I’m happy to announce that after a long series of developments we are finally ready to drill this well and are commencing the work this month in January, 2017! Thank you for you part in getting us to this point. It’s go time!
Since we have last shared an update on the water project, we went through several rounds of attempts to get the well done by working with the Rotary Club. Ultimately, this didn’t end up working out since the Rotary Club always works through a club in the country where they are doing the project and the club in Nairobi had another project in mind where they redirected the efforts.
Earlier this year, I learned that Henry, the guy from Rakwaro who we’ve been working with to bring water to his community, had connected with another generous collaborator in Kenya named Crissy. Happy to know that I might have new partners in the project, I reached out and we connected to discuss what we had done so far and how might be able to work together to move the project forward.
Crissy had connected with a non-profit organization in Oregon, called Helping Hands International, that agreed to sponsor and to accept the donations on behalf of the project. This is the kind of partnership that we have always lacked and that has prevented us from ultimately completing the project. As we connected with Crissy and Ron from Helping Hands International, we saw a way to move forward together and to collaborate to finally bring clean water to this village in Kenya that I first set foot in almost 10 years ago.
Together, we’ve worked with the driller in Kenya who provided us the quote during our last attempt to get the project done. We believe Kenn Kaudo and his company, Wata Haus, to be a trustworthy partner in this endeavor. Kenn brings an approach to this kind of work fits our desire to empower people to help create a better future for their communities. He does this by training members of the community to do basic troubleshooting of problems with the well and to know when they need to call for help.
Here’s where you come in. Our goal is to drill the well, setup a holding tank and install a solar pump to keep the water flowing into the tank. This enables easier access to the water for the community. Our aim is ultimately to run a pipe off the well that will enable the community to setup a greenhouse, bring fresh vegetables to an area where the diet consists almost entirely of corn from the nearby fields. A greenhouse would make fresh vegatables more accessible and create a business opportunity for the community.
You can support the project in a few ways:
1) Click here to donate to the effort. You can be confident that the work is happening and your funds will go toward direct impact. You will also receive a tax-deductible receipt from Helping Hands International
2) Buy Kenyan tea, handmade bracelets or our last Kenyan handmade bag for yourself or as gifts knowing that 100% of the proceeds will go toward finishing the well.
3) Pray that the drilling goes well, that the project is successful and that the community of Rakwaro has access to clean water for many years to come.