Church Building - Kenya
Earlier in 2005, the CPS congregation contributed to the construction of Natoo Dam, a rock dam at Natoo River in the southern half of Lowarengak Parish. The fulfillment of the project benefited the fundamental needs of more than 2,000 people and their livestock. Now, CPS is embarking on a project for the spiritual well-being of a community in Wadach, Turkana.
Wadach village is located about 85 km from Lodwar town, and by the shore of Lake Turkana. This is an outstation of the St. Augustine's Cathedral, Diocese of Lodwar.
Most of the people here have been baptised within the last 5 years. There are about 80 families in the area, with an average of 6 in a family. There is a teacher stationed by the parish at Wadach to run the nutritional unit. A borehole with a hand pump was sunk at Wadach by the parish in 2002. There is also a catechist who visits the families there every week. A priest from the Cathedral comes for mass every fortnight, and this is celebrated in the shade of a tree.
There is great need for water, health and nutrition for the people of Wadach. Nevertheless, the people themselves place a "house of God" at the top of their list of priorities, and the first-generation Christians of the area have asked for the construction of a house of prayer for the people of Wadach. This reflects an intrinsic need in these pastoralist and nomadic families of communion with the divine.
The chapel proposed for construction will be at a settlement near the shore of Lake Turkana, called Wadach. This is an outstation where mass is celebrated every 2 weeks as it is far and there are many other smaller settlements spread out in the area of the lake shore that falls within the area of St. Augustine's Cathedral. The project also includes building a pit latrine and a small house for the local catechist.
Before Development (Photos)