Makindu Children's Program

The Mission of Makindu Children's Program (MCP) is to provide financial, advisory and technical guidance to Makindu Children's Centre (MCC) and support their efforts to provide nutritional, medical and emotional support, and access to education and vocational training to destitute AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children.
Dec 23, 2014

Water is Life!

We are so very pleased to report that the crops grown at the Makindu Children's Centre and irrigated by our new borehole are thriving! Bountiful fresh vegetables are now supplementing the children's meals making their meals ever more nutritious and delicious.

Mutheu came to us last year, four years old, malnourished and HIV+, and had rarely had the pleasure of eating vegetables. Now her favorite meal is chapatti and vegetables - "sukuma wiki" in Swahili. Her health has dramatically improved with the addition of clean, fresh produce to her diet. Where she used to be extremely quiet, shy and sickly, she now engages in activity and conversation with others and when she's eating her vegetables she smiles! 

Mutheu's story is similar to the hundreds of other children accessing the Centre on a daily basis. Besides the irrigation to the Centre crops, the water is utilized for daily feedings for the children, their bathing needs, washing clothes, and their latrine needs. However, the piping is still not complete from the borehole into the Centre. The final segment of the project will extend the piping throughout the entire Centre compound: reaching all of the crops, the kitchen, washroom and latrines. This will include the purchase and installation of new sinks, pipes, and faucets, a hand washing station, another holding tank, and all the fixings needed to successfully keep the Centre running smoothly.

The ability to grow and wash vegetables with clean water has brought better health to all of our children. Let's not stop there. Let's bring this water into the Centre's kitchen, washrooms and latrines. We are so close!

Thank you to all who have helped us provide this precious resource to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Makindu. You are making a HUGE difference in their lives. A common saying in Kenya is “Maji ni maisha!”, which means Water is Life… and so it is!

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Oct 31, 2014

Pump is in and providing a bounty of water to the Centre!

Healthy crops & water holding tank
Healthy crops & water holding tank

Makindu is thrilled to have now reached the final phase of this project, providing a sustainable water system for the entire Centre compound and for the many desperate children reliant upon Makindu for their daily needs. The pump has been placed and water is reliably flowing, and has already proven to be of great benefit. Piping was initiated to the nearest farm (shamba) crops, increasing their daily yield of vegetables, and saving precious funding for other program needs.

 With the hundreds of children accessing the Centre on a daily basis, this water provides multiple essential functions of the day-to-day operations. Beyond the water piped to the Centre crops, it is utilized for daily feedings for the children, for their bathing needs, washing clothes, as well as supplying water to the latrines.

 This final segment of the project will allow Makindu to extend the piping throughout the entire Centre compound: reaching all of their crops, the kitchen, washroom and latrines. This will include the installation of new sinks, pipes, and faucets, a hand washing station, another holding tank, and all the fixings needed to successfully keep the Centre running smoothly.

 An undeniable benefit of this portable water is the prevention of soil-borne illnesses and dysentery so common to this region. Children (particularly those with immune compromising illnesses and malnutrition), can easily succumb from what would represent only an annoying 24-hour tummy bug to us.

 A common saying in Kenya is “Maji ni maisha!”, which means Water is Life… and so it is!

 Our heartfelt thanks to all of our donors thus far, making this precious gift a reality.

Full on porridge made with our own water
Full on porridge made with our own water
Clean body, clean clothes, full belly
Clean body, clean clothes, full belly

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Aug 1, 2014

Connecting the Borehole to the Children's Centre

Washing dishes will soon be revolutionized.
Washing dishes will soon be revolutionized.

Makindu Children's Program borehole drilling program continues to benefit the children and staff at Makindu Children's Centre. The shamba (farm) is now being irrigated from the borehole through existing hoses and piping. As donations continue to come in, a pump and new pipes will be purchased and installed to irrigate the shamba and bring clean safe water to faucets within the Children's Centre. This valuable and precious gift of water will revolutionize the way of life at the Children's Centre making cooking and cleaning much easier and more efficient. When the project is complete, the Children's Centre will be able to sell this water to the general community thereby supplementing the income of the Centre and helping sustain the nutritional, educational and healthcare programs provided at the Centre.

Please consider another donation to Makindu to help us complete this worthy and valuable effort. Your donations truly make a HUGE difference in the lives of these orphaned and vulnerable children.

From all of us at Makindu Children's Program and Makindu Children's Centre, ASANTE SANA!!! Thank you so very much!!!

Soon he will have clean safe drinking water!
Soon he will have clean safe drinking water!
Kids posing in front of the Water Tower.
Kids posing in front of the Water Tower.
Bathing will be so much easier!
Bathing will be so much easier!

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