Girls perform during community water celebration
After many years of hard work and persistence in partnership with Rotary International, the Rotary Club of Andover, MA, and Water Mission Kenya, we helped to bring a safe, clean, reliable source of water to the community of Gotichaki, where our school is located. Our Founder and Executive Director, Kwamboka Okari, shared the following message from a community-wide celebration held in late March:
We finally celebrated the H2Okari Safe Water Project yesterday. It was great and we had representatives from many quarters, including the Kisii County, the Constituency and the Community.
Since November, 2017 when the taps started flowing with safe, clean and treated water, everyone in and around the community of Gotichaki started talking about the water which Margaret Okari school was instrumental in bringing to the community.
All our immediate neighbours i.e. the dispensary, the polytechnic, the high school and the primary school are all enjoying safe clean water. Not to mention all the people in the surrounding Gotichaki area.
No one ever imagined that they will ever have safe, clean and treated water piped from the stream down in the valley, flowing from taps near their homes. There are two points where taps are stationed. One at the dispensary and another one behind our school, by Evan's Kiosk.
During the dry season in December, January and part of February, when lines were long at the stream and water was trickling, the Gotichaki community found a safe and clean water haven outside the Margaret Okari School, where they fetched water with ease. A 20 litre jerrycan sells for Shs. 5/-.
From all of Us, we would like to say a Big "THANK YOU" to the Rotary Club of Andover, the Rotary Club International and the Water Mission Kenya, for bringing Margaret Okari School and the Gotichaki Community this sought-after commodity called "WATER".
May God bless everyone who played their part to make this H2Okari Water Project a reality and a Huge success.