Commissioning/Dedication of Well

The Maryland District 7620 Rotarians and members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, MD (UUCF), with safari guides, enjoyed getting to know each other during dinner at the Fig Tree Camp on Friday evening, February 13.

Early the next morning, Saturday, February 14, 2015, members of UUCF joined Rotarians from Maryland and Nakuru-Great […]

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Click here to read an excellent article on the design and construction of the Oltorotua well.

The villagers have also recently taken part in well maintenance and training in sanitation and hygiene.


The dedication (what Kenyans call commissioning) is set for Saturday, February 14. Valentine’s Day is a great day to celebrate […]

Join Us in Balmy Kenya, Part 2

Yes, you can be there even if you can’t take a 10-day trip. And not only watch elephants, lions, and zebra plus more wildlife but attend the well dedication. Let’s start with a letter from Steve King, who wrote the original grant for the Oltorotua village well and has shepherded it to completion via e-mails […]

“Trip of a Lifetime” Isn’t a Cliché!

Saying “trip of a lifetime” is a cliché, but traveling for the well dedication (or commissioning, as the Kenyans call it) is the right term here. For the first time in their history, the women of Oltorotua no longer have to carry heavy water containers and spend most of every day walking 4-6 miles to […]

Water Is Flowing from the Well

Water is flowing from the well and thanks are flowing from the Villagers!

Because of my husband Carl’s illness and passing, I have not posted for many months. However, for several years our Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick (UUCF) has shared our collection once a month (called split-plates) with non-profit organizations not only locally […]

Clean, Fresh Water for Oltorotua at Last!

On May 28, U.S. Rotarians involved in digging the well and I received an e-mail from Jackson that read:

We have run from far and just about to finish the race!!!! On behalf of OLTOROTUA residents, I would like share with you the HAPPINESS and JOY from Oltorotua. Now we are fetching clean water from […]

Final Steps to Completion of Oltorotua's Well

Here are photos Jackson Liaram sent, with an explanation from Steve King of the Leonardtown Rotary Club. Steve wrote the grant and shepherded it through the initial stages until Tim Winter, Deborah Morrone and the Fredericktowne Rotary with Catherine Tomno and Benson Lukania of the Rotary Club of Nakuru-Great Rift Valley, took on responsibility for […]

Soon, Very Soon: No More Walking Miles for Clean Water!


Jackson sent the photo of himself near the well site and wrote, “Attached find the photos of the work in progress on the well site.”

Great news! Ben Lukania of the Nakuru-Great Rift Valley Rotary Club sent an e-mail that the actual work would soon begin and continue until completion–that means the time is […]

Update on Oltorotua Wells from Fredericktowne Rotarians Who Visited

Yesterday evening I heard an excellent and fun presentation Deb Morrone and Tim Winter of the Fredericktowne Rotary made about their trip to Oltorotua. Since only one borehole yielded water, work is continuing to supply water from that one ample flow to all the compounds in the village. Tim wrote a request, which we hope […]

Photos–Fredericktowne (MD) Rotarians Visit Oltorotua

Jackson just sent these photos of Tim Winter and Deb Morrone on their visit this past week to Oltorotua.

The villagers welcomed Tim and Deb. Both members of the Fredericktowne Rotary had tea in Jackson’s house with him and his wife Susan. Debbie and the village women made speeches and chatted and met with the […]