Trying to explain my love for Kenya now is like trying to explain why there are stars in the sky. It’s near impossible to explain my sheer love for the country that I was not born in…though there are many days I wish I was. I love the people, the culture, and it is just […]
About Clay Churchill
Clay is also known as MacGuyver as he always has what you need to fix most anything, anytime, anywhere. He has been married to his wife for 20 years and is a fun dad who loves to spend time with his three teenagers. After taking his family on a trip to Kenya, it changed the way they saw things. While Clay works full time as a project manager for LexisNexis, he comes alive on the ground in Kenya and is an integral part of Just One. Among many other things, he overseas Just One Africa operations, directs trips, and continues to grow our on the ground partnerships. He loves the people of Kenya, and is passionate about helping to provide clean water and caring for the orphans and vulnerable children. Clay loves adventure, especially with his family, and is always ready for an exciting new experience.
Entries by Clay Churchill
The Basics of Saying Hello in Swahili Besides the standard habari or jambo, I will teach you how to say even ‘good morning’ in Swahili (or good afternoon/evening) plus some other cool stuff that you can use while interacting with fun-loving youthful peers.
“Sometimes something touches your heart so deeply that “doing nothing” isn’t an option anymore. You become determined to make a change rather than coming up with excuses of why you can’t. Not because the fear stops lurking, but because the desire to do something is now greater.” Bethany Haley Williams, Ph.D.
Packing up 200 five-gallon buckets, 100 water filters, and our US and Kenyan teams, we departed for the small, rural village of Asembo, located in Siaya County. An excited crowd, 150 strong, anxiously awaited our arrival.
THANK YOU Simple Charity and so many others! Here’s a quick update from the field (at Hope Beyond in Kimana, Kenya) on what your incredible, generous, continued partnership has made possible!
Our first day in Kenya, we pulled into camp with Paul, and met Madam Dorcus. She was waiting for us outside of her house, ready to greet us with a smile and welcoming arms. We introduced ourselves, and immediately she made us feel at home.
On Tuesday, June 7th, I started my fieldwork. The American NGO, Just One Africa has distributed hundreds of water filters in Kimana, where I am living, and in Loitokitok, a town 20 minutes down the road. Just One employs two Kenyans named Edward and Mike to follow up on the filters.
This update from our partner, Dorcus: “The vegetable kitchen garden is amazing; full of spinach, kales, Irish potatoes, carrots, and beet root. It has reduced the budget of the green vegetables that we used to buy from the market and in addition we are selling the greens to the community which in return we can […]
Four years ago today (on 3/29/12) our lives changed forever as we know it. We flew across the ocean to Kenya for the first time and had the opportunity to love and serve others in some meaningful ways. In the process we found a part of our hearts come alive and knew that it wouldn’t […]
Today was full of new opportunities. The day started with our vehicles all packed up with buckets and filters heading to Siaya County for multiple water filter distributions. But first, we had a meeting with the governor to discuss the UZima Filters and our work in his community.