Water, Wells, Food and Feeding

It costs around 350 GBP to dig a well by hand to a depth of 50 ft. Depending on the depth of the well a further 450 GBP will usually buy a handpump together with pipes and joints. Roughly 150 GBP will pay for the installation and topping-off with concrete of a finished well.

It’s a major undertaking, but since 2004 Kindfund have done this seven times. We have also repaired other handpumps, fixed windmills and mended generators which drive electric pumps. At Ndikir we installed a deep-well handpump at a total cost close to 4000 GBP, which included cleaning out an existing borehole to a depth of 180 ft.

In this way Kindfund have helped to secure water supplies at four locations in the Ngaremara area, including (in 2010) at the local secondary school, and at other sites in the Rendille villages of Losidan, Sokoteey and Ndikir.

In 2016 we developed our Children’s Home and Primary school at Ndikir. Initially we are purchasing water from 50kms away by bowser. In the medium term we would like to put down a dedicated bore hole with a solar pumping system, for the use of the home and school, to deliver water. We are interested in co-operating with another charity to achieve this aim. In 2023 we continue to purchase water for the home and school at Ndikir on a 6 week cycle.

This year, in response to a growing need in the village and at the request of the elders, we have added 15 of the poorest small children from the local village who had not been attending school to our nursery school to ensure they are fed and removed from the threat of malnourishment.

Food and Feeding

Adequate food for small children has always been a priority for Kindfund since we started our first nursery schools in the Ngaremara area in 2004. This manifested in providing morning porridge for children on arrival and a full hot meal at lunchtime. “ A full tummy helps concentration and learning, as well as health.” We have of course developed substantially since that and the children in our homes dine on a varied and nourishing diet

More recently in the 5 years of the current drought in the Horn of Africa we continually asked is there more that we can do to help communities in great need. In 2021 a way was opened to enable us to respond to help a few in one village. The previous year we had reconnected with a friend, Fred from Western Kenya who, with his wife, Emily and children were working in the pastoralist North West and we supported them to relocate to the village of Dabel (a center for the Sakuye tribe – one of the most neglected peoples in Kenya). A journey of approximately 600kms from Ngaremara, beyond Moyale the main town on the border with Ethiopia.

During 2021 our contacts moved forward and Fred joined us in Isiolo in September of that year to challenge us at our annual management meeting.
A suggestion to help was put to him to seek the support of the local elders and the result was the beginning of a relationship cemented the following month when Ken visited the village to meet a selection of the elders.

The result was the establishment of a programme providing morning porridge, and a hot meal for 35 of the poorest children more recently in 2022 expanded to 50 children and in 2023 the addition of a mid morning break of ugi porridge made from a mixture of nourishing cereals.

A further development in 2022 was our ability to take 2 of these children to hospital for the treatment of congenital health issues. In one case written about in our news section a trip to a hospital near Meru(650 kms away) with mother and uncle was required along with a two week stay.

We are thankful to all our sponsors and supporters who join with us to make this possible

Kindfund was established as a charity in 2004 to further the gospel of Jesus Christ and to help relieve poverty amongst some of the poorest tribes in northern Kenya, working with the pastoralist Turkana, Samburu and Rendille.

We currently use 5 tonnes of food and supplies per month, providing for 125 children in 4 homes and 250 children in nursery and primary education.

We have dug 7 wells and fitted 7 handpumps, bringing safe water to remote villages.

100% of gifts go to Kenya.

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