Kabete-Nyakach Village is located in the Kisumu / Nyakach province of Kenya. There are 650 people living there, but the proposed water system will be able to serve 1500+ each day, which will lead to growth in the village.
There are no clean water sources available to this village. People will collect water to care for their animals sometimes, but they will mostly use the water closer to their home which could be from a hand-dug well or just surface water.
Community members spend long hours in search of water, and women and girls lose time and energy collecting water. Safe water is very difficult to find for families. On average girls and women spend at least 3 hours walking from home to buy treated water for drinking. The long walk, combined with the high cost of the water creates a significant hardship for families. Most families struggle with waterborne illnesses such as Typhoid, Cholera, and dysentery. Time poverty is a huge issue. Women struggle with health issues, due
to not drinking enough water to keep their kidneys functioning properly. Children are missing school, especially the girls, because they too carry the burden to find and haul water. At a young age they must learn to carry buckets of water to help the family. Older women must carry water too. Years of heavy buckets have caused crooked backs and necks due to the weight of the water. Women do not have time to tend a garden or grow other produce to sell for extra income. Women must haul their children on their backs to go find water, plus haul the water home. No energy to spend time being parents with their kids.
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.
This will be a complex project that will provide a new borehole well with a solar-powered electric pump, storage tank(s,) a water distribution kiosk system, water filtration and treatment and hygiene training for the villagers.
SPECIFIC COSTS AND FUNDING INFORMATION
Total Project Cost: $25,000
Funding Requested from Ingomar Living Waters: $15,000
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.
Access to safe water right in their own community will change what daily life looks like. The time to find and carry water home will be dramatically decreased. Health will improve, allowing for extra income because they do will not need to go to purchase medicines. Time
poverty will change. Families will grow gardens, kids will attend school, and become healthier. They may have a little income or items to barter with. Hope will be present for the first time.
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