Ekenywa is working with an orphanage to provide a sustainable water solution. In November and December last year, we had a fundraising drive to raise money for a water reservoir. Since then, an assessment by our contractor at the home indicated that the project would be more intensive than initially scoped. Their recommendation is to drill an existing shallow borehole next to the home further down to access a natural water reservoir for a more sustainable solution in the long term, rather than build the 400,000 liter water reservoir initially planned. We are in the process of gathering quotations to determine what the final costs will be for this project.
In August 2017, the Gasperi Family made the move to Kenya to work full time on Ekenywa and get their boots on the ground. In an exciting first leadership team meeting, we laid out the roadmap that will guide our Q1 activities. This will include working hard to develop partnerships within Nakuru to get our permits to operate, as well as with the Ministries of Education and Health to collaborate towards our goal of implementing our WASH program in a school in Njoro County.
In this quarter, Ekenywa is committed to serve 500 children in one primary school that are in urgent need of deworming and physical health assessments that Chris and Ashley in conjunction with local health officers will begin this work. We are seeking out schools that lack the most resources, and looking for dedicated school staff that are eager to work together to improve the children’s lives. We will deliver this through developing relationships with key leadership in the school and community to develop sustainable programs focused on water, sanitation, educational scholarships and food programs. We are also seeking out key partnerships with artists to incorporate creative arts programs in the primary school and also help with literacy.