CLEAN WATER FOR ORPHAN CHILDREN IN KENYA
Organized by: Victor omondi
The death of parents is a great loss to children but it is even worse when it is from HIV/AIDS. Homa Bay district is the home of more than 30,000 orphaned children whose parents have died mainly from HIV/AIDS. At a time when the HIV/AIDS prevalence nationally is stabilizing at 7%, Homa Bay District has a prevalence of 21%. It was expected that the extended family safety net would manage to absorb the orphans and reintegrate them into the mainstream families to enable them lead normal lives. But the situation is not that rosy, the safety net has been perforated and in an area where poverty prevalence is as high as 74.4%, there is evidence that these children undergo emotional trauma in the community, schools and in the extended families where they are absorbed. HIV/AIDS orphans specifically withstand social isolation, neglect and discrimination after the loss of their parents. Girls are particularly vulnerable as they are forced to go through hard chores eventually succumbing to early marriages and pregnancies.
As the rate of HIV and malaria contamination is very high, many children here become orphans so early. We are trying our best to grow them safely. This task is made harder when sanitary conditions are bad.
Water is a big problem there
During the dry season people cannot access clean drinkable water and many go to the Lake Victoria nearby to fetch water for drinking.
We intend to dig an underground tank in order to tap rain water. During rainy season a lot of water end up being wasted and go untapped. By helping us fund this project, the children and the local community will have access to clean and safe water for cooking and drinking. We also intend to do piping with your contributions so that the water runs into the dormitories and the bathrooms for the children.
The tapped water in the underground tank will also be used to do simple irrigation to the small vegetable farm in the school. This will help us get food for the orphans as well.
If we don't manage to reach the entire goal, the funds will be used to purchase plastic containers i.e 8000 litres and this will temporarily solve the problem.
Your contribution will help an African child to get food from the irrigated farm.
again with your help, we intend to achieve the following.
The impact of having safe drinking water is tremendous:
• Lives are saved
• Illnesses are greatly reduced
• Health is dramatically improved
• Economic conditions improve
• Educational opportunities improve
That is why we decided to help those children by building an underground water tank which will collect rainwater from the roofs of the school and enable the children to get clean water all through the year.
By helping us achieving our goal, you will ensure the children of Homa Bay means to make their future brighter. The motto of the school is: "Knowledge is Life". I believe this is true. Education only can make solutions for the needy ones to improve their living.
OUR APPEAL TO YOU
If you think this is worth helping us, please share our project with your friends!
Thanks a lot to those who will allow these children to focus more on their studies than on their health.