Successful Giving Tuesday Campaign Brings Water to Kenya, Doubles Goal

The people of Marereni Villages in Kenya need your help! With your support this Giving Tuesday, we can install rainwater tanks at St. Francis Assisi School and in families with tin roofs. This will ensure a year-round water supply for drinking, cooking, and even small kitchen gardens. Let's make their dreams of a self-sufficient life come true!

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

November 29, 2023

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth achieved yet another triumph in their Giving Tuesday initiative this year, successfully garnering funds for the residents of Marereni Villages in Kenya.

Setting a goal of $6,520 for the project on Tuesday, the Sisters not only met but exceeded their target 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.


This annual online campaign, occurring on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, enables donors to partake in the holiday spirit of giving by supporting important causes and nonprofit organizations. The focus of this year’s campaign for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth was to secure funds to install rainwater collection tanks in Marereni Villages, Kenya, which have been grappling with the impact of both prolonged droughts and floods.

Marereni’s groundwater is marred by high salinity, rendering it unfit for consumption. Furthermore, the local water supply faces challenges such as inadequate pressure, leaving these villages underserved. 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.

In the previous monsoon, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kenya installed a tank to store rainwater. They shared the excess water with their neighbors, utilizing it to cultivate vegetables and plant fruit trees through irrigation. With the funds raised during this year’s Giving Tuesday, the Sisters aim to install additional rainwater tanks at the SCN residence, in the school, and in several homes. This collected rainwater will be utilized for drinking, cooking, washing, and sustaining livestock.

A heartfelt thank you to all who contributed to this project during Giving Tuesday. With your love and support, the Sisters will accomplish amazing things in Kenya.


  1. S. Maureen Wild

    Thanks so much for sharing this great news! I’m so happy for the advancement of this project with the generous response. Together we can do so much to help others in greater need.

  2. Nalini Meachariyil

    Oh what a Joy to have water for the students of the school. God bless all the donors

  3. Ann Palatty

    Thank you, Everyone, who has contributed to this life giving water. God bless the people of Kenya.

  4. Martha Walsh SCN

    Such a great use of computer technology and mission needs. Congrats to all involved.

  5. Betty Blandford scn

    What a wonderful purpose for this money! Thanks to all who donated!


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