Living Water for Kenya

PALM DESERT, CA   |  https://www.LivingWaterForKenya.com

Mission

To provide People in Western Kenya with Humanitarian, Educational, Spiritual, and Leadership Assistance.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our ministry is in very rural Kenya Africa a nine hour drive from Nairobi. While we are there it is rare to encounter another white person, we are their minority and are greatly appreciated.

Ruling year info

2018

President

David Hansen

Co Principal Officer

Eleanor Hansen

Main address

78850 Sunrise Mountain View

PALM DESERT, CA 92211 USA

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EIN

82-4555699

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The people with whom LWFK works in Kenya are very impoverished. They live in mud huts without electricity, running water, or decent privy toilets. Kenya’s economy is flat, and the unemployment is extremely high. Most people must raise their own food. LWFK is trying to give them reason to hope, and a better life where the water is safe, and both the children and their parents have an opportunity to learn.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Water Supply

In 2005, David and Eleanor traveled to Kenya to follow up on a request by a former member of Kenya's Parliament for David to come and help the Kenyan people have clean and sustainable supplies of drinking water. In 2006 they returned to Kenya where David provided the first of six water well drilling rigs and eventually taught over 40 local workers how to drill water wells. At that time David and Eleanor were being sponsored by several American churches, and soon the wells were being paid for by an American 501(c)3. By 2017 over 300 water wells had been installed and the 501(c)3 took over that operation. Subsequently the drilling of wells was stopped by the 501(c)3, and the drill team appealed to David to reactivate their organization. In the last several years this team working with LWFK has drilled six or more new wells, and it is our intent to seek funders to continue this badly needed work. Using compressed air bits, the team drills wells in rocky areas that are up to 200 feet deep. Each well can serve from 500 to 1200 people.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Extremely poor people
Working poor
Widows and widowers

LEFK is currently associated with six Precshools that serve over 300 children. While they are at home, these children speak their birth languge ... Luhya. While they are in preschool they begin to learn two other languages ... Swahili (Kenya's common language) and English (Kenya's Business language).

Preschool is free to these children, LWFK provides them with teachers, classrooms, and lunches. For some, that is the only meal that they get.

Population(s) Served
Children

We started the Academy in 2013 with only grades 1-3. By 2018 the facilities for all eight classes were complete and we had our first graduating 8th grade class.

In Kenya school is free to those that can pay for the books, uniforms, supplies, lunches, etc. Public schools are crowded and have few supplies. It is the Academy's goal to provide high quality ecucation at a good cost. In doing that, the Academy has become a magnet school for parents that have the ability to pay. Those children that cannot afford the cost are usually sponsored by one of LWFK's donors who at a cost of just $275 per year will cover the full cost of education, including two sets of uniforms and shoes, books, supplies, and oen meal a day. At this time, of the 200 youth at the school, over 65 of them are sponsored through LWFK.

Population(s) Served
Children

Being a widow in Kenya is a rough life. In Kenya LWFK has two widow groups with whom we closely work. between them there are about 130 members. LWFK peovides them with both a social link and with a means to raise food for themselves.

Twice a year we provide each of them with a measure of maize (corn) seed and fertilizer. (On the equater, there are two growing seasons each year.) At harvest time they each bring back 10% of the harvest to feed the school children.

Population(s) Served
Widows and widowers

We have a sewing center where ladies are taught tailoring skills while their children are at school or preschool. At any one time there are from 6 to 12 ladies in the program. Upon their graduation it is our intent to continue providing them with a personal treadle sewing machine and some supplies to get them started in their own business.

Population(s) Served
Single parents
Widows and widowers

In the area of one of the churches with which we work is a large community of illitterate people. Most elderly women and many elderly men in the area were never schooled. Many of those that cannot read, cannot count either. They are easily "taken" by unscrupulous tradesmen or passers by. The local church elected to provide its facility during the week for Litracy and Bible Study Classes. This program has really changed lives of the over 70 senior adults that regularly attend the classes. They proudly read to us when we visit.

We have their eyes checked when they join the program and those that need them get reading glasses.

Population(s) Served
Older adults

As of September 2018, both Eleanor and David have been to Kenya 19 times with each trip takin three or so weeks. It has become a tradition during those trips for Eleanor to lead a seminar that many pastors as well as lay people attend. In our absence, these seminars have been taken over by the local pastorial association. They are sponsored by LWFK, they do not cost much, but they are highly regarded.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Protestants

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Our ministry offers help to all people in the name of Jesus. Usually training (education), needs of elderly, and water supplies. Under the pandemic all changed and our focus changed to feeding people.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, People of African descent, Caregivers, Families

Related Program

Preschools

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The pandemic stopped all our normal programs. When we sent teachers to homes we found that many were going days with no food. We reorganized and did a feeding program for 1000 large Kenyan families

