Access to clean, affordable water and power are basic human rights. Due to recent privatization of utility companies in Kenya, water and electricity prices have skyrocketed. As a result, Makindu Children's Centre now faces exorbitant water and power bills, diverting crucial funds from MCC's core programs and reducing services for more than 550 Kenyan orphaned and vulnerable children and their guardian families who rely on MCC for nutritional, educational, medical, and psycho-social support.
Constructing a solar-power facility for the borehole will provide access to plentiful potable water, essential for basic nutrition, as well as for cooking, cleaning, hygiene and irrigation for the Centre's garden. It will also empower MCC to act as a public utility and community resource, saving MCC thousands of dollars each year. In fact, solar power will provide MCC with a steady income source through sales of surplus power, which will augment MCC's programs and services.
The borehole project will ensure a reliable, sustainable water supply for 550 MCC children and their guardians, generate ancillary income for MCC, and bring affordable water and power to over 3,000 local villagers and small businesses. Using solar panels ensures that the project can be sustained over the long-term, and expands the capacity of other electricity dependent services of the Centre, such as refrigeration, computer power, back-up batteries, and lighting for studies.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
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