On the Third Sunday of Easter last year (2016) we launched our water project to support Sr. Anna, a Good Shepherd Sister. She spoke at all Masses to launch the Water Project, an initiative of the parish to mark the Year of Mercy. Thanks to your generosity, Sr. Anna saw the completion of two wells in Kenya in July 2016. The school pump was dedicated to St. Columb  and the community pump was dedicated to St. Oliver Plunkett. 

Fundraising continued throughout the year and this summer Sr Anna  returned to Kenya between the middle of June and the end of July 2017 to oversee the completion of an additional seven wells .  Sister Anna says that this year they decided to go further north to an area close to Lake Victoria and bordering on Uganda. A very poor rural area that no one had visited before in fact most of the children had never seen white people.

After a period of 5 weeks in this area sister took part in a joyous service of thanksgiving where the pumps were blessed and dedicated as they were handed over to the communities.  Sr Anna described this as a great moment especially for the women and children, where there was a wonderful air of achievement and thankfulness.

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Community leaders have elected local committees to oversee the maintenance of the pumps. As well as overseeing the completion of the water pump installations Sr Anna also assisted with the distribution of the following during her visit;

  • Roofing materials for 4 schools
  • 1500 pairs of children’s socks, shoes, gumboots & slippers
  • Pens, Pencils, Rulers etc for 5000 pupils
  • Blankets, Mattresses & Pillows for 30 sick and elderly
  • Seed & fertiliser
  • Cow or heifer calf for ten families

Sr Anna reports the heart-felt gratitude expressed by the people who have benefited from the water and other gifts.  She has forwarded to the Parish thank-you letters from the head-teachers of the 7 schools where the pumps have been installed.

The total raised for this project was £27,000. The Total number of people in the schools and communities to benefit from the generosity of our parish was 35,000

To see  Sister Anna’s thank you letter … read more


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