“Everyone always asks me, 'So what are you doing down there in Tennessee?'...If you want the short answer of what we do, here it is: We change lives”
I want to take a minute to tell if you all about the company I work for. Everyone always asks me, “So what are you doing down there in Tennessee?” Here’s your answer… I work for Robertson Family Water, a 40+ year old, third generation, family owned and operated water treatment business. If you want the short version of what we do, here it is! We change lives. Sure, we sell water treatment equipment but we aren’t just a normal water treatment company. We are changing the lives of people here in middle Tennessee, as we raise awareness about the poor quality of the water here. You don’t have to be here long to realize our water sucks. People seek solutions to fix their water issues and we provide them with that solution. The boring version of what I do is sell water treatment systems. But if I told you that is all we do, I would be lying. We are currently part of two major beyond profit projects: one is local and one is global. Our local initiative is near and dear to our hearts at Robertson Family Water. A very good family friend of my bosses lost their son Jonah to pediatric pulmonary hypertension. PPH is a progressive heart and lung disease with no known cure. Jonah went to be with Jesus in 2015, after fighting against PPH. I did not personally know sweet Jonah, but based on what I have heard about him from his family and my bosses, he was an absolute joy and blessing to everyone he came in contact with. We have partnered with Jonah’s family to raise awareness about PPH as well as raise funds to find a cure. There is a motorcycle ride each summer and a 5K each fall in honor of Jonah. Our hope and prayer is that we can play a part in putting a stop to PPH. Our global initiative is our village of Rabai. Rabai is a remote village way out in the bush of Kenya. They have many needs in provide, needs that we cannot fully or truly fathom or comprehend as we live in the most blessed nation in the world. Malaria, lack of clean water, no toilets, malnourishment, starvation, no foot bridge to cross the dangerous river, etc. They have nothing at all. But they have so much joy. We have everything in terms of materialistic things but we don’t have joy. We take so much for granted here and we don’t even realize it. We have a list of projects that we’re going to be completing in our village. The first project we completed was sending them 500 mosquito nets. Malaria affects the children and Rabai and since getting those mosquito nets, there have been no child fatalities (compared to the 50 that were there each and every month prior to the mosquito nets). Something as simple as mosquito nets is literally changing the lives of people halfway around the world. The project we are currently working on is feeding the people of Rabai. They’re currently in a drought season and are facing extreme levels of malnourishment. The people there (especially the children) are currently getting two meals per week on average. Our goal is to get everyone in the village 1 to 2 meals per day. We fight to help people locally get clean water. Because when we change lives locally, we are changing lives globally. It is the most fulfilling and rewarding feeling in the entire world knowing that when I walk through the office door each morning, that my purpose and my calling is not to make a paycheck. Everyone needs a paycheck and that part is great too but that is not why God placed me with Robertson Family Water. My purpose and my calling is to be the hands and feet of Jesus to people who are hurting and in need around me… Whether that is in the office, in the community, or in Rabai. Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” God is so good and I cannot wait to see how His grace, goodness, love, and endless blessings multiply and unfold.
“Thanks to Robertson Family Water's feeding program, I am optimistic that I will perform better in my studies and achieve my dreams.”
My name is Fridah Chelagat, I am 14 years old. I go to Rabai Primary school I am in class 7, since I joined this school I have been going home for lunch until 3 months ago when some visitors came to our school. I later came to learn that the visitors were from Robertson family water. I used to travel 3 kilometers everyday to go home for lunch which was uncertain; I could go home and not get food at all together with my 3 siblings. We took water and went back to school; it was difficult for me to concentrate on my studies on an empty stomach. I am a total Orphan my parents died of HIV 2 years ago. Our relatives neglected us, its only our aging grandmother who has been assisting us with the little she has. So many a times i am forced to take responsibilities of a parent to get basic needs. We have been getting some support in terms of clothes and books from well-wishers specifically from Deliverance Church Marigat. The food we get in school is what we rely on. Thanks to Robertson and family for the feeding programme, I am optimistic that I will perform better in my studies and achieve my dreams. I would humbly request Robertson family water to also support the girl child with sanitary pads. Most of the girls miss at least 4 days of school during their menses. Personally it has been a great challenge since I cannot afford to buy sanitary towels every month. I use rags which are not comfortable at all. By: Fridah Chelagat.
My name is Elias Mukunza, a class 8 pupil at Rabai Primary School. I like playing foot ball and my ambition is to play for a national team when I finish form four. The school feeding programme that is supported by Robertson family water has been very helpful to me as a candidate. I get enough time for my personal studies since the food is served in school, I no longer waste time going home for lunch. We received two balls and T-shirts from Robertson family water. Thanks for the project for enabling us to realize our potentials in the field. I play in the under 18 team. We are 35 boys from the village. During this August after school , we have been playing together with other teams and it has enhanced good morals, unlike before when I could be idle and play cards at the shopping centre. Most of the boys including me could be chased left, right and centre by the chief. I mobilized a group of boys to form football playing teams; this has helped shape our morals. I would like Robertson family Water to support us with shoes for playing football since we are exposed to prosopis Juliflora thorns believed to be poisonous. I would also wish that the field is leveled and also have permanent goal posts
My name is Beatrice Yator from Rabai Village; I am a mother to four children below 7 years. Four months ago some visitors came in my village and gave us mosquito nets. I later came to learn that they are from Robertson family Water. In this area malaria is very rampant, the most affected are children. I used to spend about kshs 1,500 to buy medicine since some are not available in the local dispensary. I could be forced to go to Marigat about 5 kilometers to buy medicine for malaria. The mosquito nets I had were not in good condition, allowing mosquitoes to bite my children. I was very glad to get the mosquito nets, I have not seen any malaria symptoms on my children, I know they are safe.