The Journey of Water in Chembulet

Jessi Holland Chembulet, The 410 Blog, Water

“The programs of The 410 Bridge are the fruit of relationship that we build on both sides of the Bridge.”
Kurt Kandler, Executive Director

Today, I’m going to tell you the story of the journey of Chembulet, Kenya receiving WATER!

Let’s start at the beginning.

It all starts with priorities.  And priorities start in relationship.  Members of the community come together led by their own people – a Leadership Council – to decide what few programs would be the best conduit for empowerment in their community.  As many communities do, they decide that water is key for true sustainability!  Access to clean water gives life, improves health, boosts economy, & gives kids more time in school.  So the community members, the Leadership Council, the American church, & donors came together to fund the project & see it through. 

AUGUST 2018

The community begins Phase 1:

  1. Surveying
  2. Borehole drilling
Leadership Council teaching the community about the water process

From Claire, Kenya Country Director:

“I trust this finds you well. I am in Chembulet with Muchai for the second time for the well drilling activity after the first aborted trip for the same last week. We thank God that we did manage to overcome the traveling logistics last evening and were able to be here in time. We arrived at 0200hrs and after a short sleep we dashed to the community at the crack of dawn.”

“The community is very excited. A good number of community members turned up for the ground breaking ceremony, …This includes the Leadership Council, schools’ representatives, government administration, health facility representative, and others. Praises, worship and thanksgiving dominated the ceremony. Pastor Sylvester, the Lead Pastor used Genesis 26:22, “And he moved there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So, he called its name Rehoboth, because he said, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land,” that formed the basis of the ground-breaking ceremony. After the prayers, the borehole point was dedicated through prayer.”

Community praying over borehole

The borehole drilling continued…20 meters…120 meters…186 meters…still no water.  The community decides to bring in additional pipes to help them get to 250 meters.  The praying continues.

AUGUST 23rd 2018

Chembulet HITS WATER!

From Claire, Kenya Country Director:

“Please convey our gratitude, along with the gratitude of our friends in Chembulet, to the partners & donors who have so generously invested in this project. I will continue to keep you updated as additional progress is made in the coming weeks & months. Please continue to pray for God’s blessing on this project as it enters the next phase.”

SEPTEMBER 2018

Chemical testing of the water begins to be sure that it is safe for human consumption. Two weeks later, reports are back – the water is safe in small doses. Watch this video to see the impact that clean water has made!

Water in Chembulet

DECEMBER 2018 

Phase 2 begins:

  1. Pump installed
  2. Solar Power system installed
  3. Control House installed

BUT the story isn’t over yet…

THERE IS ONE MORE PHASE!

The water is currently safe in small doses, but this is not a long-term solution. Therefore, in this third phase, a storage tank will be constructed & a treatment system will be installed to ensure long-term solution for SAFE WATER for the entire community.

Please be in continued prayer for Chembulet and the journey together to safe and accessible water!

Click this link to empower this community today!!

https://my.410bridge.org/The410Bridge