Clean Water in Kenya

photo credit - Dalene Hamer

Russ is on his way home from Kenya. It’s been a great trip, filled with hope for future water projects and the satisfaction of seeing work that has been completed.

When Until Then launched these projects, the goal was to create a program that would be sustainable by the Kenyan people without help from outside sources – like us. After being trained by Water for All International, Russ was convinced that using simple technology and support from a trained Kenyan team, the people could meet their own needs for water. It’s a brilliant idea that is thriving in Bolivia where Water for All International made its start.

The concept is simple; ten people commit to working side-by-side to dig wells for one another. The first few wells are dug with the support of the Until Then team, then manual drilling equipment is loaned to the group to complete the remaining wells. They are taught how to build their own pumps with supplies they purchase themselves off the shelf in a local hardware store. Building their own pumps gives them the ability to repair them when something breaks because they know how the pump works.

photo credit - Dalene Hamer

In order to really learn the method and make sure it would work in Kenya, the first 35 wells were dug by our Kenyan team with some help from the people receiving the well. Now we’re hoping we can take the project to the next level.  Our first well club has six people signed up! I’m sure there will be challenges as we take steps forward, but overall, we’re heading in the right direction.

Best of all, people are drinking clean water, children are not dying of waterborne illnesses, children who used to spend their days gathering water are now able to attend school. We’re so thankful to be part of this.

And I’m ready for Russ to come home. Please pray for the team as they make the journey home; one member is quite ill and will have to travel alone most of today. Please pray for her.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Andrew Schneidler
    August 23, 2013

    Ditto, except I am talking about Michele. 🙂

  2. Daniel Brown
    September 10, 2013

    In Kenya, diarrhoea caused by poor drinking water is the third biggest cause of child deaths – an entirely treatable condition and easy to prevent.

    September 23, 2013

    Awesome post! Almost a billion people live without clean drinking water. We call this the water crisis. It's a crisis because it only starts with water — but water affects everything in life. thanks all!~ Jessica W.


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