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.
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped with the Grant! We could not have done it without you!
In February we have received an eMail and a list of questions and suggestions for improvement from the Rotary Foundation. Based on the excellent work of my fellow Rotarians here in Utrecht and in Kenya I have just submitted our response to these questions.
The progress is slow, but steady. I hope that I will soon be able to contact you again with good news. Please keep your fingers crossed!