A sponsored Well–Push in Lisburn on Saturday January 15, raised £1,342 for the St Paul’s Parish Kenya Water Pump Project.
The project is based at the Oloosuyian Maasai Girls School in Kajiado, Kenya, and the new pump will provide clean water for more than 200 families in what is a very fertile part of the country.
The water will be used for agriculture, and for washing as well as the reduction of the spread of disease through the provision of a safe dependable supply of drinking water.
The resource will also complement the nearest pump which is some 30 miles away, and the various water projects in operation throughout the diocese of Kajiado, a diocese with which St Paul’s, Lisburn, enjoys a vibrant partnership.
The importance of water within Kenya, was witnessed at first hand by 25 parishioners from St Paul’s who visited the country in 2009 at a time when Kenya was experiencing a severe drought.
Well–push organiser Chris Orr, who has himself visited Kenya, was overjoyed at the response.
The construction of the pump means that a pump house will also be built to protect the pump itself, using funds raised in
memory of the late Mabel Jamison, whose son Mark helped Chris on the day.
Special thanks to the shop owners in Longstone Street and Chapel Hill who supported this effort, all the members of the general public who encouraged and supported along the way, and the team of St Paul’s parishioners who braved the cold weather in aid of such a worthy cause.