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They moved in!

The building was finally finished enough to be able to move in! As they don’t have that much in goods (no room!), the moving didn’t take long to accomplish. It’s a castle compared to the old place, with plenty of room, running water, toilets, but the electricity… It seems the contractor was supposed to request …

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Almost moving?

In the meantime I’m back in the Netherlands… and in Kenya they still have been able to move. Ok, we’re used to delays, so this news should not really be a big surprise! We’re a bit further in time, and although the building is still going on – no moving yet. The workers have been …

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School trip

The trip was for a large part thanks to a generous gift from a friend and was a huge success! De bus ride to Paradise Lost in Nairobi was in itself an adventure. They were greeted by a guide and went for a tour of the fauna in the park, after which a visit at …

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Time is up (again)

In the meantime my month here has flown by. It was quite busy, with coordinating the building, the necessary backlog of bookkeeping, shopping for things for the kitchen and other things needed, taking pictures, as well as selecting them and putting them and the stories on the site, meeting and talking with all concerned in …

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Cleaning up the neighborhood

As chance would have it (or it was meant to be) I met several Australians and a Kenyan who started a clean-up group for the streets in the area (Kayole Mtaa Safi – “clean up the area of Koyole”). They are working their way through the streets once a week, using shovels, rakes, pick-axes, and …

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How important is the finishing work?

We are now getting to the point that the difference is becoming clear between building in a Western country and Kenya. As noted before, the building is well-done – it has a solid foundation, sturdy walls with heavy concrete pillars, and a good concrete upper floor. The differences are clear in the finishing. I have …

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After a week

In the meantime het railing is done on the stairs and on the balcony, most of the water lines are in, and electrician is starting with the wiring. The building is a good, sturdy structure, and safe. Much of that you don’t see. The foundation is very important for a good building, but is in …

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Back in Nairobi

As noted last time, we had to stop building because of lack of funds. This period also gave me a chance to regroup and get organized to go back to Nairobi, where I just arrived. It’s always good to be back and be welcomed by all the kids and those involved with Matunda, but also …

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And then we had to stop

It’s disappointing, and it wouldn’t be right if all went according to plan, but the costs have gone up clearly more than was planned for. We´ve seen this coming for a while, as it seems that the financial plan didn’t include a few necessary items, among other things the cost of the concrete floor for …

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We’re getting closer

Now it’s time for the roofs. The first was the wooden construction on the main building, with red metal sheets as covering.  The same is true of the kitchen, but the roof on the toilets needs to carry a large water tank that will be used for rainwater collection, so it’s made of concrete. And …

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