Bishop Rooke Writes:
Reading the whole of the Bible in Lent was no small undertaking and I should
like to express my thanks to all who contributed in any way to this effort to
raise funds for the water project in our link Diocese in Kajiado, Kenya. People
from far and wide sent contributions or chose to sponsor the reading of a
The good news is that we reached our target of 11.500 euro (£10,000). The amount banked was €11,640 (with the promise of more yet to come).
What is even better is that Bishops’ Appeal has agreed to match-
fund our contribution. Hence, many congratulations to all; from the
McWhirters whose idea it was, to the co-ordinators of the technology, to the
clergy who organised the readers, to those who read, to those who supported
by attending or sponsoring. All in all, it was a wonderful team-effort that
brought many people together during Lent to think of others while reading the
Imaroro is situated 50 miles from Kajiado Town with the local community members now settled onto their own individual land holdings. This community has been trying to adapt from their semi-nomadic lifestyles in order to meet the demands of settled living. This has proved to be a considerable challenge with the provision of water instrumental in creating the foundations upon which to build a settled and sustainable family life. The area that will be served by the community borehole has registered approximately. 500 households with a total of around 3000 people who will use the water. The population numbers are quite stable and the community is well organised and a local management committee will be put in place to maintain all the functions of the borehole – thus ensuring a long term constant supply of clean fresh water.
Currently the community do not have any sustainable water supply. The few who can afford to buy water do so, but normally in very small quantities and it is not always clean. An alternative option is to dig a hole in a river bed deep enough to reach water that is trapped in the sand. This water is not sufficient for the whole community and is also shared by local herdsmen who allow their animals to drink from it. Now that the community is trying to move away from a traditional nomadic lifestyle to a more settled way of life they must be given the control for the development of their own sustainable water supply. The average rainfall – covering both seasons – is a little over 500mm per year. The community are now living on individually owned land so space for community water catchment schemes is not available. A bore hole is therefore the best and most reliable solution. The water will be distributed separately to families and livestock to ensure only clean water is brought back to the village. So, the plan is to drill a borehole down about 250m, line it, construct a holding tank and attach it to a solar powered pump house for access to the water. TKA has committed to provision of the solar pump house.