That’s how many miles away my husband is from home as I type these words.
We are oceans apart, separated by water.
He is at our home-away-from-home in Kenya with a group of donors on a vision trip.
Sunday, this happened:
12 of the teen mom residents graduated and will begin to transition into the next phase of their lives in 2016.
Yesterday, his group visited one of the world’s largest slums, to the home of Pauline, one of the sponsored graduates who attends vocational school and leads a Fair Trade Friday group of twenty women who live in a nearby slum.
And then his group journeyed the tragic and heartbreaking road to Lillian’s home, the youngest resident at the maternity homes.
Sometimes I just don’t have the words to describe someone else’s daily reality.
But the main reason he’s there is because of water.
Clean water is more precious than gold when it’s limited.
The homes that we began with Maureen in 2010 spend more $1500 a month on water.
The current underground tank holds 21,000 gallons but it’s never more than one-fourth full. Water is controlled by the local municipality and there aren’t many wells in the area. Water is constantly shut on and off, rationed and it often runs out.
When it does, it’s trucked in at a high cost. And there are times that it’s even collected and distributed in jerry cans.
With mommas and babies and staff, there are more than 40 depending on water in our homes.
For more than 5 years, Mercy House has been working in Kenya to come up with a long term sustainable plan that would help support the maternity homes outside of Nairobi. And after much research and planning, it has been decided that water is the life-giving answer.
Several months ago, when I was in Kenya, our Director’s handed over a geologist’s report that proved one of our properties is sitting on a natural water resource. And that’s why we want to drill a deep bore hole that will provide water–if we had our own water source, not only for these homes in Kenya, but for approximately 100 families in the surrounding community who struggle to provide it for their families.
We dream of providing a consistent, affordable water resource that could change this community.
Water is life.
Unless it’s unclean.
Can you imagine being separated from the opportunity to have clean, consistent water?
Separated by water.
Learn more about our efforts to raise the remaining $25,000 to bring water to those we love so that we can introduce Living water to those He loves.
Water may separate us.
But it doesn’t have to.