Kenya Water Project

 helping people survive forced displacement by providing water

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We are working to provide a sustainable source of water for over 3,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) living in an IDP camp near Kakuma, Kenya.

Need: While visiting Kakuma refugee camp (Kenya), refugee church leaders took us outside of the camp to a settlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) near Kakuma town. An estimated 3,000 men, women and children settled in this IDP camp after fleeing their homes during post election violence in 2007. Uprooted in their own country, they have nowhere else to go.

The IDP camp has no water local supply. They have to walk several miles under the burning sun to fetch water in plastic jerry cans. Not only is it hard work, it is also dangerous for the women and children who are often given the task.

The refugees told us that the IDP are even worse off than they are. For unlike the refugees in Kakuma camp, who receive assistance from humanitarian agencies, the IDP have no one commited to helping them meet their basic needs for water, food and shelter.

Goal:  We have teamed up with the National Council of Churches, Kenya (NCCK), to raise $135,000 to drill a well and purchase a water pump, piping, a reservoir (water tank), borehole cover and security fencing. The cost is high due to the terrain and lack of water in the area. Water will need to be pumped from a borehole several miles away from the IDP camp.

Strategy: We are partnering with National Council of Churches, Kenya (NCCK), as their team in Kakuma has the required technical capacity for the project. We set the project into motion in 2018, trusting God for the resources to complete it by the end of 2019.

Opportunity: You can help answer the prayers of these people by giving to the "Kenya Water Project" today. Funding received by IAFR for this project will be sent to NCCK. Their staff will directly oversee its implementation.

Funding still needed: $21,000

Project Partner: National Council of Churches, Kenya


 PROGRESS UPDATES

3/2019

The first borehole struck water at 110 meters. We are optimistic that the water quality will be good. We are now working on pumping and piping the water about 4 miles across semi desert to the IDP camp. We anticipate the project will be completed by early 2020.

Next steps:

  1. Install the solar pump.
  2. Lay the pipes (4 miles).
  3. Erect the reservoir tank.

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Above: IAFR's Tom Albinson with NCCK's Wilson Kinyua at the borehole in 2/2019.

Watch this interview with Wilson Kinyua at the "miracle borehole" site to learn more!

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