KITUIUNI COMMUNITY WATER PROJECT PHASE II
|After much hesitation, Simon finally made the trip to Kenya but only after ascertaining that the political situation there, which had previously flared up following a flawed presidential election, was safe. It was quite encouraging to learn that the people in the area he was visiting had not been much impacted by the crisis although some of their relatives who lived in some of the affected areas had been displaced due to the violence and had to seek shelter with relatives; friends or with the emergency agencies.
On arriving in Nairobi, the immediate task was to have the $18,000 water grant from the International Foundation, converted into the local currency and deposited with the Project’s Bank account for safe custody. One of the ironies of the Kenyan crisis was the surge of the Dollar whose value had previously been on a consistently downward spiral vis-à-vis the Kenya Shilling, and had fallen to somewhere below Kshs.60 to $1. With the onset of the crisis and the flight of tourists, coupled with travel cancellations to Kenya, the value of the dollar suddenly begun to gain on the Kenya shilling and was able to get an exchange rate of Kshs 70 shillings to $1. The small gain, as a result of the currency fluctuation, was therefore a sort of windfall to the program and was a welcome eventuality.
Needless to say, the community was extremely thrilled with this funding for the Water Project for they had started to despair whether Phase II, which was the most critical of the whole Project, would ever get off the ground.
APPOINTMENT OF A NEW WATER COMMITTEE
The committee and the community members are taking an active role in the implementation of this second phase of the Kituiuni Community Water Project (also known as “The Linda Daghlian Memorial Water Project”) by providing unskilled manual labor and locally available materials.
Second Phase will include the piping of water to the designated areas (Institutions and homes) in order to benefit the community. Kiosks and Storage tanks will be constructed in the tail end of the project funds allowing.
The committee was made up of the representatives of the various villages targeted to benefit from this project, and out of this group a five member steering committee was elected for the purpose of planning and providing the logistics that would assure a smooth implementation of this Phase. They are charged with the responsibility of securing material for the project and maintaining proper records of the project expenditures and producing progress report of the Project. They will develop rules and regulation for the labor, local material procurement and tools contribution which all the beneficiaries will be expected to follow not as imposed legislation but rather as a social obligation.
The steering committee:-
1. Michael Maundu
2. Francis Kilavi
3. Julian Vincent
4. John Mutheke
5. Pius Kimatu
The Second thing to be done was the measuring of the distances through which the pipes would be laid down along the various villages, in order to determine the number of pipes needed.
For the protection of the pipes, it was resolved they would dig trenches of two feet depth. Some of the Committee members offered to take the physical measurements of the actual distances.
A team of 8 worked for 2 days to got all the measurements together.
Here they can be seen at work. On completion of the second phase and construction of the water points Kiosks, community members benefiting from the water project would be asked to pay a nominal fee to be used towards repairs and maintenance of the project.
The third important thing that the committee did was to charge two of its members with the responsibility of traveling to Nairobi City and getting various quotations of the materials in order to determine which vendor to use and the final cost of materials needed to start the Project.
LINDA DAGHLIAN MEMORIAL WATER PROJECT PHASE 2 – PIPINGS