During Br. Paul's visit to Kenya in June 2022, he had the privilege of meeting with Sister Ann Rebeka, one of our OFH Sisters who works with over 200 families of the Maasai tribe in a remote area of the bush territory of Kenya. She and the people whom she Serves have NO ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER. She says they, "literally drink BROWN WATER!"
Sister Ann Rebeka recently wrote me and sent photos of their water situation... "Br. Paul, greetings, hope you are fine. The photos are of our brown water. The dam for our school has dried up completely. This evening I went to fetch water from our neighborhood... The closest water is miles and miles away from the school. Animals use the same water we use."
The Maasai families have no access to water filtration or water cisterns to collect water from the roof when it rains. There is also no food security because of the drought, so the Sisters feed the children "white porridge with no sugar" and "beans and maize for lunch and supper because that's what we can afford." You'll notice they serve the food out of a 5 gallon bucket because that's what they have access to.
If you haven't been to Africa, you really have no frame of reference... Many, MANY people do not have what we consider to be basic necessities such as clean water, running water, flushing toilets, showers, electricity, refrigeration, stoves, ovens... on and on.
Let's start with CLEAN WATER and FOOD!!!
The situation is DIRE for the families that Sister works with, so your financial support is CRITICAL to help bring needed water filtration and water cisterns to the families in her area, and food for her students at her boarding school.
The Order of Franciscan Hermits, a 501(c)(3), has an immediate goal to raise funds to help provide 200 families with water filters so they don't have to drink "brown water" which will eliminate/reduce water borne illnesses. We would then work to install water cisterns to collect water from the roofs at the school and other structures where feasible. Once the water situation is remedied, we would then like to provide solar lighting to the families of the students because Sister says that, "the priority of the Maasai are raising their cattle and see little to no value in education." Her students must work with the cattle first which leaves little time to study during the daylight. Having solar lights in their homes will allow the children to study at night.
Our Clean Water, Food Security and Solar Initiatives are not possible to complete without your Support. We THANK YOU for your help in Advance!
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Order of Franciscan Hermits
310 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92078
Thank You for your Generosity 🙏❤️