Nearly one-third of all Kenyans lack access to safe water sources — but today, the situation for 67,177 people has changed drastically, thanks to the clean water systems you funded.
Your generosity helped achieve the goal of raising $840,000, and after many painful years of battling drought and waterborne diseases, families in 10 communities finally have access to clean, abundant water. Keep reading to see how your support empowered Cross Catholic Outreach and Father Fabian Hevi, a long-standing ministry partner, to meet urgent water needs in the Archdiocese of Mombasa and Diocese of Machakos in southern Kenya.
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. Fr. Fabian founds Good Samaritan Water Sanitation Services to continue work in other regions of Kenya.
Good Samaritan Water Sanitation Services starts working in the Archdiocese of Mombasa and Diocese of Machakos in southern Kenya.
The ministry completes six water systems to serve 50,724 people in southern Kenya. You join us to provide clean water for 10 more communities.
The systems you funded are complete, bringing clean water to 67,177 people. To date, we have helped Fr. Fabian provide water for 43 Kenyan communities, blessing 200,901 lives in total.
For years, women like Joyce Shuaka and Grace Kamene have risked their lives, traversing long and treacherous miles to collect water. Your generous compassion has brought hope and new life to their families.
Joyce could not hide her joy as she spoke with Fr. Fabian outside the new water kiosk in Orkung’u.
Joyce’s Newfound Joy
Joyce Shuaka, a hardworking mother of four, used to collect water from Lake Jipe each day — a journey of more than 12 miles. This lake is heavily polluted, and Joyce’s neighbors would frequently contracted bilharzia and other diseases from drinking its water.
Joyce prayed regularly for an end to her community’s water troubles, and God has worked through you to answer those prayers! Now she simply walks to the water kiosk in Orkung’u and gathers her fill of crystal-clear water. “Water is important. Without water there is nothing we can do, so water is life for us,” Joyce said. “Thank you!”
A Grandmother Gives Thanks
Grace Kameme, 60, lives with her daughter-in-law and six grandchildren in Tawa, Kenya. As her family’s primary provider, she farms and weaves baskets to put food on the table. However, water collection has monopolized most of her time. She has lost valuable hours from her workday and missed out on more meaningful activities for her family.
Thanks to you, however, these painful sacrifices are no longer necessary! Now that they have an abundant source of clean water, Grace’s family is able to attend daily Mass at the local parish. She has ample time for work, and her grandchildren arrive at school on time instead of helping collect water. “We are very happy, and we are seeing a lot of changes in our lives,” Grace said. “We thank God for this support!”
Thanks to the new water system in Mokine, Grace has time to work, attend Mass and get her grandchildren ready for school.
By supporting Water for Life, you have installed clean water systems and blessed many thousands of lives. This campaign is providing a sustainable solution to the water crisis in Kenyan communities — while also providing a tangible reminder of the Living Water that is available to us in Christ!
The Society of African Missionaries first sent Father Fabian to Kenya in 2002, and it was there that he discovered one of his life’s greatest callings: bringing water to needy villagers.
Founded by Fr. Fabian and centered on the teachings of Christ, Good Samaritan Water Sanitation Services has a proven track record of bringing clean water to communities in need.
Improved health, school attendance, agriculture, building projects and spiritual hope all flow from access to clean water.
Over the course of six years, Fr. Fabian collaborated with Cross Catholic Outreach to complete water relief projects for 83,000 people in 27 communities throughout the northwestern Diocese of Lodwar.
In 2018, he launched his nonprofit, Good Samaritan Water Sanitation Services, so that he could share the same blessing in any diocese that had a need.
With funding from donors like you, the organization has brought clean water, proper sanitation and hygiene education to a total of 117,901 people in 16 communities in the Archdiocese of Mombasa and Diocese of Machakos. Its methods have proven to provide sustainable water solutions, as well as follow-up training that improves community health and helps people transform their lives.
Right now, families’ lives are consumed with the constant search for water and the consequences of drinking from contaminated sources. By giving them a reliable water supply, we can give them their time back and foster holistic transformation in their villages. Water changes everything.
Clean water systems protect families against waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and bilharzia.
Children no longer miss school to search for water, and with improved health, they are better able to focus on their studies.
With clean water for their crops and livestock, farming families can improve their food security.
Construction projects, such as repairing crumbling homes, become possible once communities have water for cement-making, etc.
Families have more time to participate in parish activities, and their faith is refreshed by God’s answer to their prayers for water.
There are several important steps taken to guarantee the quality and longevity of the water systems. Drilled deep into the earth (to around 200 meters), the boreholes reach into the clean, abundant water table. Such measures ensure that the water systems will endure through seasons of drought and bless their communities for generations to come.
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When you include Cross Catholic Outreach as a beneficiary in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy you will make a difference for poor communities by meeting both material and spiritual needs for generations to come.
Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2022, 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.