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

When LWFK's President (David Hansen) first went to Kenya in 2005 it was to provide safe drinking water by the installation of water wells and by protecting springs from contamination. In Kenya, David trained over 40 Kenyans how to drill water wells, and eventually raised the funds to purchase six well drill rigs. Over the years, funded by American churches and a US 501(c)3, under David Hansen’s direction the drill team drilled over 300 wells. During that time, David oversaw the work there by using the internet and by annual trips to the work area. Eventually the funding agency took over the oversight of drilling and David changed his focus to working with his wife on educational matters.
Eventually the 501(c)3 choose to stop drilling new wells. In 2018, when LWFK became incorporated as a 501(c)3, the Kenyan drill team approached LWFK to restart drilling water wells. In the past two years under LWFK’s direction, 5 wells and one spring protection project have been completed. It is LWFK's intent to seek funding so that more desperately needed wells can be drilled.
As noted earlier, while David did wells, his wife Eleanor focused on education. LWFK currently has multiple educational projects:
• LWFK has built six preschools that serve 331 children at no cost to their families.
• LWFK has built a grade 1-8 Academy that serves 250 children, 65 of whom are fully scholarshipped at a cost to their sponsors of only $275 per child per year.
• LWFK has built a tailoring school that teaches young mothers tailoring skills to support their families.
• LWFK has recently established classes that teach illiterate adults basic math, how to read, and how to write.
• LWFK has established a program of providing seed and fertilizer to impoverished widows so that they can raise food for themselves. Out of the harvest the widows bring in 10% of the crop which is used to feed children both at the Academy and at a local public school.
It is LWFK's intent to continue and to expand these programs.

TO DATE OUR FUND RAISING HAS BEEN DONE THROUGH SPEAKING TO CHURCHES AND GROUPS. There is a limit as to how effectively two or three people can raise in this manner. ... TO MOVE AHEAD, WE NEED TO OBTAIN GRANT FUNDS.
• With respect to water, it is our intent to seek grant funds sufficiently to produce 10 new water wells this next year.
• With Respect to the preschools, it is our intent to continue their support and to seek small grants that will bring their facilities up to good standards.
• With respect to the Academy we have multiple facility improvement projects in mind including purchasing adjacent land for the establishment of a decent play field. Such expenses are not possible under the school operating budget and additional funds are appropriate. Furthermore, we have approached two local public schools about teaming up with them so that our graduating students will have improved facilities to attend upon graduation from our facilities. Only with our help getting grant funds will it be possible to undertake such challenges.
• With respect to the sewing school it is our intent to provide each graduating student with a sewing machine and start up supplies ($200 value). We hope to cover such costs with a small grant.
• With respect to the illiteracy program it is LWFK's intent to obtain a grant that would at least double its capacity (currently 70 students) and to fund (to give a kick start to) to a medical clinic in this very remote area (people die there waiting for transportation to the doctor).
• With respect to the widow's program the area being on the equator has two growing seasons. The current cost is a little over $2000 a year. It helps many widows at a minimum of cost. It is LWFK/s intent with grant funds to double this program next year.

WE ARE PREPARED TO CONTINUE THE WORK THAT WE ARE DOING, BUT WE HAVE REACHED A POINT WHERE IT WILL REQUIRE GRANTS TO MOVE AHEAD AND MAXIMIZE OUR IMPACT. In anticipation of seeking grants, we have established a good website LivingWaterForKenya.com and have obtained the GuidStar GOLD Seal. Furthermore, we have associated ourselves with the CNA (Center for Nonprofit Advancement) branch of the RAP Foundation here in Palm Desert (the Coachella Valley), California. There we participate in training and networking activities that will improve our skills and abilities as an efficient charity.

Before the Hansens (eventually Living Water For Kenya) came to Kenya there was no help available to the people of this area of Kenya. Nothing of what is now being done by LWFK was going on. It’s programs have changed lives in meaningful ways.
• LWFK has installed many water wells, each serving 500 or more people.
• LWFK has built and staffed six preschools that serve over 300 children.
• LWFK has built a grade 1-8 Academy where LWFK fully sponsors the educations of 65 youth.
• LWFK’s donors sponsor 19 high schoolers that have graduated from the Academy.
• LWFK trains young mothers in the skills of tailoring and when funds are available provides them with treadle sewing machines to set them up in home business.
• LWFK has established an incredibly successful literacy training program for older adults.

We intend to continue the existing programs … and expand them as money becomes available, furthermore we have initiated talks with the headmasters of two public schools regarding how with our assistance (teaming up) and grant funding we could make facility and program improvements in their schools that would result in graduates doing better both in school and in their future careers. Multiple schools are currently on our waiting list for water wells, all we need are the funds.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Teachers, School Boards, Pastors, Kenyan Community leaders, Water Well Drilling Team

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During the covid pandemic we cut back on educational programs (groups couldn't meet) ... we found families going without food and we instituted a feeding program that for a period of time fed 1000 families a week.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It helps us to focus on areas of real rather than perceived needs.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Living Water for Kenya

Board of directors
as of 08/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Hansen

Living Water For Kenya

Term: 2021 - 2024

Ron Case

Secretary

Wayne Oestreich

Treasurer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/17/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/17/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.