February 4, 2015
I am continuing fund raising efforts and Kadri and her Rotary Club of Nairobi East team members are continuing to develop the project budget and other information needed to file our Global Grant Application. As with my previous global grant experiences, timelines require adjustments for various reasons and application filings and project completion dates shift. We should be ready to file our application near the end of February which gives me a little more time for fund raising.
I have attached the first three pages of our draft grant application so you can read about project specifics and how our project has expanded to address both water and sanitation. Clean water without adequate sanitation facilities still leads to major health issues.
Again, Thank You for partnering with us on this life changing project. After we file the application, I will be requesting that you mail contribution checks (payable to The Rotary Foundation) to me at 20 Presidential Path, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716. I will send them to The Rotary Foundation after receiving a check from each partner listed in our application.
If you have questions, please let me know.
January 7, 2015
Good news to report! As stated in my last update, we recommended finding an alternative location for our project and we have found one. Our Nairobi-East Team evaluated five schools to determine if one was suitable for our project. The team completed telephone interviews with the schools, selected Kivagala Secondary School as the best candidate, and then visited Kivagala School on December 27th to confirm their decision.
I am continuing fund raising efforts and Kadri and her team members are developing the project budget and other information needed to file our Global Grant Application. We plan to file our application around February 1st.
Thank you for partnering with us on this life changing project. After we file the application, I will be requesting that you mail contribution checks (payable to The Rotary Foundation) to me at 20 Presidential Path, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716. I will send them to The Rotary Foundation after receiving a check from each partner listed in our application.
By the way, we have not forgotten about Rakwaro Village and their need for clean water. We intend to address their needs after some land ownership issues are settled.
If you have questions, please let me know.
October 31, 2014
Our Nairobi-East Rotary Club Team visited the proposed site for our project on October 24 to continue with the due diligence process and I am thankful they did.
While visiting Rakwaro Village, Kadri (my primary contact) and her team learned the following:
1. The land for the project has not been transferred to become community land. It is still in private ownership.
2. The community does not have any active community groups and only one woman is engaged in economic activity. The sense of entrepreneurship is lacking.
3. There are no clear and distinct community leaders who can assume accountability for the project after completion.
4. The project will serve five extended families only. The initial proposal I received indicated the project would serve approximately 800 families ( around 5,000 People). I e-mailed the Rotarian who proposed the project seeking an explanation for the discrepancy.
5. Our team did not see any people in the age group 18-30, Kenya's largest population group. This would be the group we would expect to take over the project.
Base on these findings, Kadri, and I do not recommend proceeding with the project as originally proposed. We do recommend finding an alternative location with an existing sense of community and strong economic activities organized by a variety of groups.
As I mention in Update1, Kadri has been involved in 4 drilled well and 7 hand dug well projects. Her previous water project experience has and continues to benefit our project. She has suggested we consider placing the project at a rural secondary school. Kenya government offers free primary education. However, secondary education is very difficult to attain for most children due to cost.
A project of this kind at a secondary school would:
1. Allow the children to learn good agricultural practices.
2. Allow the children to learn about entrepreneurship.
3. Create jobs for the community.
4. Could help the school generate income and ease the burden on the parents.
Our project plan is solid and I ask for your patience and continued support as Kadri and her team search for a new location for the project.
If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.
P. S. Lesson Learned: Due Diligence is an important step in the grant process!
September 13, 2014:
Our Host Partner for our project is the Rotary Club of Nairobi-East, Kenya, District 9212. Rotary District 9212 includes Rotary Clubs in Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. My primary contact for the project is Kadri Humal-Ayal. Kadri and her team are doing an outstanding job with the due diligence and construction bid updates.
In my letter to you requesting support, I stated we would have a revised budget by September 1st. We learned during the due diligence that the hydrogeological survey completed in 2012 was invalid and that we would need to do another survey. Kadri has requested her club's board to approve allocation of funds for a new hydrogeological survey. We need to complete the survey before we can ask for well drilling bids.
I will be working with Kadri to establish a new project timeline and will include it with my next update. Thank you for supporting our project. You are making a difference in the lives of 800 families in the village of Rakwaro Kalem.
By the way, Kadri and I are now Facebook friends and while viewing her Facebook page, I saw a few pictures of her near a well drilling rig. Kadri has been involved in 4 drilled well and 7 hand dug well projects. Her previous water project experience has and will continue to benefit our project.
EClub7500 has teamed with Rotarian David Legg who has coordinated two Biosand Water Filter Matching Grant Projects in Lima, Peru. David has personally visiting Lima and saw firsthand the results of the efforts to provide clean water to those in need. He has proclaimed, "We did make a difference!"
David is now coordinating a water project in Kenya has reached out to eClub7500 for support in his efforts. EClub7500 has pledged a financial donation which will used to make a difference in the lives of 800 families living in the Village of Rakwaro Kalem, Kenya.
Rotary District 7500
2014-15 Rakwaro Kalem Village, Kenya Water Project
Matching Grant Pledge Form
The Rotary eClub of District 7500Rotary Club pledges $1,000.00for support of the 2014-15 Rakwaro Kalem Village Water Project and agrees to be listed as a co-sponsor in the Matching Grant Application.
Timothy J. Robinson
Note: If responding by e-mail, typed names on signature lines will be accepted as authorization.
No funds should be sent to The Rotary Foundation prior to official Trustee approval.
Upon approval, you will receive instructions from David R. Legg, Project Coordinator, detailing how and where to submit your contribution checks. Checks must be made payable to The Rotary Foundation.