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.
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In anticipation of the completion of the first phase of this project, KWENCH has finished the plastering of the biodigester. Plastering ensures that the biodigester dome, where the methane accumulates, is both water and gas-tight. The work had to be done before the commencement of the long rains here in Kenya, because when it rains the biodigester dome, which is underground, can be flooded with groundwater. After a hard day of work on Sunday, the project was finished. Then the rain started!
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The U.S. Embassy, through its ambassador's self-help fund, has awarded a grant of US$4,000 to our local partner, the Kabiro Human Development Project. This grant is enough for us to finish the first phase of the project and open the project for use by the public.
We still need to raise money to complete and furnish the upper floor and to build a filtration plant for the effluent from the biodigester.
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With money from GlobalGiving, we have completed the construction of about a quarter of the upper floor of our Kawangware project. With paint left over from the Safaricom Foundation painting project, we painted the columns Safaricom green! This construction, complete with a heavy door and a strong lock, will prevent anyone from breaking into the project and stealing the stoves. Now we need to raise the money to buy the floor tiles, stoves, kitchen sink and refrigerator and to hire a carpenter to build a work table and cabinets for the kitchen. Thanks again for your support!
Thanks to Globalgiving, KWENCH has enough money to begin construction of the upper floor of our project. This will be a hall where people can meet and consume snack foods prepared by women's groups in the kitchen on the lower floor. We predict that having a place for people to consume food will add considerably to the ability of kitchen users to make money. We hope to eventually add a refrigerator for soft drinks and a television to the upper floor, once construction is complete.
For now, we are adding the section directly above the staircase so that we can ensure security and no-one can force entry into the building. Then, we will feel safe to install the stoves and refrigerator.
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