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.