New Hope for Education & Water Supply

Attir Village, Kenya

Mama Jamarose, a mother of 12 children, is left speechless about the hope that she now has in her life. Her life has transformed in every manner and aspect, from personal healing down to her children. Mama Jamarose is thankful and says our GHNI organization is a blessing. She does not have enough words to express her appreciations, except to hope GHNI staff have all the strength that they need to carry out their noble duty.

Mama Jamarose has been an object of scorn and despise, but the tables turned in her life and now she has all the reason to smile. She suffered stigmatization because of her fistula and how she used to receive help. Now her children can walk to school regardless of her inability to afford their academic costs. In Attir Village, a school has been built with an extension in order to contain all the children in the village in their respective classes. Being a mother of 12, she had them herding for other people to earn food in return. Now doors have been opened for her children to work on their own future and avoid the fate that seemed doomed. Though a long journey starts with a single step, this is a journey worth starting and hoping to finish despite the ups and downs. A future has to be earned, and in her healed condition, she is now ready to take up her task. She smiles, knowing her children’s future has begun changing today.

After long suffering and diminishing hopes regarding their water supply, the Attir Community Water Committee reached out to respective government and nongovernment offices, as coached, to network and get their needs responded to. Out of this, they presented their matters to another organization that agreed and committed themselves to the community request. They went into the village with an expert to consider a drilling site, and then they went ahead and gave a time frame to the community, elevating their hopes even more.  

However, due to their expectations, the community felt frustrated, as the pledge never met the time that was set and was delayed by four months. Our GHNI-Kenya director explained why we could only partner with the other organization, and not drill a well unless the partnering organization said it could not drill. This is to avoid duplication of projects, which is against the NGO’s board regulations. However, the director said all hope is not lost, and that he and the office will try their best to come up with a lasting solution to this problem.

Meanwhile, the community has to make do with what is available to use, so they provided the manpower for repairs as the organization provided the pipes to run for about 0.93 miles where they had been damaged from a neighboring village that is about 3.7 miles away.