Isaac Atsaiya, Director of the Poor Child Project, was trained as a pastor. But it had always been his plan to return to his home community in western Kenya, not far from Eldoret. The area is surrounded by tea plantations, and is extremely poor. Their poverty is compounded by ongoing conflict, sometimes violent, among five tribes in the area. Isaac sees his Friendly Water for the World-related work as part of an ongoing peacebuilding effort. He has set up a workshop to build and sell BioSand Filters into the community, bringing in much needed income for fabricators representing different tribes, while at the same time ensuring better health in the community, especially among vulnerable children.
Recently, the area in which Poor Child works has been faced with a major typhoid outbreak. Local officials have asked Isaac to assist to protect the health of children at the Sir Joss Orphanage, 12 miles away. The Orphanage has almost 4,000 children, and is a general state of disrepair, with little in the way of sanitation and no clean water at all. With assistance from Friendly Water for the World, the Poor Child Project is providing BioSand Water Filters for the thousand children ages 6 and under, and conducting a sanitary and hygiene survey, while training the volunteers at the orphanage in good sanitation and hygiene practices.