Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

House Assembly Begins

Panel forming quality improved with each panel made … controlling the variables.

All panels have been completed and most all “welded” together. Panels are chemically welded together with same structural foam materials. A very good bond.


For this house, a foundation is formed with the wood columns integrated, which will hold up the roof structure. In poverty housing situations, IDP and refugee camps (to save funds and speed construction to 2 days), the house will be assembled direction the ground, and then a floor installed within the walls of the house. This will in no way affect the performance, or life of the house.


Thanks again to IADDIC shelter for their help and support prior and during this trip, and the prototype construction.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Ground is Broken for the new Malava Well

The new well at the Malava home for orphans and school will serve over 200 children, faculty and staff upon its completion. Currently water is drawn from heavy silted and contaminated river some 1 ½ miles away …

                                             Breaking ground … cheered on by the children.

                                                        Well digging is nearing total depth … 
            this area’s clay is not as cohesive so additional culverts will be used to keep well walls intact.

                                                Culverts are being lowered into the well.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Chesamisi Well Completed

Final steps of the Chesamisi Well work over have been completed.

Concrete surface work area and well head mount in the final stages.

                                                Down hole pump bore lowered into well.

    Water production tubing comes next.

                                                         And final the pump plunger and rods.

A group from the 450 total students at the school come to the well opening.

This well work was funded by donations through Russian Radio 7 - 1010 AM, Portland, Oregon

On behalf of the Children, Faculty, Administration, & Staff of the Chesamisi School, 
the Wind & Water Foundation sincerely thanks the listeners of Russian Radio 7, Portland, Oregon, for their generous contributions and to Eugene Volosevych for his support.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Kitale Around Us ...

A variety of scenes from the Kitale area.

 Street Market Place

Forms of hauling lumber and charcoal 

 Morning visitors as they go from forest home areas to locations to scavenge for food.

 "virtual town tour"

Monday, September 23, 2013

Little Helpers

The Children of the Orphanage are eager helpers as well as mimicking many of the adults.

             Gabriel on his "cell phone".                                  

          Michael wielding a big hammer.

As we begin to work on the wood truss structure for the roof, the local lumber continues to be a challenge with its irregularities in size, and some severe bows & bends. “Stay Calm and Plane On”.

The Bishop has decided he would like the house directly inside the front gate, a real compliment, but requires moving some large piles of sand and rock ballast. No problem with good help from Daudi and Zachery.

The house will be painted for weather protection and appearance. A color similar to the clay soil houses will be used to resemble the typical construction in order for it to be “accepted” … sort of a Swahili HOA you might say.

It has rained every day but only in the late afternoons and with heavy cloud build up as a 30 min warning sign. It helps cool off the days though, and we've adjusted our work schedule to account for this timing.

Door panel and a window panel completed

Light weight individual panels ... a plus to construction / assembly.

Two panels chemically “welded” together to create side wall. This welding process will be used for all connections to increase strength and insure weather tight construction.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Chesamisi School Well - Work Continues

The well has now been completely worked over and a steady flow of water fills the bottom 5 feet of the well. The walls of the well have been shored to insure continued lengthy use of the well, and clear water.

Next steps are to “re-assemble” the well; constructing the concrete work area at the surface, including mounting location for well head and pump operation handle.

First steps of surface work area and mount for well head.

              Rains blow in rather quickly requiring us to wait for another day to finish.