Kenya

Our September, 2006 trip to Kenya far exceeded even what we had expected (and we had expected a lot)! A successful well was drilled, several new technologies were introduced, soap-making was taught, and above all, the gospel was clearly and consistently given in word and deed. Through this project three tribes (Kipsigis, Kikuyu, and Masai) came together for extensive training in well drilling in Reresik (a community of about 1000 families near Roret and Kericho). They will use their new knowledge as they continue to serve as local missionaries to neighboring communities. For our time in Nairobi, we were privileged to connect with some of the team from CBMI (Christian Blind Mission International), whom we first met in Mauldin, SC – just a mile from our home. Small world. In addition, this trip was the pilot program for our soap making training. It was met with great success and excitement to the point that the community intends to make a go of commercial soap production for their local market.

HydroLog: 09/31/06 – 10/15/06. Location: S 00˚ 29.140″, E 035′ 05.418″ Elevation: 1759m. Well site at Reresik Primary School, near Kericho. Red clay to 25 ft, changing at 25ft to yellow, black and red with some moist, stony material. At 28ft, turned back to red clay. At 32ft, started to have small pieces of “charcoal” in the red clay, becoming very wet at 33ft. Water hit at 33.5ft. Drilled to 50 ft. Cased well at 47ft (3ft cave in). 15ft water column on day 1.

Pump Supplies: “Afripumps (Kenya) Limited”, PO Box 48624 Nairobi, Phone: 802604; “Kenya Water handpump Ltd”, Mr. Ravi Gandhi, P.O. Box 49745 Nairobi, Phone: 254-254-26-87; “Industrial Components (Kenya) Ltd.” (Molded Plastic Parts), P.O. Box 65017 Nairobi, Phone: 802301.