In the Clear: The Value of Clean Water

Did you know that 783 million people do not have access to clean water? That figure, given from the UN, is a sad reality for many on our planet, but a problem that Kitechild is addressing and has already helped hundreds of children have access to life-sustaining water.

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Our clean water project in Kenya has provided clean water to over 200 children and the staff of the Fiwagoh Mission Home, located on the outskirts of Lake Naivasha. We installed 5 Lifestraw Community Filters at the home, which allowed them access to their own water. Since these children have had access to clean water, the number of waterborne illness has decreased and as a result, they have missed fewer days from school. Being able to succeed in the classroom is important for all children, but especially those in impoverished circumstances. Education is the key to more opportunities, to brighter futures and to empowerment.

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The home can now save $2,400 USD per year, since they are no longer purchasing their own water supply. As a result, they have re-allocated these funds towards the salary of an additional caregiver. Our field liaison has kept us informed on the new caregiver, saying: “The savings from the process of purifying water through boiling or buying have been used to hire an extra caretaker called Beatrice Wanjiku. She previously worked on casual basis but now has been hired on permanent basis.” This is especially important for the home, as it is understaffed, and children thrive when given more adults, who can care and supervise them.

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Like all projects, there are challenges that come up that need to be addressed. In this case, the well at the home was contaminated, which the home was able to fix through the use of the water filters. We’ve known the struggles, and also success, of partnering with this home, as we also have a greenhouse project, which provides the children with fresh produce and helps funds their education. Water, food and schooling are important human rights every child should have access to, and thanks to Kitechild supporters, there are now hundreds who do!

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The kids at the Arias Home of Hope in Chennai, India, take their yoga very seriously! Any guesses on what pose they are going for here? We say they are getting ready for a “Virabhadrasana” pose. As part of our Little Lens Tuesdays, all of these photos are taken by the children themselves with a camera we left behind in 2013. The home houses around 30 HIV/AIDS positive children, and yoga is a great way for them to stay healthy and practice mind body balance. We are currently fundraising for a solar project at the home, please check it out on our site [link in bio] Namaste! #yoga #namaste #breathe #pose #healthy #fitness #workout #awareness #children #kids #cute #ohm #yogini #peace #zen #india #happy #getinvolved #giveback #change #impact #ngo #positive #inspire

Motivation Mondays – whether it’s one smile, a $5 bill, or an afternoon of volunteering, nothing is too small! Get involved in any way you can, the world needs you. #giveback #getinvolved #inspire #motivation #change #impact #dogood #bethechange #kindness #smile #volunteer #community #dowhatyoulove #compassion #joy #happy

Mmm mmm milk! Did you know our Dairy Cow project at the Flying Kites Home in Njabini, Kenya, is not only providing milk on a regular basis to the kids, but other yummy, healthy treats such as yogurt? What’s next, ice cream? (We wish!) If you invested in this project, a big thanks from our team and the kids at the home! #milk #vitamind #strongbones #yummy #smiles #kenya #africa #farm #farming #cows #dairy #cute #healthy #health #nutrition #yogurt #icecream #food #foodie #impact #invest #giveback

Is this a zoolander face or what? As part of our “Little Lens” series, we are sharing photos that the children at the Arias Home of Hope take themselves, with a camera we left behind in 2013. Arias is home to 39 children, all HIV/AIDS positive. We are currently fundraising for a solar installation that will end up saving the home enough money to provide eggs and fruits to the children’s diets, crucial additions for their delicate health. Please visit our site to invest in their well being! [link in bio] Our “Little Lens” series will run every Tuesday, and from the pictures we are getting, it seems selfies are pretty popular with kids no matter where in the world! #selfie #zoolander #butfirst #face #cute #india #inspire #getinvolved #giveback #nutrition #health #HIV #AIDS #children #impact #change #photography #toocute #littlelens

#TBT to one of our very first projects, a pig farm at the A Better World Children’s Home in Cameroon. Since then we’ve done everything from solar panels, chicken coops, fish farms, and clean water projects, in 6 other countries, all designed to sustainably improve the quality of life for children living in orphanages. We can’t wait to share what we have planned for this year! #throwback #backintheday #cameroon #farming #sustainable #eco #giveback #africa #kids #pig #babes #inspire #change #impact

Motivation Mondays – don’t give up on the world, the world needs you! #motivation #mondays #inspire #bethechange #impact #love #kindness #giveback #help #create #believe #getinvolved

Help us raise the other half of our goal for the solar panel installation in the Arias Home of Hope! This orphanage is a safe and loving environment for 39 children who were born with HIV/AIDS, providing them with the medical attention they so desperately need. Because the virus is so highly stigmatized in India, these children were shunned from their families and communities. Our project will help cut the electrical costs for the orphanage, thereby providing additional nutrition essential for the children’s health. Please help us to alleviate the cost for the home and provide a better quality of life for these children! #getinvolved #giveback #makeadifference #socialgood #inspiration #hopeworldwide #india #positivity #sustainable #nutrition #impact #solarpower (at Link in bio. )

Fun Fact Friday! The average Tilapia weighs 5 pounds. Our tilapia from our Aquaponics farm in Honduras grow as big as 6 pounds, enough to feed 12 children! This project is elevating the quality of nutrition for the 21 kids at the home, providing the necessary protein so they can grow healthy. #aquaponics #eco #farm #fresh #healthy #healthyliving #sustainable #impact #honduras #nutrition #protein #foodie

We’ve reached 65% of our goal! Help us to provide better nutrition and computer literacy for the 79 children in the Ashirvad Home. Learn more by visiting our website. #india #sustainable #impact #getinvolved #giveback #educationforall