We are finishing the first phase of the project and expect to be able to open it to the public within a few more weeks. The stands for supporting the stoves and the hand rails on the stairs are already complete. This week, we are completing the painting, the attachment of pipes from the biodigester to the stoves in the kitchen and installation of window grids for security. Then our local partner, the Kabiro Human Development Project, will exhaust one of their pit latrenes into the biodigester so that the biodigester will start to produce methane quickly. We hope to have enough methane to light the stoves at our ribbon-cutting ceremony, which we hope to hold in October.
Then on to phase two - construction of the rest of the upper floor meeting area and a filter system for the effluent from the biodigester.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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Kenya Water, Energy Cleanliness and Health Project
Nairobi, . - Kenya
Project Leader: Constance Hunt