Olepolos is located in Amboseli National Park, near the Tanzanian border. It is a densely populated area; home to almost 2,500 Kenyans. In the past, these villagers had to cross the border into Tanzania every day and wait in line at the Kamwanga well. This cost the women eight hours every day, and nearly three quarters of the villagers complained of being sick from drinking dirty water. The villagers knew they needed a better source, and we committed ourselves to help them. After discussing with community leaders, the consensus was to drill a borehole well near the two local pre-schools. Continue Reading →
Livestock as Business
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Meshenani is an area located near the northwest corner of the Amboseli National Park. It is home to approximately 1,600 people, who are spread out over a relatively large area. There is a school close to the park that almost 300 kids attend, and a total of about 1,000 people live nearby. Further from the park is a group of Bomas, Kenyans who live a more rural lifestyle, of about 600. With such a great need for water it was clear to us that a borehole well would be necessary, so in the summer of 2008 we drilled Meshenani’s first well. Continue Reading →
See for yourself the miracle of water in Enkong’u Narok! The test pumping was on Thursday and Friday, and after 24 hours of pumping at 39,000 liters per hour, the water level stayed the same inside the well. Thank God for this ABUNDANCE of water and blessings for the community of Enkong’u Narok.
The women of Kenya have worn their traditional beaded jewelry for generations. In their culture, necklaces and bracelets can signify anything from a person’s age to their marital status or tribal origin. WILK recognized the passion the people held for the jewelry, and saw the potential to sell the pieces here in the U.S.
The women had the talent and the ability, but what they lacked was a steady supply of materials to make their beads. Although the women had traditionally made their jewelry out of colored glass beads, WILK sought a more unique and environmentally friendly alternative. The solution, beads made from recycled paper. The women get shipments of unwanted paper from all around: green paper from the Kenyan phone company, purple paper from Bank of America, unused pamphlets from Disney and Seaworld, and they transform it into beautiful beads. The traditional glass beads are also used, for an authentic look and feel.
All the beads and jewelry are handmade in Kenya, and the women are paid a wage nearly triple the average earnings of the region. This money is often used to send children to school, or for other quality of life improvements. WILK then sells the beads here in the states, and all the profit from the sales goes to fund further water projects in Kenya. It’s a win-win for the people, and it helps us do more for the whole area.
Imisigyio was the first community WILK helped. In 2006, WILK was unable to provide food during the drought and Joyce wanted to help this community. Money was raised in 2007 including money from the local government’s development-fund (CDF) for a tank. Land was donated around the borehole to be used as a community farm and WILK helped train the community on farming. Continue Reading →