Help Bring Water to a Maasai Village in Kenya
Organized by: Sherry Anderson
Dear Friends and Family,
YOU AND WE DID IT TOGETHER! WE RAISED FUNDS TO BUILD WATER PIPE #1, AND ASSISTED IN THE FUNDING OF PIPE #2 THAT WE ONLY LEARNED WAS NEEDED A FEW WEEKS AGO. THANKS TO ALL WHO GENEROUSLY DONATED! THE CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN NEXT WEEK IN KENYA! JONATHAN WILL BE SENDING US PHOTOS SOON!
FUNDRAISING UPDATE: Crowdrise donations $2,705 Direct donations received: $3,410
Goal: $4,000 Total: $6,115!!!!!!!
Thank you to all the generous & wonderful donors listed at the right and generous & wonderful donors who have made direct donations:
Combined Donations from Members of the First Congregational Church, Holliston: $1,550
Adria Arch: $40
Pam Smith: $40
Pam Farrell: $20
Claire & Jim Cormier: $100
Kelly Cormier: $50
Scott & Paula Koehler: $25
Lisa Goldman: $50
Jeen Kniveton: $25
Anne Robinson: $20
John & Ruth Chinn: $50
New Beginnings of New Covenant United Methodist Church: $40
Patricia & Thomas Teager: $100
Sherry & Walker Anderson: $250
As you may know, my son Kyle recently volunteered in a small village called Ingarooj, Kenya, one week after graduating from Dickinson College. He worked for the Maasai Youth Outreach Organization (MAYOO). One of the many great things that MAYOO does is help orphan girls live a better life.
Since Kyle returned to the U.S., I have been in communication with Jonathan Saoyo Simel, the founder and executive director of MAYOO. Jonathan has made me aware of a significant problem in his community. The village is in great need of better access to clean and safe water.
In Ingarooj, it is very difficult to get water for cooking, drinking, bathing, washing clothes and feeding the animals, which they depend on for their livelihood. During the rainy season, they collect rainwater in a big vessel and use that until it is depleted. Then, villagers – mainly women - hike to the closest dam, ¾ of a mile away, with donkeys and big barrels. They fill the barrels and walk the water back to the village. Kyle participated in one of these excursions and told me how difficult it was for the people. This water is also unclean and needs to be purified. Unclean water causes sickness among the people and causes the animals to become sick and die.
A few years ago, MAYOO raised a portion of the cost to build a water pipe to bring clean water to the village. However, they were not able to raise the total needed to complete the project.
The community needs $4,000 to complete the pipeline. It will serve 100 families! Will you please join with me to raise these much needed funds?
Here some of the details of the water pipe project:
• In addition to serving more than 1,000 people, the pipe will also serve 4,000 goats, 3,500 sheep and 6,500 cattle since the Maasai people buy and sell animals, and draw milk from them as their way of making a living.
• An experienced technician will connect the pipes and complete the project.
• The source of the water is a well in a secondary school 10 kilometers away from the village. Officials there have given permission to pipe the water. The water is clean and purified.
• The pipe can be completed fairly quickly and get water to the village in less than a month!
• A portion of the funds will be used for a water storage tank.
I am passionate about this project! Kyle started a journey that changed his life. After hearing about his experience and speaking with Jonathan at length, they have inspired me to try to help bring water to this community. I hope you will join me by making a donation to this project. Any sized contribution will help reach the goal. Together, we can make a huge, direct impact! Completing the water pipe will greatly improve the lives of these beautiful people who endure a difficult life because they live in a poor and under-developed country.
I will keep you updated about the progress of the campaign, and share the results of the pipe’s installation once the funds are raised.
Thank you for considering a donation!
To donate by check, please make check to Sherry Anderson, and mail to 9 Irving Place, Holliston, MA 01746.
About Maasai Youth Outreach Organization (MAYOO)
MAYOO was founded in 2006 by Jonathan Saoyo Simel and has been able to help the poorest families and orphans who need parental care in the Maasai community. One of its main goals is to identify young girls, usually orphans (upper elementary and middle school age), who are in danger of early marriage and/or female genital mutilation (FGM). MAYOO helps the girls by paying school fees and providing a safe house for them to live and thrive.
Part of the reason that there are so many orphans in Kenya is that diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis ravage the people. Young girls and boys are sometimes left with no one to take care of them. That is where Jonathon’s organization steps in.
MAYOO receives funding from individuals around the world, particularly in the U.K. and U.S., and partners with other organizations to help the entire Maasai community end poverty by empowering them to achieve their goals in life. To learn more about MAYOO, please click on this link: