Hot water - it's an important part of everyday life. Just think about how often you use it to bathe, wash your hands, clean your house, and prepare food! The same is true in Kenya. Each of our children's homes has seven bathrooms and one kitchen. Children often bathe two times a day, wash their clothes after school, help sweep and mop the floors, and help their house parents prepare meals. Open Arms Village currently has electricity and small electric water heaters, but our need for a reliable, sustainable, and affordable source of energy is growing exponentially as we add more children to our family!
Solar water heating will use plentiful sun to replace expensive and unreliable electricity - making other important purchases possible.
As we install these new solar water heaters, other updates must be done at the same time. Several homes at Open Arms Village need updated faucets and shower hardware, and new hot-water pipes must be run to the sinks and showers.
Solar water heaters will reduce the electricity bills at Open Arms Village, freeing up funds for other crucial outreach and ministry needs.
Our homes are currently equipped with electric, instant hot water systems that drive the Village’s electric bill to upwards of $2,000 per month. A team of volunteers raised the funds and did the work to update three children's homes already.
While in Kenya, Rachel Gallagher, Co-Founder of Open Arms International, asked one of the boys what he liked about living there. Without hesitation he said “hot water”.
The rest of the kids are waiting for funding to provide hot water for them, too. Today, you can provide updated plumbing AND a hot water heater, when you partner with OAI!
Fly Fishing Collaborative
Did you know?
The Fly Fishing Collaborative exists to bring sustainable livelihood to innocent children who are either at risk, or have been rescued from, the horrible injustice of sex trafficking. They do this by building, and providing on-going support of, sustainable aquaponics farms for safe houses and orphanages around the world. Each Tilapia farm built gives the raw power of resources into the hands of those that need it most.
Open Arms and the Fly Fishing Collaborative have partnered with the intention of establishing a fish farm at Open Arms Village
How it works
Aquaponics combines two worlds: Aquaculture (raising fish) and Hydroponics (soil-less growing of plants). The fish create nutrients for the plants to grow and the plants clean the water for the fish. In doing so, both healthy fish and plants are produced which can then be eaten or sold. Each part of this self-sustaining cycle helps the other. Here are a few key terms to better understand the process:
Water pumped through the grow bed is filtered by the plants, and then returned to the fish tank ammonia free.
Once fish are fed, they produce ammonia rich waste. Bacteria turns the ammonia into nitrates which is absorbed into the plants. When fish grow to market size, they can be sold, and replaced with new fish reared from eggs.
Typically suspended on floating raft platforms or planted into rock, plants absorb the nitrates as nutrients. They grow quickly in the nutrient rich water and can be eaten or sold in the marketplace.
Naturally occurring bacteria converts the ammonia into nitrites and then into nitrates with new fish reared from eggs.
Fish breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Plants absorb the carbon, leaving oxygen rich water to return to the plants.