Afgelopen weken is de laatste hand gelegd aan het toiletgebouw. Omdat het aantal leerlingen op de Destiny Visionary school in zes jaar tijd hard gegroeid is, voldeden de sanitaire voorzieningen niet langer. Begin 2016 waren er slechts drie toiletten beschikbaar voor meer dan 300 kinderen. Dit betekende dat er sprake was van over gebruik, wat leidde tot slechte hygiënische omstandigheden. Het was daarom noodzakelijk dat we toekomstbestendige sanitaire voorzieningen zouden realiseren.
Dankzij de steun van de Goede Reede, Babel 31, Rabobank Vallei en Rijn, Wilde Ganzen, Rotary regio Veenendaal en vele anderen is het gelukt om 23.500,00 euro bij elkaar te krijgen voor een nieuw toiletgebouw. In de zomer van 2016 zijn we gestart met de bouw waarbij 8 toiletten, 4 douches en 8 wasbakken voor het wassen van de handen zijn gerealiseerd.
We willen alle sponsoren en donateurs zeer hartelijk bedanken voor hun bijdrage.
Vragen aan Kenneth over het resultaat
What were the original aims (objectives) of the project?
The original aim of the project was to improve the sanitation facilities at The Destiny Visionary School by putting up a modern toilet block with 8 toilets, 4 bath rooms and 12 hand wash basins. A soak pit for the waste generated and a hand dug well to supply it with water.
Did these aims (objectives) remain the same? Or was it necessary to change the aims of the project? If so, how were they changed? And for what reason?The aims largely remained the same although they were slightly altered.
In the beginning, we had plan to dig a hand dug well to supply the toilet block with water but we were advised against it because it was too close to the soak pit and therefore there was the risk of contaminating the water with the human waste sipping in through the underground rivers. The other reason was because there were gross underestimations of quantities in the bill of quantities. This arose out of a failure in oversight in counterchecking the bills presented to us. e. g For Roofing, the unit costs and quantity was properly captured but the total sum was not calculated hence the grand total was lower. On the costs for tiling, the estimated quantity was almost half of what the actual quantity ended up being. This was caused by the fact that the 3d images presented to us were done after the bills of quantities were prepared. So the consultant who drew the 3 d images was just creating an impression of an ideal toilet block and was not constrained by any costs.
What were the difficulties you had? What could not be achieved?
The difficulties we had was how to reproduce a complete replica of the 3d image we presented in our proposal because it was in consistent with the bills of quantities prepared. The problem was brought up by the fact that the bills of quantities were made from technical drawings and the one who drew them did not look at the bills of quantities. But we tried our very best to deliver on the project all the same. We could not construct the built in cup boards because they were not in the bills of quantities yet they appeared in the 3d images.
What are the true benefits they get from the project, now it is all ready?
The sanitation facilities in Likoni are not very good. A typical residential house is a big rectangular house with ten rooms measuring 10 by 10 feet. Each room houses a family of around 5 people. They all share a common toilet and bathroom. Many children have to come to school without taking a shower or visiting the toilet because of the pressure on the toilet use in their homes. Now they can come early to school and take a shower and visit the toilet if necessary
Does this project, now it is finished, cause extra day-to-day expenses for the work of your organisation? If so, what kind of expenses? In which ways (by whom)will these expenses be met?
There are extra expenses i.e. purchase of soaps and detergents and payment of a salary for a cleaner to among other cleaning jobs around the school keep the toilet block clean. These costs are all captured in the monthly fees that the community contributes towards. It is the duty of the schools management to educate the community on the importance of playing their part in paying for the running costs of the school and increase our efficiency in making the collections.
Which efforts does your organisation make to generate ever more resources (money and otherwise) for your work within your country, from users, the community, the government, wealthy individuals, and the like?
The official policy of the Government of Kenya on basic education is that it is free. However, government educational institutions have huge capacity constraints. Out of a school going population of 133,000 students in likoni, there are only 19 public schools with a capacity of serving only 19,000 students. This is what makes institutions like ours relevant. We supplement the governments lack of capacity to serve the children. On a level of responsibility, our institution is at the third level. The first level of responsibility being the parents’ / guardians, the second level being the governments’ and the third being our institution and other well-wishers. The effort we make to assist the community is to write proposals to institutions that fund education facilities and provide the facilities that the community can have access to. It is however our firm opinion that the community bears the responsibility of financing the running costs for these facilities. We therefore organize them and educate them to finance these activities.