Russ and Isaiah are having a very productive time in Kenya. This update was written by Isaiah during the first two days they were in Kitale; since then I believe the team has dug two wells and they started a third yesterday. To all of you who have supported The Water Fight, thank you!
Yesterday we installed a pump in one of the boreholes our crew had
dug before we arrived and then visited four other wells to take photos
and the GPS coordinates for documentation. The water tasted great and
looks crystal clear – a huge improvement on the contaminated pools
that people used to fetch from. Most importantly, the children are no
longer getting sick and dying from typhoid, cholera, diarrhea, etc.
Today we started a new borehole and dug down 26 feet. We put the
casing in and will check it tomorrow to see if it is deep enough for
the water to recharge quickly.
After work I went into Kipsongo, a Turkana slum in Kitale to see my
friend Sammy who I met a year and half ago at the first well in Dago.
We call each other chizi ndugu, which means “crazy brother” in
Swahili. They served me rice and goat meat for dinner, which I have
managed to keep down (so far). Kipsongo is a very marginalized
village. The people there told me that it made them happy that I would
come into their homes and eat with them, because most people in Kitale
consider them untouchables and won’t even walk into the slum. After we
ate, Sammy and I jammed on his beat up six string and talked with his
friends about what is really needed to help the poorest of the poor.
Not more foreigners coming to do projects, but people who will support
and empower others to solve their own problems. This is our primary
goal for The Water Fight.
If you would like to learn more about our work, visit www.thewaterfight.org
Thank you for reading Isaiah’s update. I am so glad the trip is going well and that it is clearly worth the sacrifice of having Russ and Isaiah gone. Dimples had a few rough days, but I knew I only had to make it to Monday morning when the four girls left for church camp. The decision to send all four was a hard one, but I think it was good. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Have a great day, friends.
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