How to boost real estate in Northern Kenya

Karbururi used to be just another overlooked, undesirable village on the road between Golole and Sololo in Northern Kenya, until a big hole was dug in the ground.

With no school or water source, and with a road impassible during the rainy season, this community suffered increasingly from isolation as other development groups passed it by, thinking it was too much of a challenge to reach.

“Like Nazareth in the Bible,” says FH/Kenya staff member Zipporah Muhoro, “nothing good was expected to come out of Karbururi.” 

But just like any good Bible story, God takes the broken, forgotten things of this world and makes them shining examples of his glory.

FH began working in Karbururi just a little more than four years ago and, in partnership with the local church and a church out of Fredericksburg, Virginia, this once-dismissed little village now is an attractive option for people on the move.

Best of all, the new developments have sparked new hope in Karbururi's residents. “We are happy to know that we can and have contributed to our community development, despite lack of resources,” parents said in a meeting with FH.

What changed?

Water came to Karbururi. 

In a place where a whole year can pass without one drop of rain,
access to water is a big draw.

Through the Kenya Assembly of God Church, a new borehole was dug, leading to healthier children and fewer deaths from water-borne diseases. The borehole is solar-powered and low-maintenance, keeping water costs down (about one U.S. cent for every five-gallon jerry can).

Also, FH is installing a pipeline from a rock-catchment system to Karbururi's local school, enabling the community to conserve rainwater for the dry season.

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“With the successful sinking of the new borehole,” says Zipporah, “the population of the community will now increase tremendously. The status of Karbururi has changed from forgotten to bright and attractive for other people to even consider settling there.”
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