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Cynthia rises early to fetch dirty water every day before school.

Help Solve the Water Crisis in Southern Kenya

With recent weather conditions in Kenya swinging between drought and downpours, life has become incredibly challenging for families living in the country’s remote villages. Those households depend on shallow hand-dug wells and other open water sources, which create hardships in both cases. While dry periods bring water shortages and dehydration, heavy rains present another kind of threat — they increase water contamination and spread diseases.

Fortunately, there is a solution — deep, professionally installed water systems capable of providing an abundant source of safe water no matter what the weather brings.

Father Fabian Hevi’s Good Samaritan Water and Sanitation Services has successfully provided these modern water systems to needy communities in southern Kenya, but he needs our support to continue that life-transforming mission of mercy and bless other families with this urgent need. Your gift will help his team install 15 new community water systems, blessing 189,960 people with clean, abundant drinking water!

Join us in manifesting Christ’s mercy in southern Kenya by helping raise the $1,350,029 needed to quench thirst and prevent waterborne illnesses.

Kenya's Water Crisis

While our local ministry partner has made a lot of progress in his effort to provide safe water for families in need, many Kenyan households and villages are still struggling to find clean drinking water. The water many must rely on is contaminated, threatening their health and jeopardizing their efforts to escape the snares of poverty. As recent data indicates:

  • About 42% of Kenya’s population lacks sanitary bathroom facilities, resulting in contamination of the water supply.
  • About 28% of the entire country lacks access to safe, reliable water sources.
  • About 37% of rural Kenyans do not have clean water.

Source: CIA World Factbook

This year, we need your help to give remote communities the solution they’ve been praying for.

Our Local Partner

Born in the West African country of Ghana, Father Fabian Hevi, S.M.A., has played an instrumental role in Catholic outreaches to help the poor in northern and southern Kenya. Since 2013, his primary focus as a Society of African Missions priest has been providing safe, abundant water to families that have long suffered from using contaminated sources. In 2018, Fr. Fabian founded Good Samaritan Water Sanitation Services, focusing his attention on a dry 275-mile stretch of land in southern Kenya. Since then, his nonprofit has installed 54 wells in the Archdiocese of Mombasa and the Diocese of Machakos, providing 557,300 people with safe water.

Transforming Communities Through Clean Water

Cross Catholic Outreach and Fr. Fabian are working toward the day when no children will risk their health or safety to quench their thirst. For six years, our water projects contributed to rapid transformation in the Diocese of Lodwar. Today, we are working on a long-term campaign to share that same blessing with the Archdiocese of Mombasa and the Diocese of Machakos in southern Kenya.

2013

Cross Catholic Outreach begins working with Fr. Fabian to provide clean water for the Turkana in Lodwar, Kenya.

27 communities and 83,000 Turkana people have been blessed in Lodwar.
2018

27 communities and 83,000 Turkana people are blessed in Lodwar. Fr. Fabian founds Good Samaritan Water Sanitation Services to continue work in other regions of Kenya.

2019

Good Samaritan Water Sanitation Services starts working in the Archdiocese of Mombasa and the Diocese of Machakos in southern Kenya.

The ministry completes six water systems to serve 50,724 people in southern Kenya.
2020

The ministry completes six water systems to serve 50,724 people in southern Kenya. Cross Catholic donors provide clean water for 10 more communities.

To date, we have helped Fr. Fabian provide water for 43 Kenyan communities
2023

To date, Cross Catholic donors have helped install 54 water systems in southern Kenya, blessing 557,300 people with clean water.

Clean Water for a Healthier Future

With your help, 15 more villages will escape the vicious cycle of thirst and waterborne illness. God will be glorified as his people come together to manifest divine mercy by providing:

Clean Water

15 solar-powered water systems with elevated storage tanks and secure distribution kiosks.

Training

Water, sanitation and hygiene training to preserve the new systems and benefit local health.

Hope

Empowerment to irrigate crops, maintain clean homes, pursue economic and educational goals, and attend religious activities.

With your help, Kenyans who have struggled their whole lives to get water will at last have easy access to clean, abundant water!

Mary’s Plea

“My name is Mary Wamboa [right]. I attend primary school. I’m 13 years old. My parents are Theresa and Bachi Wamboa. So, before going to school, we first come to fetch water. But when we drink the water, we become sick and we do not do well at school. We want you to help us with clean and safe water because this water makes us sick. Thank you.”

Two girls holding jerricans stand near a muddy open water source.
Mary's water source puts her at risk of illness.

Save Their Future

To quench thirst is to exercise one of the Corporal Works of Mercy, inspired by the words of Christ in Matthew 10:42, “Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple — truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” Today, we invite you to join us in manifesting mercy in one remote corner of our contemporary world — a place where communities’ futures are at stake because of the water crisis. Please answer their need for clean, refreshing water!

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2024, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.