Kenyan’s helping Kenyans – How beautiful is that?

This is what I began traveling to Africa to do.  I wasn’t sure how, and I certainly wasn’t sure when.  But now it’s happening.  Even though I remain here in the states, our More Water drill team carries on.  For two years now, they showed they are capable of starting and completing projects to provide safe drinking water to those without.  However, I never really expected that they could, not only complete these projects, but have them fully funded by Kenyans.  But that is exactly what happened – and in lightening-fast time.

Just last week, Justin sent me a long email, advising that a Kenyan gentleman had heard about our well ministry and wanted us to drill a well for a remote public school,where they are suffering for lack of available clean water. Typically we would not support such a request, with donated well, but we might consider a shared-cost well.  But this man said no, he had secured funding and could now afford the entire cost.  So I told Justin to complete the hydrogeological report and proceed, whenever he could schedule it.  Next thing I know, he’s sending me another email, only days later, that in only two days they drilled 240 feet, including 160 feet the first day!  Shows what can happen with favorable geology, as this borehole was drilled through sand and clay, predominately, Justin told me. So, on Day Three, they successfully installed the casing and gravel pack, and then completed the project by extensive flushing and air blowing the well.

Done! Kabisa (completely)!  Is that not awesome?  Now, Justin tells me that the same gentleman wants to fund more wells, as he knows a number of locations with similar needs.  You might ask, “where is the Kenyan government in all of this?  Why aren’t they providing wells for their public schools?”  Good question, for which I have logical answer.  But I do know that many of these rural schools are just now getting electricity, under the current president’s push to electrify every school in the country.  So, that’s a start, right?  By the way, when we agreed to drill the well for this public school, it was with the understanding that they would provide access to the well for the nearby community.  And that is exactly what they intend to do.  What a great project!

My job in all of this?  Well, since our team did all the great work and a benevolent gentleman provided the funds, that only leaves me to tell y’all about it. Right? Oh yeah, and remind you that Christmas is coming!  As you read this, and see that, though we sometimes struggle with our drilling, while working through equipment breakdowns and difficult geology, we always do manage to complete our projects.  So please, I ask that you continue to believe in our ability to provide for the “least of these”, as you consider your gift to our ministry.

Together we can!

Bob

Here’s some awesome photos that you are going to want to see!

Drilling begins at Mkwambani Primary School

 

After only two days of drilling, we reach 240 feet. Then begin to install the casing pipes.

With the casing pipes in place, the gravel pack goes next.

Flushing is next , to clean the drilling mud out of the well casing and the gravel pack.

 

 

When all the mud is flushed, the air compressor is used to clean all of the remaining cuttings from the well.  We love seeing that clear water geyser emerge!

The lovely setting for this new well that will serve the school as well as the surrounding community.