Water and the Word for Rural Schools in Kenya

Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kenya


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nullThis teacher is teaching these children the importance of handwashing!
nullThis is what the water looks like, in a lot of cases, before it goes into the filter. Without the clean water system, the students would drink this water that was gathered from the local river.

In 2008, a man from Nebraska traveling in East Africa saw the need for clean water and sought a way to help. Through contact with a social worker and educator in Nakuru, Kenya, he devised a system of installing water harvesting equipment (rain gutters and tanks), filters, hand washing stations and clean water storage to be installed in schools in Kenya. In 2016, members of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod from Nebraska took over the management of the project. They visit Kenya every year, traveling to schools assessing their water needs. Teams from the United States install rain gutters and tanks for storage. Hand washing stations and clean water “buckets’ are placed in every classroom. They teach personal hygiene, handwashing and the importance of drinking only clean water. WASH clubs, made up of students and staff, are formed to be responsible for the clean water program. The grant will help the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya (ELCK) to extend their ministry of Word and Sacrament by expanding the clean water project for their schools and orphanages.  

WHEREAS, the children in Kenya struggle to have water in their schools and often walk miles each day to gather water; and
WHEREAS, the pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya (ELCK) would like to provide sound biblical teachings in their sponsored schools; and
WHEREAS, the ELCK is in fellowship with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod; and
WHEREAS, the LWML has been blessed richly by our Lord, and has a duty to spread his love and gospel; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the delegates gathered at the 2019 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Convention in Mobile, Alabama, vote the sum of $80,000 to help fund Water and the Word for Rural Schools in Kenya.

nullThis is what the water looks like right out of the filter. Not only is it free of dirt and debris, but also worms, parasites, and other water-borne diseases!
nullThis girl is drinking straight from the river water tap's horse trough, because her school hasn't had the clean water system installed, and she hasn't yet been educated about the importance of drinking clean water!
nullThese girls are drinking dirty water, right from the 'river tap', because their school doesn't yet have the clean water system.
nullWe love this project, because kids are the same everywhere!
nullVery often, children must leave school and walk to the local water source, in this case a stream. Often these can be miles away from the school. Children are not only drinking dirty water and getting sick, but falling behind in school because they spend so much of their day hauling water.


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