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When we say to our brothers and sisters in Kenya “how can we help?”, their answers provide the direction for our faith based humanitarian assistance. During the June, 2012 trip to Kenya, repairs to a diesel powered well pump brought water to 5,000 people. A change from a non-functioning windmill to an electric submersible pump brought water to 7,500 people. The well we drilled during the trip will provide water for the secondary school we plan to build. The 16.5 acre school site has already purchased. The school will not only teach the basics, but will also teach Bible and provide vocational training in areas such as farming, sewing, carpentry, welding, electricity, motorcycle repair, and well drilling. Another well drilled after the June trip has been described as potentially the best well in the District with a pump test of 12,000 liters/hour.
Every 21 seconds a child in the world dies from water-related diseases. One of the greatest challenges facing the world is clean water. 80% of Kenya’s 40 million people do not have access to clean water. Currently through a partnership of Caring for Kenya, Healing Hands International, and Rotary Clubs, we are completing a water distribution plan to add the pumps, water tanks, and kiosks to the three recently drilled wells. When the project is completed another 15,000 people will have access to clean water.
At present, women and children walk up to 12 miles to get water. With kiosks from this project, the walk for water is shorter, the water supply cleaner, food production greater, and the people are healthier. We currently have drilling requests from all over Kenya. The people who desperately need water typically cannot afford the cost of the drilling. In some areas in western Kenya shallow wells can be drilled while in the Kitui District of eastern Kenya wells usually require drilling through rock layers and the drilling is up to 160 meters deep. Can you help us bring clean water to more families?