Report from our work in Kenya october 2016
Work among the Pokot people extend rapidly. Pastor Moses have planted 8 churches so far and he hope there will be 20 next time we arrive. On this trip in October there there was about 140 ready for baptism. As many as was possible top transport into Lomut was baptized. About 70 people all together.
The well we have drilled is no official opened and water quality is very good according to the official reports. I myself drink of the water from the tap without beeing sick
According to the officials will the well be able to supply about 50 - 60 000 people with water. The area around the well is no fenced and there is established guarding. Unfortunately it is a fact that the equipment located at the site, solar panels and others is costly and because of this guard is necessary. It is also a risk that the equipment will be damaged because of lack of experience from the native.
I myself was in meeting with the different officials who was present during the official opening and there was given a guarantee for that the water will be freely available for native people. On the other hand if places of commercial or official character like school, offices and others want to connect to the water source, they have to pay a fee out of the amount of water used. Income from this will be used to maintenance of installations and salary for guarding the place. There is establised a group that will take care of the administrative around this.
When we visit Pokot in October the church building in Canan was still missing but all the materials was on site ready for building.
We have also been able to finance 4 toilets on 4 of the churches. This is also an important part of the church. People who come to thees sites need a place to releaf themselves so they don't have to use the bushes in the surroundings.
On 2 of the sites there is established schools. Materials for blackboards, books and other necessary equipment is financed. For this school the goal is that the children will teach how to read, write and speak English and Swahili. Theese schools will start at regular school start time for Kenya late January or early February. Our goal is to start schools in every church that is established.
There has also been bought 50 bibles and 50 books for children with stories from the Bible. All of them in Pokot language.
As you may understand, things happen so rapidly that it is almost impossible to catch up.
The church in Lomut will be a kind of main church in the area. In addition to roof it have to be equipped with walls of bricks, windows, baptism pool and a fence around the property. All together about 50.000 Nok.
When we visit the church in Kokwokochy we notice that the people there was even more malnourished that the other places we visit. This place is located far out in the desert and it is a very dry and hot place. However it is not more than about 3 kilometer to the nearest river. The problem is that this river contain crocodiles and because of that it is impossible to live nearby the river.
In this area we have to try to do a pilot project.
The project involves buying an area nearby the river, irrigate it and plant corn and other usable food. We have also been able to import some Moringa tree seeds that we vill try to plant in Canan and replant them in this area when the trees haa got big enough roots .(about one year) The Moringa tree is called "tree of life". The leafs contain almost all of vitamins and minerals that human and animals needs to be healthy. The leaves from this trees can be dried and milled and then be used as te og mixed in other food as nutrition. It is also possible to eat the leaves direct from the trees even if they taste a litter bitter. We tried a cup of tea from dried leafs and it taste all right.
In connection with the pilot project we plan to by a simple petrol driven water pump or maybe an electrical pump together with a small petrol driven generator. It depends of what seems to be the best option. We also have to by some hoses so we can irrigate the area. If it succeed to get things growing in the area, we want to increase the size of the project an if possible move it closer to the area where people live. This will of course lead to bigger investment and more reliable water supply. Pilot project is not meant to cost very much money but something has to be bought. If you think this is a good idea, dont hesitate to send your gift to bank account 3000.15.42512 and mark it with "pilotprosjekt".
I will travel to Kenya late January and stay there until start of Mars to try to start up the project.