Kenya

CWS and T.D. Jakes' Potter's House partner in water projects in Kenya

Kenya - Families in several communities in Kenya are taking part in a CWS project that is developing clean water resources and creating secure and nurturing school environments for their children. Through CWS's "Water for Life" and "School Safe Zones" programs, components of the CWS Africa Initiative, Church World Service and The Potter's House, a Dallas church led by Bishop T. D. Jakes, are collaborating on the project.

CWS Executive Director Rev. John L. McCullough sees the CWS "Water for Life" ministry as more than just the building of wells. "It represents hope for families whose babies now will have a chance to grow up instead of dying young from deadly intestinal diseases just because there is no clean drinking water nearby."

The Potter's House is also partnering with CWS to offer health services at the 2,000-pupil Kawangware Primary School, located in the Kawangware slum area just outside Nairobi, the capital. During the inauguration week of the Kenya water and health projects - September 26-30 - there are vision and health clinics for Kawangware students and residents of the area, and distribution of eyeglasses in cooperation with the local Lions Club. The clinics at the school are being staffed by 25 U.S. doctors and 100 Kenyan doctors and nurses.

On September 27, the mission partners are visiting the Suswa and Mai-Mahiu areas to commission three wells. This year, more than 120 people have been killed in conflicts stemming from the blocking of a stream that waters Maasai livestock by Kikuyu tribe members in the area. CWS and The Potter's House mobilized elders from both tribes to work on a water-sharing solution. On September 27, the mission partners will hand over the wells to the two tribes.

According to Moses Ole Sakuda, a CWS associate director, the project has been received "with joy and praise" and, most important, "has brought peace to the region."

The mission partners are also traveling to Maasai villages in Emkaroni, Kajiado District, on September 29, to dedicate three additional new wells. At that time, visiting doctors will also treat local residents.