A Spring to Save Children

Taheta Taveta is a Distict 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.

Taheta 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 have submitted a “Global Grant” application called “A Spring to Save Children” to the Rotary Foundation 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.

Recent Updates

I am most happy to tell you that as of March 31st  the Global Grant “A Spring to Save Children” has been approved – with a small contingency concerning the budget of our Water & Hygiene Training – by the Rotary Foundation.

Thank you so much to everyone who has helped with the Grant! We could not have done it without you!

After a long silence, hereby a short update on the Global Grant proposal “A Spring to Save Children”:

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!

… and now the next part of the journey begins – the proposal has been submitted and we are awaiting the comments and eventual decision of the Rotary Foundation.

And quite a journey it has been so far – many thanks to all of you for your continued support of our joint Global Grant “A Spring to Safe Children” in Landi, Kenya! A special thanks at this time to Hans-Joachim Strüder from RC Stuttgart International, who at the last minute managed to convince his district D1830 to match his club’s contribution; also
many thanks to RC Voi and Willy Mkubwa, who is the contact person of the grant in the host club, for their most helpful comments and assistance in sorting out so many important details in Kenya. And lastly, but not
least(ly?), a great thank you and a virtual bouquet of flowers to Honor who kept us on a steady path and answered all our questions – sometimes even before we knew the right question to ask!

note: the proposal was submitted in November 2011