Meet Joseph Wambura:
Joseph is our driver- shuttling us between our living quarters, our project in Komosoko, the market in Migori, and anywhere else we need to go. Besides his skills at navigating the less-than-ideal Kenyan roads, we also love Joseph for his excellent (if limited) taste in music.
Tuko pamoja - the ubiquitous phrase repeated over and over again, a sort of mantra of the Komosoko leadership and community meetings. We are together - a head teacher affirms with her leadership, the School Management Committee, belosi elders, chiefs, peacekeepers, church representatives, and community that their debates are not divisive, but that rather they must discuss and then operate as one.
This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for… The announcement of our next community and project for EWB Princeton’s Kenya Team! Due to the recent financial crisis with the exit of the tobacco company, Alliance One, and with the construction and maintenance of two large rainwater catchment systems, we determined that Muchebe is not ready to take on and maintain yet another project. To continue our planned assessment, we met with 7 local schools in the region over the past few weeks, and narrowed the search down to two: Kiburanga Primary School and Komosoko Primary School.
These past couple days have gone by in a blur. We’ve made a lot of progress on the implementation of our new rainwater catchment system. The concrete is curing, the gutters have been sealed, the trenches have been dug (some of us have blisters… well mostly Roan), and some pipes have been laid! We’re expecting to continue laying pipes, and the six ginormous water tanks should arrive early next week.
Habari friends! It’s been an exciting two days for our team here in Isibania.
Roman, our fundi, and the other workers finished laying the concrete tank foundation today. Just four days ago our 87 square feet foundation was still a dirt pit one foot deep. Since then the void has been filled with hardcore, murram and now a layer of concrete so that our foundation forms a platform one foot off the ground on the north side. This is a big progress step for us and we’re very happy that construction has stayed ahead of schedule.