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. We have served in this community twice before and are often huddled into a small mud-walled church, with the only light source to the dark room coming from the pouring in of sun rays through the gaping doorways. Adjacent to the tiny structure, a much larger building was being erected for the purpose of communal gatherings and to be used as a church. Last time we visited, the roof had yet to be added. This time, however, just the walls needed to be added. It was such a beautiful sight to see the progress, as we know how big of a project it is. Despite the heavy struggles of the local community, they have relentlessly pressed on to see this building completed, which will allow even more people to gather together. After talking with the pastor of the church, he generously expressed his thankfulness for the water filters which were brought to his family and community.
Empowering local leaders with the access to these water filters provides clean water for communities and continues to encourage, strengthen, and support our friends. It is a beautiful exchange, both locally and globally. Each one of you who have donated to our Clean Water Program makes days like this possible. Without your support, we would not be able to continuously come back to our beloved “home”. Each time YOU give financially, YOU give hope and life to those in need. We want to say THANK YOU! We can’t think of a better way to spend our time and our resources!