Water Filters to Provide 1 Million Gallons of Clean Drinking Water to 25,000 Families in Kenya, Impact Will be Felt for Generations
ROCKWALL, TX (May 9, 2022) – To provide clean and safe drinking water for families in in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya, The Bucket Ministry held a world-record-setting event at its headquarters in Rockwall, TX this weekend, during which more than 800 DFW volunteers gathered to assemble 25,000 water filters.
The filters assembled each fit special buckets that carry five gallons of water. Each bucket will provide an entire family with over 20 years of clean drinking water – equating to more than 1 million gallons of water.
The 25,000 filters assembled at the event on Saturday brought the total of bucket filters being sent to the Kibera slums up to approximately 90,000.
“The water available to the people of Kibera is unsafe,” said Christopher Beth, director of The Bucket Ministry. “In fact, many of the kids there have never tasted fresh water in their life. Waterborne disease runs rampant through the area as there is little to no public access to clean water. The water filters assembled today are going to radically change the lives of people living in one of the largest slums in the world.”
The family-friendly event to assemble and send bucket filters to families in Kibera took place at The Bucket Ministry World Headquarters in Rockwall, Texas. The event featured assembly stations, raffles for water filters and gift cards, food trucks, a moon bounce house for children, and hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers assembling 540 filters per table, assembly line-style.
The Mayor of Rockwall, Kevin Fowler, kicked off the event by assembling the first bucket filter of the day.
“The Bucket Ministry is an important addition to our community,” Mayor Fowler said. “They are providing an opportunity for Rockwall residents to make a global impact, and be a force for good, providing clean drinking water for people all across the world.”
According to the United Nations OHCHR, living conditions in the Kibera slums are shocking. The average monthly income is equivalent to $26 per month, classifying the people as some of the poorest in the world. Living in squalor, the majority of residents are without sanitation, electricity and healthcare. Water is one of the most essential elements for survival – yet those in Kibera lack access to clean water.
“I’m very encouraged by the incredible support we felt today as local volunteers joined us in our mission,” said Beth. “Water is a gift from God, a physical necessity and a human right deserved by all. Providing these filters is the first step in sharing the love of God with this overlooked community with visitations to follow that facilitate deeper spiritual and relational equity.”
About The Bucket Ministry
The Bucket Ministry founded in 2012, is a passionate group of ordinary people singularly committed to bringing The Gospel and the gift of clean, safe, drinking water to all the underserved areas of the world. The Bucket Ministry has boot prints in many of the world’s most physically and spiritually uninviting places. More about The Bucket Ministry is available at thebucketministry.org.
Submitted press release by The Bucket Ministry. Photos by BRN Media unless otherwise noted.
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