Friday, March 27, 2009

Thank you 6am Thursday Morning Baton Rouge Men’s Bible Study.

A group of men from Baton Rouge, most attend First Presbyterian Church, donated a well to the people of Nyabigugu Village, Rwanda in 2008.

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Mrs. Cuzuzo tells me that since the well was given to the community there is a huge reduction in illness and worms. That in the beginning some people were still fetching water from the swamp but after they realized that the people taking water from the well were much healthier fewer and fewer people would go back. No she says no one takes water from the swamp. She estimates that some 500 families are now using this water source, this is much larger than our original impact estimate if correct.

A highlight is that her baby, Arini (in her arms), was born just when our crew drilled the well and she has security in knowing she has clean water for her.

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DSCF1845 DSCF1850 DSCF1848These little guys were hanging out as their mothers were collecting water. Check out this incredible game of bottle caps, very much like playing marbles back home. they even have their favorite caps weighted with different materials like clay, mud, etc.

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Thank you gentlemen for your expression of Christ’s love for The Least of These Brothers of Ours.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

It is said that Kibera is the largest slum in Africa.  With nearly one million people living within the shacks leaning one to the other.

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In an earlier post (December 4th) I showed you the water source for a school near the area above.

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I am excited to be able to report that I am just back from revisiting this area and a project sponsored by Charity:Water and Brighton through Living Water International.  The borehole has been drilled to 300 meters, an electric pump is in place and pumping to:

A.  Two storage tanks at a medical and maternity clinic that now has clean running water for sanitary use and flushing toilets.

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B.  A water kiosk that is providing clean water to the local community (estimated immediate residents is 70,000)

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C.  A Shower and toilet facility across the street from the clinic.

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This is a fantastic project and I am thankful groups like Charity:Water that are working so hard to raise funding so that we can do work like this.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Thanks First P!



The congregation and worship team of First Pres.  did an amazing thing.  They produced a CD and held a concert to raise money for the desperate need for clean water in Africa.  Our parents took some pictures to show us what it looked like.  We can't thank you guys enough. 

Lilly's Birthday



So, my oldest is 9!  Lilly chose to have a "Puppy" themed party.  We made cupcakes and sugar cookies with various dog shapes.  MacGregor found 101 Dalmation napkins on his latest trip to Nairobi.  She had over the girls from her class and we played games like "feed the breed" which involved tossing a bean-bag bone into a cardboard dog's mouth and "hot dog" (like hot potato).  It's nice that she has a great group of girls in her class.  Fun day!