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Convoy of Hope helps provide life-giving water in Kenya

Water is life. But many people around the world don’t have access to clean drinking water. In fact, an estimated 800 million people worldwide lack an adequate water supply. 

Convoy of Hope is passionate about getting water to those whose lives depend on it. Convoy’s work in Kenya is a prime example. Through a long-term relationship with Kenya National Director Bryan Burr, hundreds of thousands of Kenyans have better access to clean water.

“For many of the people we work with, water is not easily accessible,” said Bryan. “They walk long distances to fetch water daily, and this consumes large amounts of their time.” 

Bryan is committed to being a part of the solution. They have lived and worked in Kenya since 1997, and their partnership with Convoy of Hope goes back nearly as long. They’ve been instrumental in helping Convoy drill boreholes, which are similar to wells, that can hold millions of gallons of water. Bryan and his team have two months to capitalize on rainfall: April and October. Collecting rainwater is key to survival for the rest of the year.

“Having water available helps them not only take care of basic needs, but also gives them time to engage in agriculture and other income generating initiatives,” Bryan said.

In addition to the boreholes, Convoy has worked with local, established churches to put up greenhouses in many communities. This helps show Kenyans that they don’t only have to be reliant on cattle for food and they can depend on other sustainable food sources.

“I feel safe saying it’s hundreds of thousands of people impacted,” Bryan said. “The wells we’ve been able to put in, greenhouses, and the dams to help store up water — they are changing lives. Many come to access that water.”

Many members of the Maasai tribe in Kenya rely solely on cattle for food. However, because of very little rainfall, they have to keep their herd sizes small. Thankfully, the quality of the herds’ health is improving through rain collection. Of course, the land is benefiting, too.

“There used to be no grass, no weeds even. And two and a half years later, the ground cover has increased significantly because of the water. Now it’s bushy!” Bryan said. “We are seeing the land restored.”

Like water, hope changes shape from time to time. Both are vital. For people affected by the water crises in Kenya, hope comes in the form of a sustainable water source and is provided as a direct result of support from people like you.

Convoy of Hope will continue to provide help and hope to people in need. To join us in our mission, click here.

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Clean Water Changes Lives: Pastor Rallies Congregation to Support Convoy of Hope

In 2008, after a visit to Convoy of Hope’s World Distribution Center, Pastor Mike Burnette of LifePoint Church felt prompted to be a part of the solution for people in need. His passion caught on, and eventually, hundreds of his congregants in Clarksville, Tennessee, wanted to give money to buy filtration systems for people in need of clean drinking water.

After partnering with Convoy of Hope, LifePoint Church raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring clean drinking water to people nationwide and abroad. This small sacrifice is paying big dividends personally, and for the masses.

“I feel like one of my jobs is to put vision in front of our congregation,” said Pastor Mike Burnette.

 

A water filtration station is set up in the church’s atrium to demonstrate to everyone walking by how the system works.

“It’s a great need in our world,” he said. “Ron [from Convoy of Hope] told me that it’s $25 to provide a water filter for a family, and it could change their health and their life forever. I thought, that is one of the most practical, tangible ways we could jump into the mission of God and make a difference.”

Pastor Mike challenged his congregation to forfeit either fast food or drinks for 21 days and use that money to pay it forward. Not only did this change the lives of people in need of clean water, but it also changed the lives of those with plenty.

“We had a business owner. He had seen his money going to other things … but through this giving initiative, all of a sudden he saw not only his own finances, but his business as an avenue through which they could give generously,” Burnette said.

This business owner maintains 18 oil change centers. He reached out to each of the branches within the company and decided to create a goal of $25,000 — equal to 1,000 water filters. His overall aim is to write a check for $100,000 out of his company.

“It’s the first time he’s ever done anything like that where he didn’t see his money as a revenue stream just to bless him,” Pastor Mike said. “He sees it as an opportunity to engage all of his staff, all of his team members, and his company as an opportunity to make a difference.”

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