Oloile Secondary School

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Deep Wells - Kenya

Latitude -2.82
Longitude 37.52

500 Served

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Changing Lives – One Girl at a Time

“I know we have a girl at our school whose parents live too far away for
her to walk. So, her dad made arrangements for her to live with her uncle,
who lives closer to the school.

Because she is not the daughter of this
uncle, she is treated not so much as family but as a servant.

must wake early in the morning and among other chores, must walk a far
distance to get water for everyone.  Only then can she can finally go to

After school is over she must again go fetch water for
her uncle’s family, cook, and help with the smaller kids.  She can’t
finally start on her schoolwork until around 9:00pm – but of course, there is no
electricity.  She had to ask a teacher at school for money to buy a
small lantern so she can do her homework alone at night. 

This new well at our school will mean she can simply bring water back to her
uncle’s straight from school and will save her about two hours of
fetching water every night.  The well at this school has already had a
huge impact.  It is hard for us to imagine.

This is just one of
countless stories of how this water will have a real impact on real
people’s lives.”

– Jeff Spainhour, Director, Staff of Hope

The full well completion report can be found here: Oloile Well Report

How it Happened

About a year ago, three people stepped up to change lives.  The first two helped fund the actual drilling of this very deep borehole in Southern Kenya.  The cost was high, as was the risk, but they agreed to be a part of this very special water project with us.  Within a year, we had great news to share.  Water!  Lots and lots of it… But, it was very, very deep.  The hand pump they tried to install just couldn’t manage the weight.  And that’s when one student, and a school helped change another school forever.

A 4th-grader (at the time), Nate Roberts, stepped to line, took a shot at raising funds and helped bring this life giving water to the surface.  Nate raised $14,000 with his school and friends and paid for the deep well pump and water tanks needed to make this system work.  His parents note that he simply came home one day and let them know what he was up to!

Through the process, he’s changed the lives of his schoolmates and his community.  And together the supporters of the new well in Oloile have changed the lives of hundreds of students and friends just like them, half a world away.

“I cannot believe we have water at Oloile – Wow” – Schoolmaster, Oloile Secondary School

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Project Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kimana, Kenya
ProjectID: 424
Install Date:  09/14/2010


1 individual donors
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church
Nathan B. Roberts

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Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Staff of Hope's mission is to share hope by demonstrating God's love
through partnerships with communities of East Africa, empowering them to
meet their own spiritual, physical, educational and economic needs.

Since Staff of Hope was founded, a hand full of people have grown in
vision, uniting scores of churches, corporations, government officials
and others throughout the US and east Africa.  SOH has partnered to
drill fresh water wells bringing water to thousands.

Staff of Hope is different than other organizations because their
primary focus is on relationships.  They work side by side, sweating
together, not just to put up new buildings, but to cultivate neighbors,
people who really know and care for each other.  Their teams eat at the
homes of their friends in east Africa, not as guests but truly as
family. This is not just a project to us - we are neighbors - family.