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Restoring Lokapel

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Before we tell you our story, we'd like to give you a brief background about Turkana:

Turkana is a county in the former Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It is the largest county, by land area and a 16-hour drive from Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Turkana is classified under the Arid & Semi-Arid Lands of Kenya. The climate is generally hot and dry for most part of the year, with temperatures as high as 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Turkana is also the poorest region in Kenya and it’s largest town and county headquarters is Lodwar. With the devolution in Kenya and the discovery of oil resources in Turkana, Lodwar has seen a rapid expansion. 96% of the population are predominantly herdsmen, but those numbers are dropping due to severe drought and locals are slowly transitioning to agriculture as they are learning farming methods for survival purposes. 

Residents of Turkana live by traditional customs and beliefs with very little knowledge of Christian teachings.

Our story: 

My friends and I (Vincent) first arrived at Lokapel, a tiny village in Turkana in 2010 as Christian missionaries. 

Peter Ameriakol, the only Christian church leader in the village,  welcomed us warmly and became a link between us and the community. After a week of doing door to door evangelism and visiting nearby schools, we witnessed & experienced the high levels of poverty in Lokapel. We sat back with the Local Chief and VUNA, a nonprofit  organization, and agreed to adapt Lokapel as our long-term project.

Water is a vital resource, however, due to limited investment in water resource infrastructure, the population still remains water insecure. Despite the reported existence of a large groundwater reservoir in the county, domestic water demand is only partially satisfied due to a lack of physical infrastructure for drilling, extracting, and distributing water to homesteads. Households largely depend on shallow boreholes located in the sand beds near the Turkwel river for water supply.

The soil in this area is sandy but with the right farming inputs and skills enough food can be grown to meet the needs of the Lokapel community. With a reliable water source, the Lokapel community members will be also able to provide for their families by selling the food in nearby towns.

We're asking you contribute whatever you can to help fund this project to restore Lokapel.

The funds will help to : 
- Carry out the land survey
- Drill the 250 metre-deep borehole
- Purchase materials to borehole, set up the solar system, and erect the water points
- Plant trees, construct the church, guest house and caretaker's house

Watch our video here: 


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Vuna International
Minneapolis, MN
Voices of Un-Entered Areas International (Vuna International)

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