I am pleased to announce that our local partner, the Kabiro Human Development Project, is raising money to construct a security fence to protect the ablution block/community kitchen. They estimate the total cost will be Ksh500,000 and have raised about a third of that amount. They have already started to purchase construction materials.
Also, kindly note that JUNE 16 is a matching day for globalgiving. Any donations made on that date will be matched. We still need money to finish the ground floor of the project (appliances, floor tiles, paint and window glass) and to construct a filter system for the effluent from the ablution block and an upper floor where people can meet. The upper floor will add substantially to the value of the project as women cooking in the kitchen will be able to sell their products on site.
Thanks for your continuing support!
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.
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