GlobalGiving will match by 30% any money donated to this project on March 16. Please mark this date in your diaries as we still need to finish the existing structure; It needs a paint job, floor tiles, glass for the windows (to keep dust out), a work table, cabinets, a refrigerator and stoves.
Once we get this done, we can build the upper floor and a filter system to treat the liquid effluent as it is impossible to attach the biodigester to a sewer.
Thanks again for your support.
KWENCH's biodigester project is now listed on the Global Giving UK Christmas Challenge. We have one month, starting on the first of December, to raise additional money for the project.
At this point, the bathrooms are complete with functional hot showers and toilets. Once we open the bathrooms to the public, the biodigester will begin to generate methane for use in the kitchen. We expect it to take about 3 months for enough methane to accumulate to start using the kitchen.
We still need additional funding for finishing the kitchen, including buying the stoves, refrigerator and sink; putting terra cotta on the floor so that, if water gets on the floor the women won't slip and fall; and painting the interior.
We also want to build the upper story, which would enable women to sell fast foods to people meeting upstairs of the kitchen. This would add a lot of income-generating value to the project as women would be able to use less methane to produce more food. We also want to build a filtration system so that we can clean up the liquid from the biodigester on site. We have a design for the filter system that would produce drinking-quality water without having to transport the effluent to a treatments plant!
It would be great if you could contribute additional funds to our project during the Christmas Challenge. These finishing touches will really increase the value of our project to the community. Please look for our project at:http://www.GlobalGiving.co.uk
Our contractor disappeared from the project site for 5 months but now he's back. We hope that all the construction-related work will be done by the end of this month and that next month we will finish all the "extras" - water heaters, appliances, cabinets and painting. Then on to looking for money for phase two - construction of an upper floor where people can meet and eat food prepared by the women using the kitchen!
Thanks again for you support and please continue your generosity.
Yesterday, UNICEF delivered two, 5,000-liter, donated water tanks to the KHDP site. The project is going very well.
Kara Wevers and Gerald Cook visited over a dozen GlobalGiving projects in March of 2009.
"Constance Hunt, the founder, director and only staff member of KWENCH, allowed us to spend a few hours with her during our visit in Nairobi. She took us to visit her current project on GlobalGiving, where construction is underway for a creative, sustainable, eco-friendly building. Once finished, this building will have toilets, showers, a kitchen, and, hopefully, a community room in which to gather and hang out. The stoves in the kitchen will run on the methane gas collected from the sanitation system’s processes. It is a really innovative set-up. It was great to actually see people working on the building while we were there. It should be up and running within a matter of time.
The location of the building is especially exciting, as it is on the grounds of a school in one of the Nairobi slums. The headmaster was full of hope and smiles as he walked us through the construction site. The location of this site means that the school children will have the opportunity to use the new sanitation facility. Constance also hopes that this will become a spot where the community can gather, where women can use the kitchen to open a small restaurant on the second floor and earn an income this way. It is a great concept, and I hope it works out as planned."
"Today Kara Wevers and I visited “Kwench,” globalgiving project #1761, “Ablution block and Kitchen for 500 in Nairobi Slum.” We met Ms. Constance Hunt at her church. She was an amazing, quirky, American woman who has decided to stay in Kenya to build toilets and other facilities for impoverished schoolchildren. Upon meeting us we got into her vehicle and she began to lead us out into the field.
She led us into the heart of one of Nairobi’s largest slums. We passed by small shack after shack, small alleys and roads packed full of people. We saw fingers pointing and voices shouting “MUZUNGU!” (white person) as we passed. We visited two schools where Ms. Hunt had built or was building water facilities.
“Sanitation,” she explained, “is very important.” As we watched the construction of a structure that would house toilets, showers, stoves, and other facilities, she described for us how people now are using “flying toilets.” Apparently people defecate into small plastic bags, the type you might get from Wal-Mart, and then simply throw them out the window of their shacks onto the street!
Ms. Hunt is working on educating people on the health perils associated with this practice while also building facilities so that they are able to remain sanitary. She seems to be an expert in water and sanitation and described for us how EVERYTHING within the construction site was environmentally friendly and helpful for the community. The methane from the toilet waste was even to be converted into energy so that less charcoal (which is very dangerous to health and the environment) would be used.
Ms. Hunt was kind enough to introduce Kara and I to two school headmasters, and she watched as we played with the children and enjoyed ourselves. Constance Hunt is an amazing woman doing amazing work, almost entirely on her own."
When asked what they would tell their friends about this project, Kara said it was "Good" and Gerald said, "Great, they are making a difference!"
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