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!
May 2020 Update
We are now testing water quality from the fourth borehole now. If the water meets quality and purity standards, we will install the solar pump and lay several miles of underground piping to the IDP camp.
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