Ubuntu Made is not the only enterprise that helps to fund the Foundations programs and provides empowered jobs in Maai Mahiu. In 2008 one of Ubuntu's employees in Kenya came up with the idea to start bottling water to provide additional revenue and to gain access to reliable clean water for our programs and families in need. We researched natural source points, piping, purification, and packaging. Then with generous funding from donors across the world, we tapped into a nearby well and Ubuntu Water became a reality and has been steadily growing ever since.
One unexpected benefit of the Ubuntu Water program is that we now not only employ mums at Ubuntu - now we have Ubuntu dads on board!
MEET CALEB'S DAD
Peter Munyingi is the proud father of 5 children, but as with many in our small rural community, he was struggling to make ends meet and provide even the basic necessities such as food for his family. Through his employment at Ubuntu Water, Peter now has the ability to see his family thrive thanks to a steady income, health care, employee benefits such as financial training, and of course access to clean reliable water.
On top of all of that, Caleb's mother is able to take more dedicated care of his younger siblings because she is not walking to the quarry to look for casual jobs to help her husband make ends meet. This means Caleb is now able to attend school every single day - he is one of our star students with perfect attendance almost every week and has benefited immensely from the additional time with our family of occupational therapists and teachers.
Ubuntu Water has a positive effect across all of the Ubuntu departments, from creating empowered jobs for community members and parents of our students to providing clean water to our offices and Cafe Ubuntu. Even more critically, this clean, reliable source of water is used at all of the Ubuntu Heal medical camps. It is not a secret that there is a water and sanitation crisis in Kenya. More than half of the population of the entire country relies on unimproved water sources, and even more use unimproved sanitation solutions and store water in open barrels, leading to breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes.
At Ubuntu our hearts are always full, empowered by the strength of our community and the generosity of those who not only understand our vision of committing to this community in an 'inch wide, mile deep' approach but who invest in it and allow us to provide sustainable, scalable growth of our programs and our impact. Caleb's father is a great example of why Ubuntu Water is not just a water bottling enterprise - it empowers the community to thrive, provides the lifeblood of health in our pediatric programs which effect over 300 special needs children and their families, and creates meaningful jobs. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this idea a reality - we cannot wait to share with you as we grow the enterprise and our impact.