We have scheduled the opening of the first phase of this project for Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. The American Ambassador to Kenya, Robert F. Godec, is planning to attend!
We still need to raise funds for phase two, which will entail the completion and outfitting of the upper floor, construction of a filter system to purify the effluent from the biodigester, and the erection of a chain link fence to protect the exterior paint job from flying soccer balls. We also want to add a hygiene education component that will include painting of a mural on the exterior walls to stress the importance of hand washing after using the toilets.
Thanks again for your support.
We are finishing the first phase of the project and expect to be able to open it to the public within a few more weeks. The stands for supporting the stoves and the hand rails on the stairs are already complete. This week, we are completing the painting, the attachment of pipes from the biodigester to the stoves in the kitchen and installation of window grids for security. Then our local partner, the Kabiro Human Development Project, will exhaust one of their pit latrenes into the biodigester so that the biodigester will start to produce methane quickly. We hope to have enough methane to light the stoves at our ribbon-cutting ceremony, which we hope to hold in October.
Then on to phase two - construction of the rest of the upper floor meeting area and a filter system for the effluent from the biodigester.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated!
We began the finishing work on the first phase of this project in March. The first part of the work, pictured here, includes building the work surface and cabinets in the kitchen and laying the floor tiles. This work is now complete, but some small projects remain that need to be done before we can open the project for use, such as repainting the interior (the tile layers made a mess of the original paint job!), laying additional tiles on the work surface in the kitchen and on the sides of the stairs, completing the handrail for the staircase and installing the refrigerator and stoves. I'll send you photos of the interior as soon as this is all done and the project looks beautiful.
Thanks again for your support!