MARCH 19, 2019 – GROWING IN KENYA
Last week was an incredible time in Kenya.
The management team came together to strategise and solve the forseen challenges as we push forward over the next 12 months.
As an organisation that is so lean and widely dispersed geographically, it’s great to get everyone together, build personal relationships, and just get the time to share personal stories and experiences.
With special thanks to our Kenyan Director, Gordon (who knows how to strike a very special deal), we stayed at a beautiful venue in the spectacular Masai Mara and started our days with 6am safari drives before sitting together to brainstorm ideas.
I feel so blessed with the team around me; coming from a lifetime in commercial business, it’s one thing to hire competent people, but it’s quite another to be part of a team of individuals where we connect at a deeper level, sharing our passion for a common cause.
We finished the week with a visit to 3 new Project Maji sites, built by our local partners The Water For Life Trust. These sites were in communities where people walk up to 20km a day to access the nearest water. As tragic as it sounds, the area around Machakos County is extremely arid, where there is not even a dirty water source for people to use. It is as desolate as I have seen in my time in Africa and the water space.
To me, that kind of scarcity is unfathomable. These populations face the same issues that we see around all the geographies we work. Women losing productive time and kids missing out on school, all because of the time spent collecting water. I was horrified to hear that in these communities, the journeys are so long that there is no choice but to walk in the hours of darkness, where cases of assault against women and girls are tragically all too common.
Hearing these stories and knowing that our interventions will see an end to these types of societal injustices remains an unqualified motivator to me. All the hours of hard work and long travel pale into insignificance when I see the joy our water brings to these people so desperately in need.
I’m as driven as ever to continue doing more!