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May 12, 2011

Green House Updates

Green House
Green House

Dear Friends, Partners, Supporters,

We hope this finds you well. We are excited that what was once a dream is slowly but surely turning into reality with your support.  we have been able to complete the 1st phase of our project and are well on the way to completing the second phase of this great initiative that will help us to improve the nutrition of over 150 Orphans and vulnerable children that we serve and also the income of the staff that work so diligently to ensure that these children fulfil their potential. All this would not be possible without the support that you have given and continue to give. This is what we have been able to achieve thus far,

Phase 1. In this phase we were able to reinforce major weak points around the Acres of Mercy procurements inorder to secure the investments which we are procuring with your generous donations (Please read last months report for more details and pictures)

Phase 2: This phase is almost complete. We have been able to put up the greenhouse and set up the irrigation system , erect 2 metal water tank stands and also acquired 2 tanks that will store up to 6600 litres of water. See down below for what is required to finish the second phase 

IMPACT OF PHASE 2 ON THE COMMUNITY SO FAR

We have been able to create temporary employment opportunities for  5 local youth and one lady who takes care of 7 orphans and vulnerable children.

The youth were employed at a rate of $3.60 per day for 5 days.

We have contracted to pay the lady $ 42 a month to manage the routine daily activities required in the greenhouse

One individual has beeen trained in Maximizing Green house Production and is able to train others in the same.

Expenses Summary

Total Disbursed by March 2011 in US $- 4.085.75

Total Spent as at May 11th 2011- US $- 4,031.41

Balance as at May 11th 2011- US $- 55.34

To help us to achieve our goal of USD 11,000 please consider giving to this project once again. You can even consider giving to us on a monthly recurring basis till this project is fully funded. This would be of great help to us. 

Way Forward

WHAT IS NEEDED TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE PHASE II

  1. Water pump (Submersible) including piping- $ 330
  2.  Gutter Installation + Materials for Rain water Harvesting- $ 125
  3. Meter separation for consistent electricity supply- $ 365
  4. Plant Support System for effective trellising of tomato crops including Installation- $ 330
  5. Tomato crates for post harvest storage and transportation of tomatoes to farm- $ 75
  6. Weighing Scale and Bag- $ 35

Phase 3: Chicken Production 

Phase 4: Rabbit production

Phase 5: 2nd Greenhouse

With Gratitude

Jimmy Allan Oluoch

(Project leader)

Installation
Installation
Open Field and Green House
Open Field and Green House
Front Left View
Front Left View
Manually Filling Tank
Manually Filling Tank
Manually Filling Tank
Manually Filling Tank

Attachments:
Apr 4, 2011

Almost Production Time

The old gate
The old gate

We got disbursements on March 15th 2011 and so far the following is the report:- Green House: The first digging of the grounds have been done. We are working on taking samples from the portion of land for tests either at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute of Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services. To test for Nematodes, Fungi, and get the general health of the soil. We have paid Ksh 177,500 (USD 2165) so far for the greenhouse covering the whole Kit. We transport the Green House to Nguluni this week as well as purchase water tanks for extra water storage given its the rainy season. Security: So far we have constructed a better gate and are working on reinforcing major weak points around the portion we will be setting up the green house. Pictures are included of the old gate and the new gate. The work on securing the investment comes to Ksh 54,400 (USD 663). Total amounts used so far Ksh 231,900 (USD 2828) representing 69% of amounts disbursed so far.

New Gate
New Gate
Putting gate in Place
Putting gate in Place
Putting Gate in Place 2
Putting Gate in Place 2
Gate in Place
Gate in Place
Jan 4, 2011

Good Start to 2011

Happy New Year!

Thanking all our donor partners for helping raise more than 4,000 $ to secure a permanent spot on GlobalGiving. Once again we celebrate you!

Acres of Mercy (Msingi Bora Learning Centre) opened today. The children have reported to school and most of the preparations are in high gear for the 2011 academic year. 

We have sent out requests for quotations for a greenhouse  to satisfy our procurement checks and so far we have one in.

The plan is to start planting by end of February.

We will keep you posted on the progress as the weeks go by.

Thank you for being our partners in giving these children a firm foundation to build their lives on.

 
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