BISHOP'S WELL

Bishop's Well

For many years, Bishop's Well has been providing wells and purification systems to provide clean water to children and families in Africa. In 2012, a well was drilled at Jehovah Jira Children’s Home in Nairobi. The sale of water from this well will sustain the 150 children indefinitely!

Another well in Oloosirkon is providing the first clean water that the village has ever had! In addition, the Diocese of Sydney, Australia, has donated a water truck to help transport the clean water for sale, tremendously expanding the income and sustainability of the project. Even better, the income from selling water to businesses will all go back into a revolving loan fund to drill more wells.

Originally begun to provide clean water to those who did not have access to it, the Bishop’s Well expanded to be a Well of Resources to make positive differences in people’s lives in many areas, not just with water. In addition to water wells and equipment to bottle and sell water, we have pursued projects to build radio stations, process mango juice for sale, and many other projects.

Water bottling

St. Nicholas Orphanage

One of the most exciting development projects we have done has been the water purification and bottling facility at St. Nicholas Children’s Home (Orphanage). The water facility is used as an educational tool with the teens who can also work in short shifts. At this point, they produce enough bottled water that it can be sold and the proceeds can provide all the support needed for the orphanage. In the pictures at the top of the page, you can see our friends Archbishop Ben Kwashi of Jos, Nigeria, and Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of Kenya. The water bottles in the background are “Hekima Water” (Hekima means “wisdom” in Swahili) that the teens at St. Nicholas’ bottled to sell at the GAFCON 2 conference.

high-Capacity Pump

Jehova Jireh Orphanage

On the eastern edge of Nairobi in an area called Kaiyoli, the Jehovah Jireh Children’s Home houses 50-75 children. Now a well with a projected yield has been drilled. When the high-volume pump is installed, the orphanage will be able to sell water and will become financially self supporting!

Sustainablity

Oloosirkon

The borehole in Oloosirkon is a special project. Not only is it the first pure water that has ever been produced in the village, it is also supplying enough water to have some to sell. The proceeds from the sale of the water are designed to go back into the drilling program to help other areas that do not have the capacity to raise the money to drill for themselves. Oloosirkon is another one of Ekklesia’s “sustainable projects” that keeps expanding the circle of ministry and care for people the longer it operates. Rather than constantly being aid-dependent, these projects operate and share blessing to others.

water Wells

Boreholes

It is not a simple matter to drill boreholes in Africa! There are all kinds of engineering reports that are needed to determine where we should drill; different materials have to be used in the varying soils of Kenya, rendering the drilling process complex. Usually, the boreholes are not in places with regular power from an electric company. We have to make arrangements for a diesel or solar powered pump. The more capacity that is needed, the more expensive the pump, and the more complex the installation. The photo below is of our drilling rig operating in a rural area that is desperate for water. With clean water only 600 feet below the surface, imagine the burden of having to draw water from a stream or pond (probably not clean water) and then walk several miles home carrying heavy water in a plastic can or bucket.

Bishop's Well - Haiti

Ekklesia’s vision and your generosity have brought hope through another sustainable project that has the potential to fully fund both the church and the school.
After Bishop Atwood visited St. Mathias Church and School in Léogâne, Haiti, plans were made to provide a fresh water well.  Clean water is a desperate need, as the water in Haiti is contaminated with E. coli and cholera.  The completion of the well was time-consuming and expensive, made more difficult by the conditions in Haiti. Bishop’s Well donors faithfully saved coins in donation bottles for the project, and we partnered with Anglican Relief and Development both for the well and to repair hurricane damage and replace the roof.
Volunteer Larry Bentley from Engineers Without Borders visited and helped with site plans. Our long-term friend and ministry partner Doug Buller, Master Plumber and Electrician, made the trip to install the equipment you see below.
The water purification system includes the equipment to bottle water for sale.  The completed system filters water to remove sediment and removes pathogens with ultraviolet purification.
St. Mathias can now develop the water sales business to provide ongoing income, which has the ability to deliver them from what was a never-ending need for outside aid.  The inspiration for this project came from our similar installation (also with Doug Buller) at St. Nicholas Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya, where water bottling has been a phenomenally successful project. Profits provide income to support the orphanage at full capacity!