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Water and sanitation

Water Projects in Kenya

CMaD has recently supported a number of water projects in Kenya.  These have included:

  • Two School based projects in conjunction with the Kenya Rainwater Association to provide clean water and new Latrines in the semi-arid part of Central Kenya
  • A Farm irrigation scheme at Makindu about 100miles miles south of Nairobi, and also at Timboni Tiva Children’s Home (sponsored by CMaD)
  • Water storage tanks at a school attended by children from the Lela Children’s Home, Kamukuywa (also sponsored by CMaD)

Recently CMaD agreed to fund the provision of three Boreholes in Western Kenya.  One of them is located at Mumias a centre for sugar can growing and processing about one hour’s drive south of Bungoma.  Here’s the story, and it’s a real insight into the difference even a small water project can make:

Sylvia’s journey and living water

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Sylvia, a young Kenyan girl, was a baby when she suffered terrible burns in a home-fire at Mumias, Western Kenya, and was left scarred and unable to walk. While the fire burned, her mother was 2 kilometres away collecting water for her family.

However, through a remarkable series of events and generous actions of an Australian field-worker, Sylvia was able to travel to Sydney, Australia with her father Francis for specialist medical treatment at the Children’s Hospital (even featuring in a prominent TV documentary)…and 4 months later, she walked for the first time! Thanks to the support of the medical teams, her Christadelphian hosts from West Ryde and community groups around Sydney and beyond, Sylvia’s life and those around her were transformed.

 

In appreciating Sylvia’s remarkable journey, the lack of local water supply in Mumias continued to be a real concern. Fund raisers in Australia set about seeing what they could do and, after connecting with Meal-a-Day Asia-Pacific, a unique partnership between Kenya, UK and Australia formed to make it happen: After many months, we are delighted to announce that fresh water is available in Sylvia’s village! As the first phase concludes, preparations are now underway to extend the water supply to 300 families.

Our huge thanks to everyone who has given so generously in donations, skill, time and energy.  We praise God that life-giving water is now available…and what’s more, a Bible School with the theme “Water for Life” was held at Francis’ Shamba in October last year and as a result a group is now meeting weekly to study the Bible with local CBM members! God indeed works in remarkable ways.