The fish farm project will be a part of the Irrigation Pilot Program in Kitui, Ndundune.
Butterfly4Volunteers also works hard to develop their own projects. They are looking for subsidies and they are asking for donations via their Foundation. Because of this, we started the fish farm project in Kitui, Ndundune. Because of the persevering drought, the harvests are not that substantial, which causes the poverty to increase. By investing in a different economy which is not that dependent on the current climate, they hope to contribute to a different standard of life. At first, the Butterfly Foundation had decided, together with the local community, to excavate a well nearby the fish farms, in early August 2012. This way, there would be enough water to supply the ponds with, and to take care of the water level. However, after months of digging, we still hadn’t found any water.
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We talked again with the Butterfly Foundation, the local community and several experts on digging out wells in the region. We decided to choose a spot closer to the dry river, and dig a new well, despite all the hard work we had already done. We did find a new purpose for the old well: we would use it to store the water that we extracted from the new well. A year later, in august 2013, we found water! At the new spot near the river, we found water after having excavated for months. We dug a little further to make sure the water wouldn’t just disappear. Loads of money from the founders of the Butterfly Foundation and the donations they have received have made it possible for the local community to have direct access to their own water source.
With your help, the Foundation Support dug a well near a dry river. Your help consisted of financing everything needed to make the well happen. Money that was needed to build the first two meters of the well to keep it from collapsing; to hoist up the buckets with sand and stones from the well; to buy buckets and chisels; to pay the 2-4 workers; room and board for the workers; and transportation costs from Mombasa to Kitui and back.
We now have water, but this is only the beginning. There are many things to be done in order to use the water in a proper way. We need to store the water in tanks; the old well needs to be prepared for water storage by plastering the walls; we need a good pump, and we need pipes to transport the water to the fish ponds, for example. The fish farms will be a part of the irrigation program that the Butterfly Foundation will be developing. Apart from the aforementioned pipes and storage tanks, we will take care of drinking water, and we will also be growing vegetables and spirulina, which will happen in large reservoirs. You can help us do this by making a donation. We would like to inform you about the ways in which you can donate by sending you a personal email.
Sina Horndt and Ilse van Bree, interns from TIO University Eindhoven The Netherlands
On our trip to the dry Kitui, we saw how important water is for the lives of people. We saw how the inhabitants of Kitui struggle every day to make a living. So we decided to ask family and friends to help us and started a charity for a waterhole in Kitui. We succeeded and the project made its start!
We want to thank family and friends, without their help this was not possible!
Norbert and Bruni Horndt ;Robin Horndt ;Corinne Horndt ;Nils Horndt ;Friedel and Elke Horndt ;Swen Huntjens ;Simone Grau ;Tonja Loomans ;Aron Kirschner ;Freke Kromhout ;Ruud and Anja van Bree ;Tante Koosje ;Inge van den Hoven ;Luuk Saris ;Linda Oostenrijk ;Family van Keijsteren ;Cecile Hendriks ;Koen van Bree ;Chantal van den Hoven ;Emmy Bloemen.