Kabete, Nairobi, Kenya
The Kabete water project began in 2008 and will be completed this fall (2012). The school was fitted with gutters all around to collect rain water. The water travels through a piping system into a large cement tank near the school.
The water is used in two ways: Firstly, it brings clean drinking water to around 100 kids who attend the school. Secondly, the water is used to irrigate the crop field right next to the school building. Before this water system was in the place the caregivers had to walk 5km just to collect 2 pales of water.
Kawangware, Nairobi, Kenya
The Kawangware Slum water project began in 2009 where water was brought up from an underground well. There are 75 kids who attend the school who now enjoy clean and convenient drinking water. Thanks to Johnny Demarco, a Burnaby, Canada musician, who raised the funds for this project (you can check out his work at http://www.johnnydemarco.net/).
By this Winter (2012) Kawangware will have had new clean toilets installed for the students attending the school. Drinking water and clean toilets dramatically changes the environment of the school to foster dignity and promote hope for a better future.
The Entoronto water project began in 20120 and should be completed by the years end 2012. This project is an ambitious vision with simple ideas. The goal began with the construction of a 5000 litre brick water tank that takes water from a nearby stream. A pumping system carries the water up a 50 feet embankment from the stream, past the embankment the water is carried by gravity through tubing where it irrigates 100 acres of land. Crops will be planted such as potatoes, corn, tomatoes, onions and various other types of vegetables. Once the project is completed over 5000 people will live off of the food provided by the crops. The land for this project has been donated by the famous Maasai Tribe of Kenya.
As well as the water project, a school is being built by the Maasai tribe and Heal the Kids has provided the funds to install the windows. There are currently over 265 kids attending this school.
Apart from our focus on the water projects, Heal the Kids has also supplied over 600 school uniforms to four different school districts across Kenya. In addition, countless supplies of school materials like pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks and text books have been delivered.
Heal the Kids has also been involved in projects that provide chicken and oxen for agricultural purposes. Oxen were donated by the ministry so that the ground could be efficiently tilled for the planting of large corn crops. Before the oxen were donated, over 30 villagers tilled the ground using hand shovels. A long and painful process where they worked in the sun for 12 hours a day for 3 weeks straight. With the team of oxen the same work was done in 1 week. The kids in that community benefited greatly because when the crops were harvested they had food provided on a daily basis.
Kisumu Border Church of the Nazarene, Kenya
The community of Boarder church was a school that needed clean water desperately. Heal the Kids heard their cry and in 2008, supplied a water pump and piping to reach 50 feet into an underground well and bring clean drinking water for children in the school area. Since that time the water pump provides enough water for 1500 people in the community.
Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya