. It’s shocking. It's like 'Wow, you mean I can go get a watch that costs whatever?'" But he recognized that his experiences in the hood were not easily compared with those living in extreme poverty. "It made me realize that as tough as we had it .. that's not the bottom .. you have water, paved roads, school, you don't have to play in open sewage. That's the hood." #jayz #beyonce #tanzania #2006 @unitednations @mtv #waterforlifetour