From the Blog
Thank you to everyone who has supported us and made it possible to provide another community with clean water. It changes everything.
Tomorrow has never been so hopeful.
Linus was one of the first scholarship recipients from Gituamba. Though he did not complete secondary school, Linus wanted to pursue technical training that could give him an opportunity to one day run his own business. After attending the Kenya Institute of Professional Studies for a few months, he realised the academic approach to learning was not the right choice for him; instead he signed up for a 2-year Electrical Installation course at St Kizito Vocational Training Institute in Githurai where he received hands-on field training. The commute was difficult and made for long days – he left home at 6am and would often return only after 6:30pm – but today Linus has the qualifications to do basic electrical works and has already completed projects for Uzima Tele as well as other sites in Gituamba and a job installing solar panels in Northern Kenya! As he continues to build his experience and professional reputation, Linus has his sights set on completing an additional year in St. Kizito in order to have the full qualifications needed to work on his own and, hopefully, one day open his own electrical shop.
Amos was 16 years old when we met him. He had been out of school for three years. Amos struggled to achieve high grades at school; perhaps it was because his mum cannot read or write and so was unable to help his development, or maybe it was the lack of electricity and space to work in their small home.
Teresia started playing football with neighbourhood boys at age 10 – an age where there were few other girls interested in the game. With a twin sister and an older sister already enrolled in secondary school, Teresia’s chances of attending secondary school were low as the cost of supporting three children in school was simply too much for a single mother. When Pastor George saw her playing football in a local competition, he met with her family and encouraged her to apply for a scholarship. She was awarded financial support and as a result, both she and her twin were able to attend secondary school.
In Greek mythology, Pygmalion was a sculptor who fell in love with one of his creations (he must have been pretty good).
Access to safe drinking water and good sanitation should be taken for granted. But imagine for a moment that they were not. Consider how your life would change if you had to fetch water, rather than simply twisting a tap, and that the water you collected was contaminated and dirty. Imagine that you didn’t have access to a toilet and that instead you used the shallows of a forest with over 1,000 of your neighbours; a fog of flies as thick as the smell wards off the conscientious, pushing them back towards the town.