Thank You Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church from Friendly Water and all the Children at St. Tabitha Orphanage & Academy!
This past summer, Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (PRLC) in Seattle, Washington, USA provided a generous donation to build a rainwater catchment tank at St. Tabitha Orphanage & Academy. St Tabitha’s is an institution that started in the slums of Kibera in Nairobi in 2016. Now relocated to Malava, Kenya in Kakamega county, the school still serves orphans from the Kibera slums, as well as rescuing young girls in West Pokot from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and forceful, early marriages. In its new location, St. Tabitha’s has also begun to accept students from the local area to the Academy.
The children at St. Tabitha’s now have a reliable and safe source of water. Girls are no longer sent (often long distances) during the school day to retrieve contaminated surface water from the nearest river. In addition to providing water security, this project has led to improved social well-being and personal safety for these young girls.
Water Catchment Tanks
PRLC is no stranger to water catchment tanks. At their church’s Seattle property, PRLC is addressing a situation of TOO MUCH water. They have installed 12 cisterns and a rain garden to slow the flow of their heavy rain water into local waterways.
Friendly Water is thrilled to have collaborations with partners such as PRLC both in the US and internationally to address the challenges around this essential resource. Water is life!