Water is such a precious commodity in Kenya

Contributed by Jessica Disney

In 2015 we did a three week safari driving almost to every National Park in Kenya from Amboselli in the South to Masai Mara in the North West. We drove over 3,400 Km from park to park and passed through many small towns and rural areas, starting with the large city of Nairobi and ending in Nairobi for another 5 days. Along the way, we saw men, women and children digging trenches about 1 ft deep alongside the road and laying a 2” hose in the trench for hundreds of miles. There would be a group of five or six people every mile digging, with the goal of eventually being able to deliver water to these remote places.

Through every village we passed we would see women and children carrying large 3 to five gallon plastic containers on their heads. They would go down the steep banks to very muddy rivers and most likely contaminated with animal feces (as there are many goats and cows alongside the banks). Water weighs 8lbs per gallon, so a five gallon jug would weigh 40lbs that they would then have to haul back up the river banks.

Every village we passed through we would see motorcycles with about 10, five gallon plastic water tanks being carried to buy water wherever they could. No one has plumbing in these small towns and if they don’t have enough money to buy water, they must retrieve it from fouled rivers without purification.

The worst situation we saw was in Amboselli Park where a young Masai teenage boy was herding his cows through the park. He had no water with him and he was bending and scooping water with his hands to drink right where the elephants had just urinated and had bowel movements. We offered him some bottled water and his eyes lit up, he broke into the biggest smile and he came running. We wished we had more to give him, but he didn’t have a way to carry it even if we did. We encountered this a few more times and once with a camel herder. 

Another day, we were stopped in a roadblock due to a skirmish between two neighboring tribes and needed a police escort. When the police left and the warring tribe came to our car to investigate (bribe) us into letting us pass, all they demanded from us was bottled water. Water is such a precious commodity in Kenya.

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Do you have a story to share about your experiences with lack of clean water? Please share them with us and help inspire others to become involved in helping others!  Jessica, thank you for taking the time to write and share this!

 

(the photo is of a boy drinking water on the road with elephant poop in it as well)

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Happy 2021 to you all! 2020 was challenging in many ways, and much of our plans were put on hold.  Third world countries have been a state of literal survival for much of the year and our mission work was cut short, due to travel and safety restrictions.

We now see that things are starting to change in 2021, praise God!  Our friends in Uganda have been doing many wonderful things.  After we put the well in back in 2018 for Pastor Samson, one of his mentors, Pastor Stephen, started his own church plant.  You can see how God is growing the faith there.  Dark spiritual warfare is rampant there and we are so proud of these Pastors for living their lives outloud, boldly for God!

As Uganda's restrictions have lifted, Pastor Stephen has seen a spike in church attendance.  Buyera Community Church, located in a poor rural community 20kms north west of the capital Kampala, has no toilet or water facilities.  By fundraising $12,000 we will be able to offer them a dignified space.

The community is suffering under the burden of social problems such as poverty and unemployment, low education, single parent families, witchcraft, poor hygiene conditions as well as hunger and nutrition related challenges.

The church has established a children’s ministry and a women skills training program to counter the current social problems and bring life transformation.  

The growing number of women and children participating in these programs poses a big health challenge because of lack of proper toilet facilities to serve the church. The current toilets in form of Latrines (deep pit with a small hole on the ground surface) is in a very dilapidated state. Setting up hygienically better facilities will help reduce health problems related to poor hygiene.   

At the beginning of the month, 15 people gave their life to Jesus.  Let's help this church across the world THRIVE!

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Ugandan Project

 

What a blessing it has been to work in Uganda.  This community has made a church, making each brick by hand.  If you go to our water projects page, you can see these same hand made bricks are used in the restrooms for the village.  Aren't they beautiful?

 

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In 2010 I travelled to Haiti and my experience was truly life changing.  Cholera broke out while I was there, and I saw children, adults, elderly and families literally dying at my feet.  I was overwhelmed with emotion and that memory has followed me ever since.  Cholera is entirely preventable by having clean water; I remember feeling so helpless and fired up to do something about it.  What would I do if it was my children exposed to dirty, unsafe, disease ridden water? Without question, I would do just about anything.   

In 2016 I founded The Quenching Well, a nonprofit organization that believes everyone deserves safe water. I believe in working with established local outreaches who are committed to three standards: maintaining the funded water projects, education for the local community, and sharing the message of Jesus Christ with the recipients.

I have funded two water systems since our inception, only through donations from close friends and family.  The first water system was installed in Copan, Honduras and provided clean, filtered water to the only medical and birthing center in the area, as well as the surrounding community.  Our second water system was installed in a remote village in Northern Thailand, including toilets and sanitation education.  I have big dreams for 2019. I would like to be able to fund a water system in Uganda with African Renewal Ministries and in Guatemala with World Help, God willing.  I am working on figures but believe these two projects will cost a total of $50,000 - $60,000.  Every penny received goes directly to these water projects.  Your donation is tax deductible and will, 1) meet the most basic need every human has, 2) give women and children a future because they will not be spending entire days collecting dirty water far away, 3) and provide hope to people in desperate need. 

I am asking for your generous donation to help me provide clean water to thousands of people. Any donation is greatly appreciated.  Checks can be mailed to 2795 East Bidwell Street #100-649, Folsom, CA 95630 or via PayPal at https://bit.ly/2xckQ6J (PayPal charges a 2.1% fee).  Once clean, safe water is in the community, they [locals or the existing outreach?] can focus on food, education and shelter.

 

Thank you for your prayerful consideration,

 

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We are ecstatic to announce our second funded water project.  The remote village named San Mai Pattana in Chiang Mai, Thailand was assessed in 2017 for water.  This village was established five years ago.  They only have nine homes! Residents are mostly farmers and all are buddhist. This provides us a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus!

 

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Funded April 1, 2018

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