Greetings to all our readers. We appreciate your interest in Riziki, your prayers and your financial contributions, without which it would be impossible to give the Riziki children the love, care and education they currently receive. Our supporters are found from Scotland, to the South East, the South West and Northern Ireland. There is help from within Kenya and other countries too. For this support, all involved with Riziki praise God.
When we wrote in March there had been some heavy rain in Nakuru after a very prolonged drought. That rain has continued over much of Kenya. Unfortunately there have been severe problems in Nairobi with flooding causing buildings to collapse, and near Nakuru, at Solai, a dam burst caused the deaths of some 47 people. This was about 30 miles from Riziki which was not affected. Much further east, on the Tana River, the biggest hydro power dam is overflowing which is a big life threat to the people living on the lower part of Tana River. The Government has advised them to move to higher ground.
Unfortunately, our social worker/houseparent had to leave in mid-March and we have not yet found a suitable replacement. Elizabeth, the cook, and Catherine, the cleaner, are kindly sharing the responsibility of staying at Riziki overnight until a replacement is found. Julius said “God is going to give us a new social worker - we only need to pray and trust. We know He is able to do all things.
The water-cleaning system is almost complete. We then need to install a pump and pipes to take the cleaned water to storage.
Another concern is that there is a lot of water flowing into Riziki from the road and we all are of the opinion that we should build a dam to harvest that water which will be of great advantage when the rains are not there. The size will be 20m x 10m x 3m. It will roughly be Ksh 460,000 (£3000+) for digging of the hole, the materials, the labour and other items. We have a quotation from G. North & Son the greenhouse people who will supply materials and installation.“ We intend to consider this project further as and when funds are available! You will appreciate that Kenya, like much of the world, is experiencing more extremes of weather and we are doing our best to work with this.
Compiled from emails from Julius
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Ian & Diana Hogley