The project raised funds to help 2000 adults and children get fresh water daily in the village of Shimba Hills, Kenya by building a well which costs $15,300. The goal is to aid these people who walk 20 kilometers daily in a dangerous path littered by elephants, crocodiles and other wild game to obtain fresh water. The project is an emergency program implemented by the Mkundi Outstation of Shimba Hills.
The project came to my attention from a friend of my family who recently visited this part of the world. She took up this and several other projects as a personal mission and enlisted her colleagues’ assistance. She is a prominent attorney in the Nassau County Bar Association.
It was not difficult for me to want to help this cause. Shimba Hills is in Kenya. It is an area where 1.2 million children are orphaned due to AIDS. Four out of five people go missing each week to practice of human sacrifices. Food aid sent from the United States does not get distributed well and often spoils before it can be a source of nutrition. The still water from rains that often substitutes for lack of fresh water is infested with malaria and other tropical diseases makes the situation worse.
The water project is run by the local pastor of Mkundi Outstation of Shimba Hills who will ensure that all humans regardless or race, cultural background or tribe benefit from fresh water everyday.
To date we have raised over $16,000 and the monies have been delivered to the Mkundi Outstation. We are all now more optimistic for these people.