The Road to Parikati: A Water Project in Kenya
The Road to Parikati
Finding water|Challenging conditions|A tough journey
When International Medical Corps sent Jackson Musomba to Parikati in Northern Kenya to build a safe water supply for a local school, he knew it would be a challenge.
Because of these dry conditions, finding a water source is difficult, which is why Jackson and his team were needed to install a rainwater-harvesting roof structure at the school.
A warm welcome
After discussing and agreeing on the roles and responsibilities of the community to build and maintain the water source, they were treated to tea and chapatti from a local makeshift restaurant. The construction could now begin.
Less than a week later, the installation had not only been completed, it had also rained on the previous day. The water tank was full and the pupils were very happy. “It is a blessing from God,” said an elder.
Jackson was uncertain whether he was referring to the rain or the project, or maybe it was both.