Rockwall and The Bucket Ministry will host an event on May 7 aimed at improving the lives of thousands of people living in the slums of Kibera, Kenya.
The Bucket Ministry is a group of people committed to bringing the Gospel along with the donation of clean water to underserved populations around the world. The ministry’s world headquarters is located in Rockwall at 303 E. Rusk St., which will be the site of the filter assembly event. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Organizers will attempt a new world record by assembling 25,000 Sawyer PointONE water filters in a single day. The Sawyer PointONE filter uses technology originally developed for kidney dialysis. Each filter allows water to enter through tiny pores in a membrane, leaving behind harmful bacteria that can cause cholera, typhoid and e. coli. The filters, which can last more than 20 years and filter up to 1 million gallons, fit buckets that carry five gallons of water.
“The work we do at this event has the potential to dramatically change the lives of one in 10 people living in one of the world’s largest slums,” said Christopher Beth, director of The Bucket Ministry. “The impact of this work will be felt for generations.”
Living conditions in the slums of Kibera are shocking, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The average monthly income is equivalent to $26 per month, ranking people among the poorest of the world’s poor. Living in misery, the majority of the inhabitants are without sanitation, without electricity and without health care. Water is one of the most essential elements for survival – yet the people of Kibera do not have access to clean drinking water.
“We hope this event will encourage individuals to appreciate drinking water more and develop a lifelong passion for helping others,” Beth said. “We want people to know that it’s possible to make a real difference for families around the world.”
Organizers intend to close Rusk Street and line it with muster stations. Volunteers will be entitled to music as well as food trucks offering a wide choice of cuisine. Work will be done on a rotational basis.