Bumala Water Project:
We have been able to sink a borehole which is now providing water for use at the Centre, community and for irrigation at the farm.
We need to install a hand pump to complete the water project. Meanwhile we are still using a winch as shown in this photo.
Bumala - Present Accomplishments & Future Goals
With very little financial support, the Bumala community is well underway to becoming self-sustainable. Under the leadership of Pastor Bernard (Ben) Omandi, Bumala Vision CBO has formed various groups that oversee all the projects in the community to eliminate starvation and poverty in their community.
The following photos and descriptions were recently provided by Pastor Ben.
Photos can be enlarged by clicking on any of the images.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Although much has been accomplished in this community, much more is yet to be done. Click on the above image to find out how you, and your Church can help.
Construction of 3 classrooms:
Towards the end of last year, we came up with a campaign dubbed ‘one brick campaign’ and started to construct 3 classrooms by faith.
At the end of the first quarter, the walls had been done up to the lintel level as shown below. We are now trusting God for the next phase of the work which is roofing.
By the grace of God we have been able to start the first phase of our farm in this first quarter after being blessed with a reliable water source.
We have variety of vegetables ranging from indigenous to exotic. Tomatoes and kales are still in the seedbed and will be transplanted in the next one week.
As the year begun, the board discovered that Bumala market depends on supply of eggs and one day old chicks from Uganda because there was no poultry farm within the area that could produce the same to satisfy the markets demand so we decided to venture into poultry farming.
Secondly, the families that we support were all interested in keeping local breed of poultry but were not educated on proper management of poultry so there was a need for a demonstration unit in the area.
We have constructed a poultry house at the Centre and have brought in the first batch of birds.
Group meetings have been going on successfully where the families meet to pray together, share experiences and give their savings.
Table banking. In this first quarter, the group savings have improved greatly which we associate with the availability of the revolving funds that family access easily to boost their businesses. This has made table banking more meaningful as groups are able to use their own contributions to facilitate them to do business and support their families.
Sponsorships. This year we have 3 people in our sponsorship programme:
1. John Otieno – std.2 – Rescue and Rehab. Centre.
2. Josephine Adhiambo – Form 2 - ECS
3. Yonah Ochieng’ – KATC (starting level II in July) – KCA Kisumu.