Overview: The orphanage has physical capacity for over 200 children—and local police, families and tribal leaders continue to ask Pastor Harrison to take more children. With this opportunity to safely house and care for the children comes a responsibility to be able to provide for their water needs. Mutomo is in an arid area. When it is rainy season, there is still not enough rainfall to completely fill one water tank. Pastor Harrison purchases water several times a month, to cover routine water needs: drinking, cooking, bathing and washing clothes.
The children receive 3 cups of water per day for drinking and bathing.
Clothes washing or sheet washing might happen once a week, depending on available water.
Additional water is used to prepare rice and beans for a Saturday feeding across the village. For the children who attend this feeding, the meal may be the only food they have for several days.
A borehole is desperately needed. After Pastor Harrison shared his need for water with Hearts and Hands of Joy (a small, independent humanitarian assistance team of volunteers ), they teamed with Centers of Hope in preparation for drilling a borehole on the orphanage property. Hearts and Hands of Joy obtained a drilling permit, hydro geological report, and quotes from recommended vendors. The next step is fundraising and initiation of Phase 1.
By investing in solar in Phase 2, a more significant impact is made. With electricity, we can provide proper lighting, fans, sewing machines, an art and carpentry space, computers, a small library with teaching videos, etc.
Much like the Mully Children’s Family has accomplished in Kenya over the last 30+ years, but on a much smaller scale for a single orphanage, we hope to promote and achieve self-sustainability in the years to come. For now, we need some help to meet survival needs, teach skills, and build an infrastructure with scalability to support the longer-term goals. That’s where Phase 3 fits in.
Water project phases:
Phase 1– Drill borehole, install pump and generator, and run hoses to water tanks. COMPLETED Fall 2019
Phase 2- Construct water tower and add solar capability.
Phase 3– Install flush toilets and a drip irrigation system on back side of orphanage.