I could not raise the funds myself to build a proper well in the community. Neither did I know anyone or any organization that could bring water to the people. I did what I always do in this situation. I prayed and I scoured the internet for anyone that could help the people I had met; whether it was regarding water or any of the many other needs required in the villages I had visited.
One day, one such group I wrote to was located in Trinidad and Tobago. The group is called Is There Not a Cause. With very little information, the Executive Director, said that her group would visit my friend, Pastor Jonah and his people in Kenya. While she couldn't be specific about the kind of help her group could provide, she promised to do something.
Many months later, this group did indeed visit Kenya. You can read more about their arrival in Kenya here . I was so happy to hear that they made it to Kenya. In fact, I was overjoyed! You see it had been my experience up to that point in time to have many people promise to do something for these Kenyan friends of mine. In the end those who made promises failed to follow through.
This group indeed made good on their promise. They did many things while in Kenya and brought much relief to the people. You can read the series on their missions trip by clicking here. On the trip to the community of Marigat in August 2009, one of the young people on that trip felt touched to help the community get a well and the gift of clean water. You can read about their visit to Marigat here. After the team returned home to Trinidad they raised the funds needed to dig the well and slowly the work of putting the well in place began.
In November 2009, a water survey was done and the geologist found water in Marigat. This was a huge blessing. Please read the story here. In February 2010, preparatory work was still on going. You can read about some of this background here.
Well you can see that it has taken just over a year. But at last the other day, Pastor Jonah sent me a message to say that the drilling trucks were on there way to Marigat to begin drilling the well> Jonah also said that he was on the way to meet the lorries and the drillers and also the community members of Marigat. You can imagine the excitement and surprise I had. I can also imagine that the villagers in Marigat were even more excited than I was as they have literally been waiting for years and years to get clean water!!!
Here are a few photos of the lorries and the scenes in Marigat this past few days.
|The lorry convoy makes it's way from Nairobi to Marigat.|
|A close up of one of several lorries on the way to Marigat, Kenya to dig the new well.|
|A drilling lorrie gets stuck in the mud. The irony is that this area doesn't get a lot of rain or water to make mud on the roads.|
|Here the people are praying before the digging begins.|
|This is a typical village hut in Marigat. A mother and her child who will benefit from the community well stand in front of their home.|
|Representatives from Life Water International meet with the beneficiaries of the well. Life Water has been contracted to over see the drilling of the well.|
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you or any of your friends would like to help some of the Kenyan villagers, please read more about the Missions of Hope, here and here.