Conclusion of Mwiruti Water Spring Project – Kenya

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Brian Shultzabarger. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to construct a centralized water spring for the 4 rural villages of the Mwiruti community.

Brian reports:

I just wanted to inform you that the Mwiruti Water Spring project has been successfully completed. Construction went very smoothly and took only 6 days to complete. We had 4 masons working every day until completion and the project committee members managed all labor and construction costs as well as all material transportation to site.

Both the project committee and the community were very enthusiastic throughout construction and showed their support by providing breakfast, lunch and dinner to all the workers, as well as a few extra hands and materials when needed. The masons and workers, some of whom use this particular spring as a family water source, worked from sunrise to sunset every day for the full 6 days of construction.

Community members came in from all over just to watch construction and to talk about how thankful they were that this particular spring was being developed. A number of the village elders came to me and explained how since childhood they and their families would to come to this site to gather water and wash their clothes. They said they had used the spring for generations. Now that it’s been developed they’re grateful to know they will have a clean source of water for generations to come.

We recently had a dedication, and the project committee invited several people from the project and community groups to the site for a ceremony and lunch. During the lunch I sat with several groups from around the community. Each one took turns expressing their thanks and appreciation and explained to me how the new spring will personally impact and benefit their group and community.

I also want to say thank you for again giving me the opportunity to work with your organization on this project. It has left a really positive impact on everyone involved and will be such huge benefit to the Mwiruti community. I look forward to working with you again in near future.

We, in turn wish to thank Brian for completing this great project, and again thank The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust and friends and family of Brian for funding the project.