Kiritiri, the town of Kenya where Victoria’s Children Home is located, doesn’t typically get a lot of rain, and has been experiencing a significant drought recently. In order to provide water to the orphanage, we had to dig a well at the edge of our property. This was no easy feat.
We hired a crew that spent several days digging through solid rock to access water over 600 feet in the ground. We constructed a well to get that water out and use it to supply water for our showers, toilets, drinking water, watering our plants and animals, etc.
However, because of the drought, even the water in our well runs dry from time to time. That’s why we’ve installed large water tanks and gutters throughout the property that collect fresh rain water to use as needed. There are currently seven water tanks that hold 3,000 to 10,000 liters throughout the Victoria’s Children campus. We are planning to purchase a few more and add more gutters throughout the campus to make sure we can collect as much rainwater as we can during the rainy season so we don’t have to buy water at the market, as we sometimes do due to the drought. Water is precious in Kenya and we are doing what we can to make sure we have a steady supply of it.