Bridging the Gap: Our Meetings in Kenya
Alex Lubwa has always wanted to fly in a plane and travel to someplace he’s never been. Nancy Masista wanted to be able to earn a living as a single mom that could provide for her children and their educations. Margaret Wafula, who described her previous self as a “very naïve” person who sat quietly lest she be laughed at, was looking for her voice.
These are the dreams that are part of the lives of our friends and partners in Kakamega, Kenya. And their stories, while local, are also universal.
Since we first met Ms. Wafula in 2020, Margaret has found her voice. As Secretary of the Matsakha Development Group (MDG), Margaret is now a community leader with responsibilities for overseeing the production of Rainwater Catchment Tanks, entering into agreements with local schools, and representing MDG and Friendly Water to the public. She has also been given responsibilities at her church. She credits her confidence to the regular meetings she has with Heather Avery, the Finance & Administrative Manager of Friendly Water.
Meanwhile, Ms. Masista, Secretary for the Kambiri Community Development Group (KCDG), not only keeps the records for KCDG, she has also used her salary to hire an employee and open a kiosk selling mandazi (puffy fried bread). Nancy has been able to enroll her children in a “very nice academy”. “Thank you very much Friendly Water for trusting me…as I have seen myself grow from one level unto the next.”