Drilling a WellWith the help of Meridian readers, we have decided to drill a well on the school grounds in M’bele so that the people can have irrigated gardens. The school has the land. We have already contracted an experienced hydrologist to see if this is possible. It is! This well will be on the school grounds so that every one can access the water and the children can have nutritious food to eat from the school garden and a papaya grove we will plant.The people are committed to working hard and solving their problems, but they need a big boost to unlock their promise. They need water and a steady diet.So, here’s the invitation. We have decided to open this year’s expedition up to our Meridian readers to come to Kenya to bring water and gardens to the village. We have the humanitarian trip half filled so there are only 18 spots open (which will go quickly.) We, Maurine and Scot Proctor, will be on this trip and we’d love to roll up our sleeves and work hard together.The trip will be July 10 – 24 in conjunction with CHOICE Humanitarian. We will spend a week in the village and add a three-day safari on the back end for the adventurous. (And we’re not lion!) You’ll see African wildlife like you’ve only imagined. You’ll spend a couple of nights in Mombasa, staying at a beautiful hotel, where monkeys swing in the trees, that sits on a white sand beach on the Indian Ocean. You’ll visit a center where hundreds of African carvers work magic with wood. In the village, you’ll come to love the children, tour the people’s homes and work hard to bring them water so they can plant gardens.Depending on your flight, you might even stop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or London for a day. Remember: We can only open up 18 places for this life-changing expedition. We ask that only those 15 and above apply.For more information and costs, email Wade Alexander at CHOICE. This is his email: [email protected]
You can also call him at 801-928-8285.The Financial SettingIf you can’t come, would you consider becoming what we’ll call a “Well-wisher.” Water projects are more expensive than school rooms. Last year our little group of 14 (with a lot of help from parents and generous donations from Meridian) raised about $14,000. This year, in order to do this bore hole and put in the gardens and fencing, we need to raise $32,000. We already have $16,500 committed so we must come up with an additional $15,500. You can be one of the Meridian readers who puts this well and gardens in with a donation. Of course these donations are 100% tax deductible.Send your donations to bring water to these beautiful people through a well—which they have not had. You can do more than wish them well (which does not feed the hungry). You can donate to this project by clicking here. https://choicehumanitarian.org/donate/Checks made out to CHOICE Humanitarian may be sent directly to:Attn: Wade AlexanderCHOICE Humanitarian7879 South 1530 West, Suite 200West Jordan, Utah 84088Please make sure when you donate that you note that it is for the “Meridian Kenya Water Project.”Warning: Not only will you love the Africans, your heart will forever be changed for knowing them. You will be wrung out seeing how they live. You will learn new definitions of charity seeing how they give. You will dance and dance with them. You may say hakuna matata to them in your attempts to speak Swahili.Come with us for these last few moments of your reading and experience with photographs that will give you a taste of this never-to-be-forgotten expedition to M’bele, Kenya.