Needy Kenyans from Marereni Village in Kilifi County are set to benefit from a donation of water tanks after a Christian sect in Kentucky, USA, raised Ksh2 million ($13,200) towards the project.
In a drive that was launched on Tuesday as part of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth had set a goal of Ksh1 million ($6,520) but surpassed it by mid-day.
"By day’s end, the campaign had received support from over 100 generous donors and reached double the original goal, raising more than $13,200," read a statement from the Religious Formation Conference (RFC).
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have an annual tradition of raising money during the Thanksgiving holiday to help the needy.
The group targeted Marereni village after discovering that its residents suffered from a poor water supply system. Their alternative is extremely saline water, rendered unfit for consumption. The village has also suffered from prolonged droughts and floods.
"Among those impacted by the water-related challenges are the 200-plus students at St. Francis Assisi School, who sometimes endure days at school without a drop of water," RFC indicated.
Previously, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kenya installed a tank to store rainwater. They shared the excess water with their neighbours, utilising it to cultivate vegetables and plant fruit trees through irrigation.
The project comes weeks after American YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson, alias Mr Beast, built 52 wells in Kenya.
At the beginning of November, Mr Beast revealed that he was shocked at the dirty water school-going children are forced to drink.
The project was part of the 100 wells the entertainer, who was once buried alive, drilled in Africa.
"These 100 wells we built in Africa will change a lot of lives but definitely not enough. That is why we need your help," he stated.