Four-Year Water Story... The Next Chapter

April 07, 2020

Safe and sustainable drinking water — 2020 update

Safe and sustainable drinking water has been one of the foremost projects for all of us at 4KenyasKids during the last four years. At Point Of Grace in Kenya we’ve had safe well water for about 10 years except during a drought season (usually January thru March). Then the well goes dry. We’ve harvested and treated rain water on a larger scale during the rain seasons of April thru June and October thru December. Rain water can be treated and used safely for drinking etc. until there’s a drought.  

During the summer of 2016, we built a water tower on the highest elevation around to house Lake Victoria’s polluted water that will never run dry.  That water has been used for construction, crop irrigation, livestock, cleaning and flushing of toilets. We’ve been using experimental sand filter tanks on two levels of the tower to help clear the lake water, but that water is still not good enough to drink. It actually resulted in a slow, labor-intensive, undesirable job to maintain water cleanliness. 

In spring of 2019 Orphan Train Train shipped us (among other things) a container that became a classroom, Mercy Meals, and a mechanical filtration system similar to
what swimming pools use. As a result of that project, during March of 2020 our filtered water was tested and deemed safe for human consumption!


We appreciate your prayers, support, and donations; please join us in saying thanks be to God whose mercies endure forever.

The next chapter in this four-year water story: 

To sell safe, sustainable water to the community, you need a roadside kiosk, security, shade for the sales person and some plumbing.  Did I mention there is no budget allotted for this brainstorm?  I discovered a ventilated generator shed I built from scraps several years ago that was no longer being used. Originally it was attached to the electric power supply house so it only had three sides. Perfect!  

Now let’s hire six local men to carry it three-quarters of a mile uphill from the boarding area to the water tower.  No budget, remember?  Richard, the manager, gives me 12 “musclemen” boys from the senior class. Thank you very much, but they were showing off to the girls and dropped the shed repeatedly. (Remember when you were that age and wanted to impress the opposite sex?)  Let’s just say it needed a week’s worth of work and some more scrounging for materials. 

On March 5, 2020 we served our first community customer safe drinking water.  For about 10 cents, a person could fill their five-gallon jug.  We’re going to try to hold this price as the daily income in this area varies from $ 2.77 to $ 6.68 per day.  For now, Point Of Grace is trying to absorb the maintenance cost, but can always use your support for filters, labor, and chemicals in the future. Please click here to donate.

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