Karibu! Welcome!

Since 2004, EWB@ MSU's professional and student volunteers have worked with community members in Khwisero, Kenya to provide water and sanitation infrastructure at the district's 58 primary schools, making it easier for Khwisero's children to avoid waterborne disease and get an education.

In that time, the group has grown from a small club to one of MSU's premier student organizations, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund seven borehole wells, six composting latrines and a biogas latrine that serve thousands of community members.

Thank you for joining us as we continue to work hand-in-hand with local partners to make a difference in one small part of our world. As Western Kenya's limited internet access allows, we will update this blog while in-country with the successes, stories and lessons provided by our work.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

One Week Left

Team 3 (Katie, JJ, Rebecca, Aubrie) has one week remaining until they leave Khwisero to begin the journey back to Bozeman, and they are working hard to finish up the work we came here to do and tie up as many loose ends as possible in the time remaining.

Chris and I will remain in eastern Africa until November doing research and finishing up anything that the three teams were unable to finish while they were here.

The household survey is complete and we have approximately 750 questionnaires to bring back to Bozeman for analysis. The focus group training went very well, (thanks to Katie and Francis) and we now have 7 very bright and motivated facilitators waiting to conduct their first focus groups starting next week.

There has been a slight delay in the start of drilling at the final school, but we are expecting things to be underway at Ebuhonga Primary in the next 7 to 10 days. When that is complete, we will sign a contract for installation of the handpumps at all three schools and each school will host a celebration for the community where we formally hand over the projects to the respective water user committees.

Early next week we will be traveling to Kakamega with representatives of the Munyanza and Shirali Water Management Committees to negotiate pricing for their technical and management training sessions.

We premiered The Water Carriers in Khwisero yesterday to a small crowd of school management committee members from the 5 schools. We'll open it up to the general public on Saturday.

Things are getting a bit hectic as we approach the end of our trip this summer, but overall things are still going very well, and everyone who traveled this summer has performed admirably. Make sure you thank them for all their good work and dedication when you see them!

Check back next week for an update, and thanks for checking up on us.


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