KITUIUNI COMMUNITY WATER PROJECT
PROGRESS REPORT CONTINUED
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The work of the Kituiuni Community Water Project went into high gear during the interim period since our last report. With a huge inventory of pipes along with other needed materials, purchased and delivered on site the main job turned into digging trenches and laying these pipes down and connecting them properly as well as assuring they were buried deeply enough to protect them from damage or possible vandalism. The work of overseeing this fell in the hands of the Project Advisor and Supervisor, John Mutheke seen here.
To date, despite the occasional challenges of organizing people and preparing them for different tasks, the water pipes have reached all the destinations intended in the 8 villages as well as the area schools and a local dispensary. What now remains is for individual households to have Ts installed from the main lines passing through their specific villages into their homes. This would be the responsibility of every household as individuals must assume a certain amount of cost sharing as a part of the principle of participatory rural development programs. In any event, for the Project to undertake to do everything without expecting some input from the beneficiaries would go beyond the scope of the original plan and the budget which had been impacted by inflation would fall far short of accomplishing what it had projected; which was bringing water within reach of everyone. Moreover, this very concept had been addressed initially and it was well understood that this is the way the project would proceed. In the few cases where a certain family was deemed too poor even to afford this minimal cost, then as it has always been the case, the community would come together to assist such a family or families.
The start of the project coincided with the visit of one of the Benefactors of KUSARD, INC who support its Food & Nutrition Program in St. Cecilia Parish, Kituiuni. As happens from time to time, our donors send delegates to visit the sites and assess the work being supported or funded by their communities. This was such a visit from the community of St. Therese in Succasunna, New Jersey. Fr. Joseph Davis, the Pastor of that Community was accompanied by a parishioner; Mr. Richard Preuss and the preparer of this report surmised a picture is worthy a thousand words and decided to include a few relevant photos of the visitors experience in the community as relates to the Water Project. But first a direct quote from Richard's trip diary:-
Fr. Davis and I arrived in Kilungu Parish on Wednesday June 18th where the community, led by Fr. Josephat Makau welcomed us. During our stay in Kilungu, Fr. Josephat took full responsibility of driving us from one stop to the next. We were able to visit various institutions in both Kilungu, Kituiuni and Kyale Parishes and had a very good time interacting and sharing with the people, learning a lot about the diversified cultural differences and values and the impact our community of St. Therese has made to the large community in Kenya, and more especially St. Cecilia in Kituiuni, Kenya where the Food Program Sponsored by St. Therese is located..
We were able to see some of the programs and projects sponsored by the donor community whose implementation has been made possible through a dual registered
We also visited the Linda Daghlian Memorial water project. This has been a long time dream of the community of getting clean water to their homes and institutions without damaging their backs due to the area topography. Its initial sponsor was the community of the Wayne (New Jersey) Presbyterian Church which facilitated implementation of the first phase, which covered construction of the intake, and laying of pipes over a distance of about 3 Kilometers. We found out The International Foundation was currently financing the Second Phase of the Project at a cost of Kshs 1,260,000 or USD 18,000. Despite the chilling cold breeze, we accompanied our hosts to the intake point down the steep slopes on a river between two ridges in Kilungu Parish near Fr. Mandina's upcountry home. We then headed to Mutanda Primary School where Fr. Davis officially opened and blessed the water for the community and the children to use. The water was left flowing to an existing brick water tank marking the end of long struggle for the school.
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We then went back to Kituiuni for the celebration of "Fr. Davis Day" where the entire community came out to celebrate our visit and wish us a safe trip home."
As can be seen the water project has reached an advanced stage but is not yet completed. This to be expected because of the slow pace things tended to take in the beginning. It was necessary to allow ample time to shop around and compare prices. Inflation has had a big impact on the original budget and all that could be done needed to be done to get the best possible quotations. Also transportation is not always readily available and everything simply takes time and often has to be done manually. However, once the work started its progress has been relatively flawless with the whole community being fully involved and excited about the success of their Project which they had, until intervention of The International Foundation, deemed a lost cause.
Because of the poverty and almost 100% unemployment in these rural communities, the Project provided fresh opportunities for individuals to earn some income for themselves and their families by working as skilled and unskilled laborers. They dug the trenches and helped lay the pipes then covered them with soil. The trenches had to be deep enough to avoid damage by domestic animals or even people.
With the work of the piping completed all but completed, attention is now turning to the work of the Storage Tank, which the community had determined should be done last after the water had reached the designated locations. To determine the best way forward, a meeting was held on August 27th 2008 to assess what had been accomplished and determine when the work of the Water Storage Tank could start and also to ascertain whether the funds remaining would suffice. The meeting was held at Kikoko Catholic Parish Office and those in attendance were:-
The main agenda for the day, was to assess where the work had reached and what way forward. But first the summary of expenditures to date was provided. In this meeting, the expenditures were broken as follows:-
So far Kshs. 660,765. 00 ($9,439.50) has been spend in the purchase of pipes and other related suppliers plus - the costs for skilled & unskilled labor - connecting the pipes and laying them down -
It was determined the cost of the Storage Tank would be Kshs. 442,600.00 ($6,322.86) - Work in progress. Construction of 9 Water Kiosks will cost Kshs. 135,000.00 ($1,928.57) - Work in progress
Total Project Grant Kshs. 1,260,000.00 ($18,000.00)-Total Expenditures to the completion of Phase II of the Water Project: Kshs. 1,238,365.00 ($17,690.93)
When all the work is completed a balance of Kshs.21, 635.00 ($309.07) is projected to remain and will be utilized for any contingencies that might arise before the whole project is finalized.
This progress report has also presented a total summary of what the grant money has done so far and how the balance that remains will be utilized towards the completion of Phase II of the Linda Daghlian Memorial Water Project.
END OF REPORT.
Simon Kimatu Maweu
KENYA/USA CHRISTIAN RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT, INC
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