Providing Clean Water in Kisumu

Cheltenham Twinning Association is raising much needed funds for a groundwater well at a school in our friendship town Kisumu, Kenya provided by the WellBoring charity (https://www.wellboring.org/). Each well costs £5,000 (or £4,000 plus gift aid), and provides safe water to pupils, teachers, and the wider community for many years.

Cheltenham has benefitted from access to water with its origins as a spa town, but many children and their families in rural Kisumu still do not have safe clean water. With your help, we can change this and empower lives.

Cheltenham Rotary Club has already pledged to support our appeal in their centenary year.  If you too would like to be involved, donations can be made to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cheltenham-twinning-association

Ways of getting involved:

Do you have contact at schools, businesses or organisations?

  • Cheltenham businesses and organisations?
    Consider organising a fundraising activity with a social responsibility focus to support the sustainable solutions provided by WellBoring.
  • Primary schools
    Why not combine teaching the water cycle at KS2, with learning about the benefits that access to safe water brings to schools and the wider communities in Kenya?  Perhaps consider a school funding raising event to raise awareness of the importance of access to clean water.
  • Secondary schools
    Consider a fundraising activity linked to raising awareness about the environmental issues faced by those living in areas, where access to clean water is limited. 
  • Sixth-formers
    Consider carrying out an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) on the sustainable benefits access to safe water can bring to communities?

If any schools have an interest in linking up with a school in Kisumu, we’d be happy to try and establish a link.

We see this as a long-term project and our level of involvement depends on the level of support we receive. This could lead to many more opportunities with the city of Kisumu (the largest in city in West Kenya) going forward.

Or consider donating as an individual.

Cheltenham Twinning Association promotes friendships and understanding between the people of Cheltenham and the people of its twin and friendship towns. Kisumu, which is located on the northern shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya, has been a friendship town of Cheltenham since 1985.

WellBoring is an established charity based in Chippenham, which drills and installs groundwater wells to provide safe water mainly in rural primary schools and their communities in East Africa. Access to safe water reduces mortality and sickness, improves school attendance, and empowers whole communities. In the past ten years, the charity has completed more than 100 wells providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the problem of lack of access to safe water.

For further details, please contact the Twinning and Events Officer Annette.Wight@cheltenham.gov.uk

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