Taita-Taveta is a District in south-east Kenya. We are working with the volunteers of the Beyond Innocence Foundation in their efforts to build a safe house for abused children in the region. In this facility up to 50 children will be cared for, receive medical and psychosocial support, go to school, and start to long process of healing the wounds of their ordeal.
Taita-Taveta is located in a semi-arid area and is unfortunately hit by long and severe droughts quite frequently; this makes access to clean drinking water difficult and expensive.
In 2016 we and 6 other European Rotary Clubs, together with the host Rotary Club, RC Voi, have submitted a “Global Grant” application called “A Spring to Save Children” to the Rotary Foundation in order to raise $40’000 to dig and maintain a well on the premises of the Safe House. The well will not only supply water to the children and their caregivers, but to the surrounding community as well. It will make the safe house self-sufficient, not only by providing access to clean drinking water but also by enabling to plant a small garden.
It has been a few months since our last update, but there is still much progress to report from the site of the well in Landi. While we in Europe complained about the freezing temperatures, it was the dry season in Kenya and the well really helped the local people.
After successfully completing the bore hole, the local community was invited to celebrate this achievement at the location of the new well.
Drilling a well is only one — though admittedly the most expensive — goal of the project. We also want to help to educate people on safe and responsible use of the new resource.
Only minutes ago, at a depth of 190 m, we struck water!
Armed with a hydrogeological survey report and the appropriate Water Managment authorization letter, drilling at the Safe House site in Landi has begun today, July 17. As the well will have to be deep — the water can be as deep as 200 metres below the ground level — it will still a while before the well is up and running, but we have made a huge step towards providing clean water to the children, their care takers, and the community in the surrounding village.