While visiting Kakuma refugee camp (Kenya), refugee church leaders took us outside of the camp to a settlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) near Kakuma town. At the time. an estimated 3,000 men, women and children had settled in this IDP camp after fleeing their homes during post election violence in 2007. In the following years, many have married and had children, increasing the population to 4,500 today. Uprooted in their own country, they have nowhere else to go.
The IDP camp has no water local supply. The people (mostly women and children) have to walk several miles under the burning sun to fetch water in plastic jerry cans. Not only is it hard work, it is also dangerous.
We are partnering with National Council of Churches, Kenya (NCCK), as their team in Kakuma has the required technical capacity and local relationships needed to complete the project.
We set the project into motion in 2018, praying that we can complete it by the end of 2020.
We set out to raise $135,000 to cover the costs of drilling a well and purchasing a water pump, piping, a reservoir (water tank), borehole cover and security fencing. The cost is high due to the terrain and lack of water in the area. Water will need to be pumped from a borehole several miles away from the IDP camp.
We thank God for moving our generous partners to meet the project's financial goal!
But you can still help by praying with our displaced friends so that they finally get water iby the end of 2020! The project has run into countless challenges, including 3 failed boreholes. So please pray with us as we are pursuing a promising fourth borehole!
We have met our financial goal for the project!
December 2020 Update
We struck water from a new borehole in December 2020! Assuming the water quality meets purity standards, we will install a solar pump, build an elevated water tank and water kiosks in the receiving community, and lay several miles of underground piping to its destination. We anticipate the project to be completed by the fall of 2021.
When we began this project in 2013, it was because the need for water among the IDP wasn't on the radar of anyone in Kakuma. As we pursued the project, others began to take note of the need. In the summer of 2020, a big international humanitarian agency (OxFam) struck water from a new borehole. Local government officials instructed them to pipe their water to the IDP Camp. So when we struck water, the government instructed us to pipe it to a different needy part of the Kakuma region rather than to the IDP. In the end, we had little choice but to respect the local official's decision and direct the flow from our borehole accordingly.
The important thing to note is that God has answered our prayers for the provision of water in the IDP camp. They should have a local source by the summer of 2021. We now see that God was hearing the prayers of others for water as well. We are thankful that we have opportunity to bless the community surrounding the IDP camp and the refugee camp in Kakuma. Not only will it meet a critical need of these friends, it will also help preserve the peace between the host community and the IDP and refugees.
Click here to download a more detailed update concerning this life-giving project.
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