Water Mission

A very successful story

My name is Joseph Oloimooja but people baptized me a lot of names; names like Father Joe, Chaplain Joe, Pastor Joe and many more.  I am a native of Kenya who has been an employee of KP for 11 years. My village in Kenya has one major dire need, water. My village has 2,000 people and nearly 1 out of 5 deaths under the age of 5 is due to a water-related diseases.

Before

After

I immigrated to America from Kenya 15 years ago and found lots of opportunities for me and my family but was never able to forget the need of my people back in the village. I couldn’t just ignore the cry of my fellow villagers when they kept calling me for help. I learned a lot from KP on the importance of giving back to my community.  I took it to the street, wrote a book and donated 100% of the proceeds to build a well of clean water for my village and have saved a lot of lives. I learned a lot from this experience and I am inspired more than ever before to put efforts together to go back again in the near future and build a clinic to save many more lives that are being lost due to treatable diseases like Malaria, Typhoid, Cholera and a myriad of waterborne diseases. 

Water Well

2011-2015; 720 feet clean water well borehole Successful Project Completed. Over 4,800 were affected including neighboring villages! 

After six years of asking questions about these deaths of my village members I found out that the problem was water related. My villagers were drinking dirty water from waterholes. I committed myself to solve this problem. In 2009 I wrote a book titled Angels walk among us – sharing a personal story of my life about growing up in the villages of Africa to living and serving God and people in Los Angeles. After 22 publishers turned me down because I am not famous, I decided to self-publish to raise money to help my village.  On December 2011 I self-published Angels walk among us and began selling books in the back of my truck on the weekends to raise funds to dig a water well for my village. Later on it saved the lives of this vulnerable population. It took me five years but I finally raised enough money from my book sales to drill a 720 feet deep water well powered by a solar pump system. Once they began drinking that clean water the death rate of my village reduced dramatically. Since July of 2015 they haven’t reported any deaths, and it is due to this clean water they are now drinking.

Good health begins with access to clean water.

Did you know that half of the world's hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water related disease? In developing countries, about 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide are due to a water-related disease. Clean and safe water is essential to healthy living.  Tiny worms and bacteria live in water naturally. Most of the bacteria are pretty harmless. But some of them can cause devastating disease in humans. And since they can't be seen, they can't be avoided. Every glass of dirty water is a potential killer. Most of these waterborne diseases aren't found in developed countries because of the sophisticated water systems that filter and chlorinate water to eliminate all disease carrying organisms. But typhoid fever, cholera and many other diseases still run rampant in the developing parts of the world and Eluanata village in particular has suffered a lot.

Water and Young Children

Infants and young children are especially susceptible to diseases because their immune systems are experiencing everything for the first time. Even in developed countries, lots of moms boil water before giving it to their children - just to be doubly safe. In poor countries, the fuel for the fire can be so expensive that mothers can't afford to boil water and cook food. 

Poor health leads to poor productivity.

The sickness caused by dirty water saps people's energy to do much of anything. If you've ever had food poisoning, you know how horrible it can be. Students who suffer from water borne illness can't stay in class. They miss out on the chance to learn and the cycle of poverty continues. That and when one person is sick, someone else has to take care of them, which means that the second person can't work either. If the sick person needs medicine, that money can't be used for other things, like food or school supplies. Rural dwellers and the urban poor feel the lack of safe water and proper sanitation in the developing world the most. With few medical resources at their disposal, the poor are particularly vulnerable to chronic illnesses that hinder their productivity, making the escape from poverty even more difficult.

Education and Water

Education is critical for breaking the cycle of poverty and yet over half of the world's schools lack access to safe water and sanitation facilities. Lack of clean water has serious effects on student's academic performance and attendance rates. The lack of safe water can cause even the best students to lose momentum as they deal with stomach pains and diarrhea from disease and hunger. Students miss class to go fetch water, or to care for sick parents or siblings. In many places HIV/AIDS has already caused a large percentage of children to become orphans, requiring students to drop out and find work to provide food and care for younger siblings. If teachers are sick, classes get cancelled for all students. Schools cannot run programs if they cannot provide water to students, faculty and their families.

Lack of Water = Lack of Equality

For girls, the situation is especially troublesome. If schools do not have proper toilets, girls drop out once they reach puberty. Further, it is typically the responsibility of the women to fetch water thus limiting their access to both education and business opportunities. Think about it: everyday, women and young girls carry more than 40 pounds of dirty water from sources over 4 miles away from their homes. This leaves little time for education which is critical to changing the long term prospects of developing nations. With the many additional burdens that a lack of clean water brings, education simply becomes less of a priority. This sets up an unfortunate cycle of poverty and inequality as without a proper education, there is little chance of improving one's situation later in life. Kindness mission and its founder Father Joseph Oloimooja has just solved that problem in one village in Kenya. Thanks to our partners and friends.  Enjoy the slide show of photos and be a part of this great mission of kindness.

Here in California

We are experiencing a major drought in Southern California, but it’s a minor inconvenience when compared to the diseases and hardships brought about by the shortage of clean drinking water in Eluanata village, Kenya. Even in a drought, southern California have access to safe, potable water to drink, clean, cook, and water our crops. 

Unlike the families in Kenya, we don’t have to be concerned about our young women walking 10 miles round trip through the desert with heavy pots of water balanced on their heads. We don’t share our water with wild animals, or worry about raw sewage and trash contaminating the water supply. We don’t experience the horrors of one of every five of our children under the age of five dying due to water related diseases.

SOLUTION- A 720 FOOT BORE HOLE

Eluanata village sits on the border of Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa in a dry, remote area. Because there is a lack of clean water in Africa, Waterborne diseases are a primary cause of preventable illnesses and premature deaths, with children being particularly vulnerable. 

Water-borne diarrheal diseases are a serious health concern. They can lead to decreased food intake and nutrient absorption, malnutrition, reduced resistance to infection, and impaired physical growth and cognitive development. Factors contributing to this high rate of diarrheal disease incidence include poor sanitation, poor hand hygiene, contaminated water, and lack of sufficient household water. The dirty, nonpotable water was literally killing the children of Eluanata.

A very successful story

Kindness Mission founder Oloimooja immigrated to the United States 15 years ago, but he was never able to forget his people back in the village. He committed to solving this problem head on by commissioning a well for the village. He raised money by writing, self- publishing and selling his autobiography, “Angles Walk Among Us”. Oloimooja sold copies of his book from the back of his truck on weekends for three and half years to raise enough money to build this well.

After five years, Oloimooja’s book raised enough money to drill a 720-Foot borehole operated by a solar power system. Water Engineers and specialist in Nairobi estimate that this well will service Eluanata community with clean water for 100 years with regular, proper maintenance.

Once the community of Eluanata began drinking this clean water from their well, the death rate was reduced dramatically. As of July 2015, not even one death due to drinking contaminated water has been reported. Additionally, more than 4,800 people were positively affected, including those from other neighboring villages. The local water is now the main source of cultivation of vegetable crops. It is also providing a source of revenue that is being used to increase the quality of life in the village, including education, medical care, and healthy eating.

Sustainability of the water well

We believe if the community feels a strong sense of ownership, they'll see their well as a critical asset to everyone and take good care of it collectively.  An 8 person team of both men and women has been elected by Eluanata villagers to manage the water resource. Sometimes the first public voice the women of a community ever have, comes from an individual woman who is part of a water committee. To help us keep this well for 100 years click here.