Today I woke up and brushed my teeth, refreshed my dog’s bowl, grabbed a glass of water to put my electrolytes in, showered, made a smoothie with ice… Water flowed freely from every faucet and any time I needed it I could trust there was enough and know there would always be more. Our children and their fellow community members do not have this luxury.
Our New Hope Center in Lodwar, Kenya is located in one of the most dire regions in the world. It’s also one of the hottest. Almost on top of the Equator, Lodwar reaches over 100 degrees fahrenheit more often than not. Nights are not much cooler. Ask any team member who has served with us and they will tell you the heat is dry and stifling. It is like being in a sauna 24 hours a day. A thick blanket you can’t push away. Because the region has become so arid water is difficult to find.
Water in this desert region is not only scarce, if you don’t have a bore hole (a deep well) it’s expensive. Water has to be trucked in to fill large storage towers or basins. Between daily meals, drinking water, baths, clothes washing and keeping vegetation from being thirsty (like the trees on our property) you can imagine how costly water for so many children and a center in the desert would be.
A bore hole well is essential for sustaining life at the center by making it sustainable and will not only lower our carbon footprint, it will help omit the expensive water trucking fees allowing those funds to be used to rescue more children, and it will support new life by feeding the plants and animals of our agricultural program. So much good will come out of this well! Here’s to helping the sustaining waters flow.
NHC Team Members