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Memorandum of Understanding: Water and the Word

Water4 builds low-cost wells to provide a long term answer to cycles of poverty around the world.

Water4 builds low-cost wells to provide a long-term answer to cycles of poverty around the world.

The issue of water scarcity lies in the lack of sufficient, long-lasting implementation of water acquisition rather than the availability of water itself. Most rural, urban, industrial and irrigation water comes from the earth’s readily accessible freshwater via drilling into the water table. In Kenya, it was reported that 43 percent of rural and 24 percent of urban households stated that they relied on a spring, well, or borehole as their main source of water. However, despite its importance, the value of groundwater is not appreciated.

A SJM partner in Kenya that will enter into an apprenticeship with Water4.

Our partner in Kenya will enter into an apprenticeship with Water4.

Water4 in Oklahoma City is committed to revealing a sustainable solution that gives communities reliable access to clean water and puts them on a path toward self-sufficiency.

Just this month, ICM committed to supporting half of Water4’s 10-well project proposed in Kenya. Springing out of this investment will come five times more water wells than could traditionally be built in the past.

They will work with one of our partners in Kenya, who is based in Katali. The partner will be an apprentice in their well-building program and learn how Water4 builds wells manually–meaning no imported machinery will be required in the future. By doing so, Kenyans can use local materials, furthering their local economy. Apprentices in the program will gain knowledge on not only on how to dig wells and find the water table, but to maintain those wells.

And, as people are drawn to these water points, MBC will be made available to them in their own language! We can’t wait to see what God will do with this new partnership!

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