The Kandolo Community lives in the Nyakach, Kisumu province of Kenya. There are no clean water sources for the 499 inhabitants of Kandolo. This project will provide a deep borehole well with a solar-powered electric pump, capable of servicing 1,000 people each day, with a storage tank, water filtration and treatment, water distribution, and hygiene training for the villagers.
The community has relied on the river to provide an essential resource for generations. Women brave the morning cold and walk 2 hours to the water source. The journey not only consumes time and energy, but it’s all in vain, as the water they collect is unsafe. This dirty water is used for everything from drinking to cooking to caring for the animals, to hygiene and sanitation. Women and children bear the burden of hauling the heavy water buckets and there is never enough water, so they must make multiple trips every day. Waterborne illnesses are a constant concern.
LIVING WATERS INTERNATIONAL’S PROGRAM
Our program implementation through WASH Program Areas is unique in that it aims to bring lasting physical and spiritual development in communities through a multi-year program [that is] focused on specific regions, thoughtfully integrating and contextualizing principles of water access, sanitation, hygiene, church mobilization, gospel proclamation, and sustainability.
SPECIFIC COSTS AND FUNDING INFORMATION
Total Project Cost: $20,000
Funding Requested from Ingomar Living Waters: $8,000. 90% of this will go toward materials, 10% toward labor
WELL MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
Living Water International will provide training and backstopping support during the first 6 years until the local water committee and community have gather[ed] enough fees to build a reserve for funding future maintenance. Water users will pay small monthly water user fees by household, and these funds will be collected and managed by the water user committee for future repairs and maintenance of the system. The well-caregiver will be assigned and equipped to do the ongoing general care of the project.
Living Water employs a pastor within each country’s staff. Their purpose is to engage with the local churches/pastors/church members, speaking about unity, spiritual growth, and how to be health advocates within their communities. Bible storying training is coordinated within the WPA at several locations and outreach evangelism events such as the Jesus film, family activities with spiritual influence, or rallies to name a few. Bibles are given out to new believers or believers who do not have access to a bible in their own language. Other pastoral trainings or pastoral fellowship activities to unit Christians throughout the WPA in sharing the gospel and uplifting believers.
We expect the Kandolo community to flourish due to the ripple effects that clean water will bring. Waterborne illnesses will decrease and the cycle of time poverty will decrease, providing an opportunity to grow gardens, sell extra crops, and spend time with their families.
We are hopeful that the church congregation number will significantly increase due to the conducive environment within the church. This project will become an upgrade/expansion project at some point to expand to a primary school near the project. This will substantially improve school attendance, especially for young girls, and improve the general outlook of the school. In the meantime, it will greatly help the students to not have to travel far and have access to safe water at a nearby location.
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