I won’t repeat how we proposed the Rotary Club of Billericay’s Borewell project, went about it and raised funds to finance and fulfil it in Embu, Kenya.
My early proposals say it all. Our initial proposal was to dig a pilot well for Ciamanda Primary School. The project was then presented to our double triangular Rotary Clubs in France, Italy and Sweden and our neighbours in Basildon.
The successful completion of that first borewell in two weeks, and publication of our completion brochure summarising the benefits achieved, the “Gift of Life” to so many children and the agreement of the double triangular clubs to support our project.
There have been many hurdles along the way to bring this project to a successful conclusion. All have been addressed and overcome by stalwart, very capable and dedicated members of our Club, including our President, Peter.
Three wells completed, one under construction and finance and planning in place for the final four wells with only the District Grant money outstanding.
When completed we will collectively have made a life changing difference to more than 2,500 infant children in Embu district schools, providing clean water for drinking, hygiene and irrigation to grow food crops used for essential nutrition provided in school meals.
As the instigator of this project, I do not want any credit, but my sincere thanks go to:
Thankfully, none of us involved have ever had to suffer or endure the hardships of these children in need. May we all be given the strength, encouragement and enlightenment to do the same again for the next worthy cause.
You have really changed the World,
for some children in need.
Not one of us can possibly imagine,
by just how much.
Thank you all, most sincerely and personally.
N.B. On completion, each of these wells will have a plaque of dedication for each of the Rotary Clubs that have taken part in this International project.
By Malcolm Acors
more Margaret Fowler returned in March 2023 to see what progress had been made since her November visit.
more Club members Rev. Margaret Fowler reports on her October visit to Kenya to see our Borewells in operation.
more Project completed - Objectives Exceeded - TEN wells built and in operation
more Fundraising exceeded expectations and we are able to fund not just the original 6 Borewells, but a total of 10 borewells in all.
more Make these children Happy and Safe! Help deliver Fresh clean water for 2,500 Kenyan Schoolchildren by donating to this project. Donate here.
more Bonus Day event - Give on December 9 and help us win a prize for the most donors to this project.
more The background to our story
more A personal reflection by Rtn. Revd. Margaret Fowler
more How we used Crowdfunding to raise the "missing" money we needed.
more Key conclusions we learnt from this project.
more A selection of videos taken during the project implementation at some of the schools where the wells are being dug.
back 5,500 children at 10 schools in Kenya, are benefitting from reliable, fresh, clean water for drinking, washing, cleaning, and watering of crops. This will make a huge difference to their lives for less than ten pounds per child.