Last week, we started construction on the biodigester ablution block and community kitchen. Work is progressing rapidly and we have been blessed by an absence of rain during the excavation and initial construction phase.
The community has asked us to add a second story to the project to serve as a meeting and eating facility. We are thinking of putting a television there (which most poor Kenyans lack). The people who work in the kitchn could sell samosas, mandozi and other snacks and soft drinks to people gathered there. This component is not in our current budget, however and more funds are needed to make it a reality.
The second story would make the project much more profitable for the community. Please be generous this Christmas season.
In Sincere Gratitude,
This past Tuesday we had a training session on financial management for the team from the community who will oversee the construction process and manage the project once it is built.
The session went extremely well. The trainers were well prepared and highly motivational. The trainees seemed very competent and excited to be part of the project. KHDP served tea and sandwiches at the break and everyone left with a smile on their face.
More good news! We have permission to start construction and plan to do so within the next week or so.
Thanks so much for your support.
We have hired an architect and begun the design work for the project. The initial design, which has already been approved by the Kabiro Human Development Project (KHDP) board of directors, includes an open-air, roofed meeting/eating facility and an office on the first floor, above the ablution block and kitchen. The project will include a rainwater harvesting system. Existing pit latrines on the KHDP site will be connected to the biodigester so that the latrines can stay cleaner longer and the biodigester can begin to generate methane faster (a certain amont of human waste has to accumulate before the methane can start to flow). We also intend to connect the biodigester to an existing sewer line so that exhausting the remaining waste will be quick, easy and inexpensive.
Next steps include a meeting with the current users of the facilities at KHDP to get their feedback on the design, then a meeting with the broader community in the informal settlement of Kawangware to inform them about the project.