Project #13254

Clean water for 1,200 children in rural Kenya

by Makindu Children's Program
Water brings vitality and many playful moments!
Water brings vitality and many playful moments!

The Makindu borehole drilling project finally hit water! It was a joyous moment when the water came gushing out, producing a stronger flow than we ever could have dreamed. The Makindu Children’s Centre is already using this precious resource to provide essential educational, nutritional, and medical services for over 1,200 children. With the savings that the borehole bring to the Centre, and as it becomes a public utility, MCC will be able to invest even more in programs that ensure the livelihood of the children.

Will you please donate again to guarantee the continued success of this project? We are only $3,240 away from reaching our goal. If we are able to raise these funds to build solar-powered technology for the borehole, the MCC will have an even greater ability to serve the children and the community of Makindu.

This would not have been possible without your support. Asante sana (thank you) for your contribution from the bottom of our hearts!

To view the bounteous water fountaining out of the newly drilled borehole, please visit our website at

It's time to celebrate! Water is life!


Exploring the river after bathing (Nicole DeVito)
Exploring the river after bathing (Nicole DeVito)

This borehole project for Makindu has been a lesson in patience thus far… something our Kenyan friends understand all too well! After ongoing mechanical failures and recurrent unforeseen complications delaying the initiation of the MCC borehole, we decided that it was time to switch to another drilling company, and start afresh. Each month the work was postponed only cost the center more in monthly water expenses, which is precisely why the borehole concept arose: to avoid diverting money from other essential services to pay for consistently escalating municipal water fees. Water remains a vital and essential need, but to cut back on education, health or nutrition benefits is not an acceptable alternative for the desperately needy children that MCC serves.

We have now signed a contract with a new drilling company, who was on site in Makindu last week, affirming their commitment, and ensuring that they can begin the drilling in the next few weeks. The water will be fundamental to maintain routine functioning of the center: utilized for daily feedings for the children, bathing, washing clothes, and providing water for the farm and latrines. Another undeniable benefit of this potable water will be prevention of the soil-borne illnesses and dysentery so common to this region. Children (particularly those with immune compromising illnesses and malnutrition) can easily succumb with what we would consider only an annoying 24-hour gastroenteritis.

I will be traveling back to Kenya in late January for a routine field visit of our project, and look forward to seeing a completed borehole by then, with flowing, potable water for the children, center and compound. (Photos to come!)

Your gift of providing lifesaving water, and the ongoing support your donations provide to the children of Makindu is greatly appreciated.

“Watoto ni baadaye”: the children are the future!

Asante sana!

Enjoying enriched porridge (Catherine DeLong)
Enjoying enriched porridge (Catherine DeLong)
Kiema in her school uniform (Cathy DeLong)
Kiema in her school uniform (Cathy DeLong)
Abdullah washing his hands in the water spigot
Abdullah washing his hands in the water spigot
An MCC guardian
An MCC guardian's youngest child (Winnie Barron)


Three MCC Children in a Tub
Three MCC Children in a Tub

Although we had hoped to announce by now that the borehole drilling at the Makindu Children's Centre had commenced, the drilling company unfortunately experienced some unforeseen mechanical problems with their drill.  This necessitated the shipping of multiple replacement parts from the U.S., causing over a month of delay. As of now, they have successfully repaired the drilling machine. They are currently completing the borehole that they were starting when the drill broke down, and MCC is next on their list of projects.

We have received confirmation from them that if they are not able to get their drill to the MCC within the next few weeks, they will either borrow another drill to get our job started, or allow us to pass on the job to another company to get this project done. 

Life can move frustratingly slowly in Africa, so we are very familiar with such delays. Over the years, I have often heard the Swahili phrase encouraging us to be patient, which translates to, “Slowly, slowly, the world still turns!

But we are also confident that soon we will have flowing, clean and potable water at the Centre, which will then be utilized in the kitchen, in bathrooms, in washrooms for the kids, as well as in the Centre shamba (farm).

Once we have the borehole completed, we plan to push on with our funding campaign to power both the borehole and the entire centre with solar power. Solar power will save even more money, which can then be used to augment our other essential services for the children. Your ongoing contributions to this vital project are much appreciated, and we will be sure to keep you up to date with our progress.

Asante sana (thank you very much)!

Playing at the Water Spigot
Playing at the Water Spigot
From Winnie
From Winnie's Recent Visit
Enjoying a break from lessons
Enjoying a break from lessons

We are thrilled to announce that the Makindu Children’s Centre will be breaking ground to begin construction on the borehole within the next month! The project has seen some great successes so far, thanks to so many generous supporters. GlobalGiving donors have contributed over $8,000 towards the borehole, and along with other individual donations as well as grants received from a few Rotary clubs within Oregon, we have now raised a total of $20,000 for the borehole project.  

A few weeks ago, a geological survey was conducted and water license approval granted, and the area was cleared to begin groundbreaking for construction. This is a major victory for the Makindu Children’s Centre as the borehole will directly impact 1,200 children and their families. This borehole will empower the Makindu Children’s Centre to act as a community resource and public utility, saving MCC thousands of dollars each year. In addition, the borehole will provide MCC with a steady income source, which will serve to further augment MCC’s programs and services. 

This fundraising project has been an incredible success thanks to donors such as yourself, devoted to the concept that access to clean, affordable water is a basic human right. With your assistance, we are committed to return water rights back into the hands of the people.  But, we are not finished yet!  To further aid MCC, we hope to now raise an additional $10,000 to make both the borehole and the entire Makindu Children’s Centre solar powered. This will save even more money currently spent on electricity.  The borehole and solar powering will contribute towards not only the self-sufficiency of the centre, but to the ongoing sustainability of the program.

Please consider contributing again to help complete our goal, or tell your friends and family about our project! Share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation. You know your friends and family best, so use your own words - tell them why you chose our project and what it means to you. Every donation helps to ensure that we can continue helping the Makindu community.

Thank you again for all you have done to help this cause.

Playing at the Makindu Children
Playing at the Makindu Children's Centre

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Makindu Children's Program

Location: Eugene, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Lou Enge
Eugene, Oregon United States

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