Thanks to Globalgiving, KWENCH has enough money to begin construction of the upper floor of our project. This will be a hall where people can meet and consume snack foods prepared by women's groups in the kitchen on the lower floor. We predict that having a place for people to consume food will add considerably to the ability of kitchen users to make money. We hope to eventually add a refrigerator for soft drinks and a television to the upper floor, once construction is complete.
For now, we are adding the section directly above the staircase so that we can ensure security and no-one can force entry into the building. Then, we will feel safe to install the stoves and refrigerator.
We have completed the painting and keying work at the biodigester. The painting is solar yellow and Safaricom Green, the color of the foundation that paid for the work. The keying is the finishing of the outside so that it looks smooth. We have also installed window panes (the glass has been purchased, but we want to wait until the project is ready to open before we install it because someone could break it). Check out the pics!
We painted the interior of the project with the Safaricom Foundation on December 7. Now we are planning to finish the exterior. We still need funding to place floor tiles, put glass on the windows, buy appliances (stoves and refrigerator), build cabinets and a work table and install a kitchen sink before we can open the project and provide jobs to the community.
Dear Donors: From October 12 to 21 2010, globalgiving will match all contributions to this project. Donations of $10 to $499 will receive a 30% match. Donations from $500-$999 will receive a 40% match and donations from $1,000-2,500 will receive a 50% match. Globalgiving will award a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds during this period and $1,000 to the project with the most donors. I hope you will support KWENCH during this fundraising drive. With the contribution from the Safaricom Foundation, we only need to raise money to finish the interior (floor tiles, window treatments, stoves, refrigerator, work table and cabinets) to have successfully completed the first phase of the project. The second phase will involve constructing an upper floor where people can meet and eat food cooked in the kitchen and building a filter system to clean up the effluent from the biodigester. Thanks much for your continued support.
The Safaricom Foundation, the corporate responsibility arm of the mobile phone company Safaricom, has decided to donate a paint job to our project! Their staff will buy the paint and paint the project along with staff from KWENCH. We are just in the process of arranging their first field visit to the project site.
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Kenya Water, Energy Cleanliness and Health Project
Nairobi, . - Kenya
Project Leader: Constance Hunt