After lots of hard work, we held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for this project on January 22 2013. The Finnish Ambassador and the Deputy Ambassador of the United States both attended. The event was punctuated by the dramatic arrival of the Deputy U.S. Ambassador's motorcade, girls performing a traditional Luya dance to welcome the visitors, a tour of the project and the presentation of a necklace and set of earrings made up of reused magazine pages to the Finnish Ambassador, Sophie From-Emmesberger by members of the KHDP Women's Goup.
There's still a lot more work to do - we want to build a filtration system for the effluent from the biodigester, complete construction of the upper floor meeting and eating space, and build a fence around the project to protect it from stray soccer balls. Your continued support is greatly apreciated!
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!