Posted by: David Omondi
Doing the second geosurvey
We are excited to share with you that our friends at the Deeper Missions Org www.deepermissions.org sent hydrogeologists from Aqua Well Services Ltd to Akili School on Monday 30th May 2016. The hydrogeologists conducted a thorough/comprehensive survey to establish the ground water potential at the school. They also conducted a control test on the two spots where we unsuccessfully drilled before. The control test showed that there was no sufficient quantities of water at the two spots where we drilled.
The good news is that the hydrogeologists established that there is water on the school grounds, right next to our school dormitory/ boarding house.
They have advised us to drill 130 meters to strike sufficient quantities.
Unlike the previous geologists, the Aqua Well Services staff were very meticulous in their work. They explained to us exactly what they were looking for and even had us attempt some of the simple preliminary methods like water dowsing.
We are committed to providing stable supply of clean water for our girls and the community. Since we have recently planted fruit trees at the Campus, the water will also help us maintain these fruit trees and sustain the school in the future through sale of fruits to the local community.
In order to drill the well, we need $9,762. We have $3,250. We therefore need to raise $6,512 as soon as we can so that we can drill the well and provide water for the girls.
Wednesday June 15th is GlobalGiving Rewards Bonus Day! GlobalGiving org will be matching donations of up to $1000 at 40% starting at 9 AM EDT. There are also other prizes of $1000 for most unique donors and most funds raised on this day.
We hope that as many generous supporters as possible will make donations to this cause and help us provide clean water for our girls and our community. It is our prayer that given the thorough survey conducted by the Aqua Well Services Team, we will strike sufficient quantities of water this time.
Despite the setbacks from previous drilling attempts, lets all join hands and make this a reality for our girls and community.
Thank you for supporting our efforts to empower girls and women and make the world a better place.
Our volunteers Lauren and Janes with the girls
Girls washing their hands at school
Ground water tanks at Akili School
Newly admitted girls
Posted by: Jane Body
I am writing this at the end of my first full week here in Kisumu at the Akili Preparatory School. The word Karibu, which means welcome, has been following me around and what a welcome it has been! I am simply awestruck by the beauty surrounding the Obambo campus. The air is fresh and it is peaceful and quiet. What a beautiful environment for the girls.
On my first day here there was a local company searching for underground water, something a previous company had not been able to do. We got word later in the day that water had been found! The challenge now was to secure funding to drill and lay a pipe to the underground tanks. Once this is done the Akili girls will have access to almost double the water they have now.
After spending so many months preparing for this trip and learning about Akili from afar it feels wonderful to finally be here and see all of the sustainable projects in action. The Obambo campus now boasts a poultry project, a posho mill and 200 new mango, orange, avocado, lemon and papaya trees all recently planted by the girls. The commitment to self sustenance is amazing and I very much look forward to seeing it progress over the years.
David and Erick, Akili's founders, hope to set up an environmental club for the girls so they can learn how to care for the new trees, their environment and share these skills with their communities. Just one of the small actions that make Akili Preparatory School a success.
What I have absolutely loved in my first week here is seeing how happy, bright and joyful the girls are; always up for a dance party in their free time and never too shy to tell me what they have been learning in class. Some favourite subjects are English, Math and Swahili.
Over the next few weeks I plan to shadow Dennis, the farm manager, and see how he runs the sustainable farm over in Obunga. Together we will be looking at ways to record how much the farm is producing so that predictions for an expansion can be made.
Now time to join the girls as they finish classes for the day!
Thanks for reading!
Jane Body - Mama Hope Global Advocate
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