Dr. Tannian, Board President for Water is Life Kenya shares his appreciation for the work being done.
You and your helpers have taken wonderful steps: by a large amount of your direct effort to help many PEOPLE in the Kimana and other markets.
One way of looking at this is...well, why not do this/ all people know this was a good
thing, to ask people to wash their hands and to tell them about the hidden danger of
But who among us did or will actually take steps to do good for his brothers and sisters?
What is and was needed is a community (WILK) of people to think, spend resources and
be on the ground with water and staff.
In my mind the actions you and Joyce took for the Game Scouts, and for the Big Land Use Conference last year and now for the Hand Washing are individual examples of Christian Charity in practice.
In my technical field (economics) they are examples of delivering "public goods". That means organizing people and ideas and then spending resources (time, money) to deliver services or products that are valuable for MANY individual people. That value has a collective benefit (blocking community not just individual disease) for which individuals are not able to pay individually but the direct benefits secures the health of many as well as for me or you.
The Game Scout service and the Amboseli Land Plans aimed to bring valuable community services which are also "public goods". One or two individuals stand to be better off...but more importantly the entire community for miles around can expect a better Maasai community benefit when wildlife and cattle (key dimensions of their group life) have better chances to prosper.
Here in the U.S. our challenge is to explain this creative capacity of WILK so we gain
financial support. In Kenya the challenge is to keep a staff who recognize how these costly steps of improved water systems and improved livestock allow their communities to prosper.
Again, Larasha, God Bless you and the entire WILK (Joyce) team for great service.
Joyce lives most of the year in Kenya. She finds being on the ground and working with the communities intimately helps her to relate to their culture and needs. It also provides her with a comprehensive in-depth understanding so that Water is Life Kenya can properly come along side them and empower them without impacting their culture adversely.