In a country where natural resources are not readily available, one cannot help but notice how valuable those resources really are. This fall, an American group of Rotarians, Asante Africa Foundation BOD members and others witnessed the sheer joy and happiness of a rural Maasai community as they experienced clean, clear water for the first time, and new, safer classrooms that will transform their children’s learning.
As a joint project between six Rotary Clubs in the USA, two Rotary Clubs in Kenya and Asante Africa Foundation – we had been on a journey spanning two years and $60,000 to bring the community and school of Nchaishi, a water borehole, a pump and two bigger classrooms. Asante Africa Foundation was honored to have witnessed the gratitude and joy of the community.
The elder of the community expressed that he had never envisioned CLEAR water before. He called it a “miracle”, bringing “RAIN from underground” to a community that had struggled for so long and so hard. The women were full of pride and energy as they danced, sang, laughed and hugged everyone. They were ecstatic about not having to walk 20 km for dirty lake water any more. The men were excited because they would not have to constantly relocate their animals to chase the rain. The headmaster of Nchaishi Primary School was elated because they would now have water for meals, drinking and hand washing. The typically reserved headmaster could not contain his joy and hugged everyone. A ceremony followed with the Wazee (medicine man) blessing the borehole and the water with prayers and holy water so it will always be plentiful and of high quality.