Thank you from Kitui: “God knows that you have helped us”

As our Hands On Kitui journey comes to an end, three people who have worked on the project share their thanks. George Wambugu, CAFOD’s water specialist, worked on the water project right from the beginning during the planning stages.

George Wambugu, CAFOD's water specialist
George Wambugu, CAFOD’s water specialist

As a water expert, I know how vital it is to have access to water all year round – vital for the health and wellbeing not only of the people, but of the animals and plants. So I am immensely excited to be able to tell you that, after two years of hard work, the community in Kitui now have reliable access to clean water.

Looking to the coming years, I know that the great dam and the wells are going to provide water for the whole community, even in the dry seasons.

Thank you so much for all your donations, prayers and love over the past two years. We couldn’t have achieved this without you.

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Sabeth Kitonyo, Kitui resident, worked on the project over the two years – learning about new farming techniques and crushing rocks to build the sand dams.

Sabeth and her friends working on CAFOD's Hands On project
Sabeth Kitonyo and her friends

There has been a lot of change in the spirit around here since the project began, and in particular there is now a lot of love. We help each other out – we’ll give money if someone is sick or needs school fees. It makes me happy when we work together. Before, we never knew one another, but now there is love in all corners of Kitui.

Before, some of us could not get up early in the morning, but now we have a purpose. We have been brought to a new world. Many, many thank yous. God knows that you have helped us.

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Mike Musyimi, Project Officer for CAFOD’s local partner Caritas Kitui, will continue to work with the community to ensure the ongoing success of the project.

Mike from Caritas Kitui worked on CAFOD's Hands On project
Mike Musyimi from Caritas Kitui

Every day when I wake up, I look forward to working with this community. They are friendly people and they are very jovial. You will often find them singing and joking with each other as they work.

I can see a bright future for the community in Kitui. Now that the dam is complete, they will have enough water to do lots of things they haven’t been able to do over the past few years. For example, they will be able to grow a lot of vegetables here. They are hardworking farmers and I believe people will come from far and wide to buy these fresh vegetables.

The community in Kitui have an eye for the future and it’s very exciting to see their commitment paying off, as their hopes begin to be realised.

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