We are almost finished with phase 1 of the project. We only need to do a few, small things to be ready to open the project to the public, such as finish laying tiles on the sides of the stairs and on top of and underneath the kitchen sink (see the photo, below), plastering the upper part of the walls in the staircase, building the handrail for the staircase, setting the stove burners on stands and connecting them to the biodigester.
Please stay with us as we steam towards phase two: completing construction of the upper floor of the project for people who want to meet and eat on-site and building the filter system so that liquid effluent from biodigester can be safely discharged into the storm water system rather than exhausted and trucked to a sewage treatment plant.
Thanks again for your support!
Dear Donors: KWENCH is still struggling to raise the money to get construction started on this project. We have now applied to the "Water of Life" program, a shared initiative of Diageo Africa and the East African Breweries Ltd. Foundation. This program provides up to 5,000,000 Kenyan Shillings for projects that will help East African countries meet the Millennium Development Goals for water and sanitation. The project we submitted is the construction of one biodigester ablution block with a slum light. The biodigester ablution block delivers human wastes from toilets to an oxygen free biodigester, where it ferments to produce methane. The methane will then be fed into a generator that will power a slum light - a very bright light on a tall stand that will illuminate a large area around the ablution block so that the ablution block will be safe for use at night - especially for women. The total budget is over Ksh 5,000,000 but we're hoping that KenGen, the national electricity generating company, will donate the methane generator and slum light. Happy New Year and thanks again for your support.
We still don't have enough money to begin implementation of this project, but we continue to approach potential donors with large grant requests. Meanwhile, one of our local partners, the Community Care Development Organization (CCDO), has offered to bring our proposal to the 12 Rotary Clubs in Nairobi.
Your support is greatly appreciated.
KWENCH has entered a Changemaker's competition to raise money for the Mathare project. To join the conversation about our project and to vote, just go to http://www.changemakers.com, click on the "competitions" tab, click on "empowering economic opportunity," and search for "water sanitation Mathare." Voting starts July 20 2011!
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