Borehole Drilling – A Dream Come True for St. Irene Orthodox Mission Center & Orphanage in Kenya

St. Irene Orthodox Mission Center & Orphanage in Kenya – The Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa – August 2018

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Water is Life and this is the way we could display God’s love in dedicating the water well to the kids at the orphanage and needy community around us where people have no access to get enough water to cater for their daily needs.

Glory to the Almighty God.

The project idea is to improve access to clean water for the pupils and the community at Kanyawa through borehole drilling. It has been a long-term dream in the making, and like most dreams of such a nature, heartbreaks, false promises and pitfalls have taken their turns in making sure the dream does not come to reality.

At other times, it was a question of lack of funds that saw the dream taking long to materialize. But where there is perseverance, where there is a will, there is bound to be a way. So it was thus, that on the evening of a Wednesday, a two weeks ago, after months of planning, hoping and several let-downs, the dream finally looked like coming to fruition, for the borehole rig had confirmed that they would come the following day.

Drilling Team Arrives at the Orphanage
The following day, as the sun kissed the mountains over Aberdare Ranges, the drilling team drove into St Irene Orthodox Mission Center & Orphanage in Kanyawa Kenya. Just that, the team’s arrival, was an achievement. If they were to wave goodbye that evening, even without drilling the hole, the contention that, after all those months of planning and fundraising, sleepless nights, a borehole drilling team had finally arrived in the orphanage was enough consolation.

Come the following day, it was down to business. It took the drilling team 3 days to complete the work and we hit the water at 256 meters deep.

Again, as the sun set its lips on those mountains in the yonder, The Drilling’s team waved goodbye to St Irene Orthodox Mission Center & Orphanage.

For a dream that was a decade in the making, it was, indeed, a dream come true. We now look forward to constructing a 6 Meter Steel Elevated Tower. Also, purchasing and installation of a water pump & accessories and purchasing big reservoir tanks. This would cost us USD 41,144.70. For more information, you can visit here

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PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY

The sustainability of this water project is based on the following:

  • Contribution from the community members. Water shall be sold to the community at affordable rates currently a 20 litres can of water costs $0.4. We shall sell for $0.05. The amount collected from the sale will help in the maintenance.
  • Horticulture farming: Irene Orthodox Mission Center & Orphanage in partnership with school management will train the community on horticulture farming. Money raised from the sales will improve their living standards.
  • Afforestation program: Irene Orthodox Mission Center & Orphanage will initiate a tree seedlings nursery. The community will be supplied with these trees for free. The trees planted will help in sustaining the environmental biodiversity.
  • Water for Animals: This will lead to improved health and productivity of livestock.

Public and private partnership: St. Irene Orthodox Mission Center & Orphanage in partnership with both the public and private sectors will generate resources to sustain the project.

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