Kenyan Field Directors

Mark & Lisa Hauger with their children

 
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In this hard world with continual crisis, it's human nature to try resolve problems by bringing quick solutions. Crisis resolution becomes our focus, and we create projects that look good on paper and sound better in academic discussions. 

From our time serving here in Kenya, we found there is no easy or simple solution.  Working "among the least," we assume strategies  will produce mass effectiveness, productivity and gratefulness.  This was wrong!  Poor people, just like everyone else, are prone to greed, misuse, and haunting demons from the past that cloud judgement. 

We may be a small organization, but in some ways that's good. We can know the people we work with and tailor "projects" to truly help and not pass them by. This relational approach makes us understand each other's character, our strengths and weaknesses. We realize goals can be reached by uniting in purpose, prayer and practice.

Projects have their place IF they truly serve people and not the other way around.

Water

Just turn on the tap and bingo – fresh water, the kind that drips cold from the glass and drains in one long swig, a drop trickles down your chin. Or that chilled bottle, plucked from the cooler at a sporting event on a hot afternoon; frosty condensation moistens your palm while soothing wet fills your mouth. Slug it down. Yeah. Water.  Most of us might pay dearly for it, but its available, easily accessible and clean – very clean.

So, you might ask – “What about water?”

 

 

Globally speaking, here are the facts:

  • 70% of the earth is water but less than 1% is drinkable.345 million people are without water access.  
  • 780 million people are without access to potable water. (That’s more than twice the population of USA.) 
  • 3.4 million people die yearly from water borne disease. (That’s about the entire size of Los Angeles.) 
  • Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours. 
  • The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. 
  • An average American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day. 
  • More people have a mobile phone than regular access to safe drinking water. 
  • Women and children use billions of hours collectively hauling water and finding fuel to use for boiling, valuable time that keeps them from school and income-generating work. This daily chore takes them into unsafe environments, making them vulnerable to assault. Even after the water is collected, precious energy is used to try and make it clean – sometimes the dirty water must be consumed as is, resulting in life-threatening diseases.

        (Information collected from WHO, UNICEF, ITU, UNFPA, UNDP.)

 

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A new partnership is beginning between our dear friends in Kisumu and adoptive families in the USA. Stay Tuned.