2018 Goals for IAGI's Give Back Program

We have exciting news from Colorado and for Onjinyo! Two pond liners and a collection of desks and school supplies have been sent out to Onjinyo, Kenya to help with building a flow through system to irrigate earth gardens.

This will be a more cost-effective solution than aquaponics that will be more easily reproducible and be much more manageable from both an equipment standpoint and a maintenance standpoint. The agriculture style is much more similar to what is already practiced in Kenya, which will allow them to utilize their native knowledge to the fullest in producing their own food.

Philemon’s trip to Colorado was very productive, as we were able to make a solid plan for action moving forward so that we can continue working toward our goal of helping the Kego Orphanage be able to feed itself and become self-sustaining. The earth gardens will also serve as a science lab where the children can learn hands-on lessons about science, and once they start producing food they can also learn first-hand about economics.

We have the well and tank in place and now need to get the funds together for the build out phase of the system.  Sustainability in the long term is the key condition of making this work. We need 100% buy in from the administrators and children that we are committed to building a system that can be managed by KEGO to function as a small business and utilize the local supply chain economics of hotels and markets to fund the costs associated with fish feed and power.  These are the two drivers that will need to be investigated, documented and understood to make this work long term.

We are asking all IAGI Members and all Companies involved in geosynthetics to find a place in your heart for KEGO.   By helping Rippling Waters with this keystone project we can help these beautiful children find their own path to sustainable living. The outline of the program is to make this a system that can be built anywhere in the world using local materials as much as possible while creating an opportunity for the children to learn from the ground up how to sustain themselves and their families. 

We would ask that you donate a percentage of your profits from the strong year in geosynthetics to the Rippling Waters Charity at and be a part of the 2018 push to continue the work we have already started and watch the children build their own future. We have a PayPal account for your credit cards and can take checks at the address listed. If you need more information please contact John Heap at [email protected].

Current completed works in the first 2 years of the IAGI GIVE BACK PROGRAM AT KEGO:

  • Established a budget of $3,000.00 US per month for food, salaries and support at KEGO
  • Re-built the cafeteria with new sheet metal and poured concrete on floor
  • Purchased, cleared and fenced a 2 acre property for the Aquaponics
  • Received a $30,000.00 donation from the Wayside Nazarene Church to drill the well
  • Received donations to fund the tanks and piping systems for storing and delivering water

Thank you for taking the time to review this and we truly appreciate your support of sustainable education and economics for the children who need it most. Remembers, even the smallest donation will create a ripple that can change the world!

All the best,

John and Suzi Heap

[email protected]

+1 (303) 841-2022


The plan at KEGO is to train the children how to raise their own protein and greens while using the system as a real-world lab for science, biology and physics. When we get this system in place at KEGO and prove the concept we will then branch out to assist other orphanages and communities with the development of a sustainable and environmentally friendly way of feeding themselves. Through your donations and support we fully expect to make this a reality for KEGO in 2018.

Starter Trays for gardens