Ben (left) and Charles Odipo with the drill rig
It's been a great summer for the Friends of Yimbo. After a difficult winter, things have really turned around. Why? Because, as promised, water is now flowing in Muguna village in Yimbo! Thanks to the help of many, and the incredible generosity of one particular Friend of ours, the first of two planned bore holes was successfully drilled in late June. The hydrological survey I reported in May was accurate, and potable water was found. Samples have been tested at labs in Kenya and the US, and the results show the water is perfectly suitable for domestic use. A manual pump and meter have been installed, and the community has begun using it. Our local water committee will monitor the fee structure and usage rate. They're also going to build a fence and water kiosk at the site, and we'll share the cost with them.
It's not easy to convey here the magnitude of what has happened in June, but it brought tears of joy to everyone there. For the first time, thanks to the Friends of Yimbo and the commitment of the local community, Muguna Village has a viable source of safe water in its midst.
As mentioned in my May report, we plan to drill a second well in the neighboring village of Angwenyo after completing another hydrological survey there. So we're not done yet, and we could still use your help. We estimate that surveying, drilling, and securing the second site will cost somewhere between $20,000 and $25,000.
The Friends of Yimbo are on a roll. We're successfully following through on our commitments, and we have no plan to stop. Please help keep us moving forward helping. Our friends in Yimbo sure do appreciate it. We hope this report convinces you that your donation will be used well. As always, thanks for being a Friend of Yimbo.
All the best!
Friends from the US there for the occasion
The water flows