Hydrophilanthropist and good friend Michael 'Mike' Turvey runs the nonprofit Flowing Streams Ministries in Kansas. FSM is devoted to supporting the provision of clean water to those in the developing world. Mike is a retired EPA chemist/water quality specialist who was instrumental in helping me enter the hydrophilanthropic community some 20+ years ago.
Mike's NGO, which is developing a new WWW site, selects a new organization to support each month or so. The current organization is Partners For Care, based in metro Atlanta, that works exclusively in Kenya. In his July 2015 newsletter (PDF below) Mike recounted the visit of a Kenyan minister to the PFC headquarters. These recollections are given below, along with some I added from the PFC WWW site. I was struck by the minister's comments and observations.
Recently, a pastor (Pastor Hirbo from Marsabit, Kenya) came to the USA to meet with PFC staff. His observations of our lifestyle is both amusing and slices your soul. Here are some of his observations.
The first night Pastor Hirbo was in the States, he slept with a blanket over his head since there was no mosquito netting here.
Some of his initial questions of the USA host team included:He asked his hosts before they went to bed, "Is there hot water in the shower and is the tap water safe to drink?""Is it illegal for people not to own a car?" (He had not seen anyone walking.)"Are there any lions or wild animals in those trees?" (He was traveling along Georgia Highway 400 north of Atlanta.)"Are you allowed to drive old cars in the US?" (What we consider old here is not old in Kenya.)When he visited a music store and saw the pieces of equipment, he remarked that "there are hungry people in Kenya"He referred to the USA as dollar country since it has everything. He discovered that his clothes don't get dirty and dusty like they do in Kenya. Also, he said we have plenty of firewood but most don't even need it. He mentioned that he soon expected a call from his family that they have run out of firewood.It wasn't easy for Pastor Hirbo to be here. The food waste is hard for him. At one restaurant we ate at, he ate the little package of butter because he didn't want the food to go to waste.His host was cleaning the car and they asked him to throw some uneaten food away and he COULD NOT do it. He merely asked, "How can I throw food away?"
If you would like to donate to Mike's nonprofit, go here.
'Dollar Country'? More like 'Million-Dollar Country'.
"None need die from their drinking water - all must hear about Living water." - FSM vision