Wednesday February 13, 2019
Maji ni uhai…maji ni baraka.
Water is life…Water is a blessing. These two phrases are central to the thoughts of Kenyans. Because many of them are subsistence farmers, a drought, lack of rain, would mean their fields would not produce; they would face severe food shortages in a matter of months.
In these days in the Kisii Highlands of Western Kenya, we are still in the dry season waiting for the rains to begin. The hope is that they will begin in the next couple of weeks. A common sight is people hauling water gathered from trickling streams or artesian wells—adults will carry a bucket of 20 liters two or three kilometers (one way). This intensive work continues every day as water is needed for cooking, drinking, washing, and bathing. I frequently see people hauling their laundry to the river for washing.
At the Mission House, I am fortunate to have an adequate supply of water. We have a 49,000 liter cistern that collects water from the roof of the house when it rains. Also, there is a 10,000 liter holding tank that is filled with water from the cistern and water from a borehole (a well). This water supplies all the needs of the house. For drinking and cooking the water is purified with by a filtration system, and a filter from Water with Blessings is also used.
For those who like math problems: how much rain will it take to fill the 49,000 liter cistern? Here are the dimensions: the back side of the house has 13.7 meters of eave troughs, and the front side of the house has 6.4 meters of eaves. From the edge of the eave to the top of the roof is 4 meters. Let me know when you have the answer. Remember in Kenya rain is measured in millimeters.
I am mindful of the blessing of water, and the life that water gives… I am grateful to have an adequate supply of water.