We have just struck an agreement with our local project partner, the Kabiro Human Development Project (KHDP), to construct the upper floor on our project! KHDP is contributing ALL of the materials exept for the grills for window. KWENCH will have the grills made and provide the labour. This is a sign of true committment on the part of our partner.
We still need to raise money for the effluent filter system and the outside washing area for dishes and clothing, however.
I will continue to report our progress as the project moves forward.
Thanks again for your support.
With phase one of our projct complete, we are now looking for funding for the project's second phase. In this phase, we plan to increase the value of the project by completing construction of an upper floor eating and meeting space, building a filter system to clean the liquid effluent from the biodigester so that it can be safely discharged into storm water drains rather than mechanically exhausted, adding an outside washing area where people can wash clothes and utensils, building a security fence around the project to protect it from flying projectiles (soccer balls) and repainting the project exterior.
Phase 2 will cost Ksh3,241,657, or about US$43,222. Our full proposal to the Embassy of Finland, which provided most of the fund for the first phase of the project, is attached for more information.
Thanks again for your support!
The project is now in use! Our local partner, the Kabiro Human Development Project (KHDP), formed a management committee and hired a clerk/custodian to keep the project clean, collect payments for use of the toilets and showers and keep the books. The project is slowly earning revenue that will be used to purchase supplies such as toilet paper, soap and cleaning materials. As people become accustomed to using the project, we anticipate that the revenue streams will increase and it will become feasible to upgrade the existing facilities by buying a lockable cash box and installing a more professional desk and seat for the clerk, preferably behind a partition. While the biodigester is filling with human waste and the project managers are anticipating the generation of methane that will permit use of the stoves in the kitchen, KHDP intends to use the refrigerator to store soft drinks for sale to people who visit the project. Once the methane supply is adequate to fuel the stoves, the refrigerator will be used by the ladies who rent the stoves for cooking. The sale of soft drinks will move to a refrigerator on the upper floor once the upper floor has been completed.
We are drafting a proposal for the second phase of the project, which will include completing the construction of the upper floor meeting and eating space, building a filter system so that the liquid waste from the biodigester can be treated on site and released safely into storm water drains, constructing a washing area where people can use the water from one of our water tanks to wash clothes and utensils, building a security fence around the project so that it will no longer be pummeled by soccer balls and, once the fence is built, repainting the exterior of the project.
Thanks again for your support. The money raised through GlobalGiving has been invaluable, especially in the context of troubleshooting. We couldn’t have finished phase one without it!
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.
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