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Ongoing Projects

Amazing Grace Orphans and Widows Care Center

Ongoing Projects

These are the current projects at the center:

A) Puralytics Solar Bag Project
B) Dormitory Cistern Project
C) Dormitory to house some of the widows and orphans
D) Sewing Project

 

A. Puralytics Solar Bag Project 

Eve Olero at left and Anderson Olero at right with 3 of the widows that will be using the solar purifying bags

One of the greatest challenges in most parts of Kenya is to have a clean, safe and sustainable water source.   While returning home to the center from the US last month, Anderson carried 10 solar water purification devices that were purchased by a sponsor donation.  The device is made by Puralytic (https://puralytics.com/solarbag) and consists of a solar device within a durable plastic bag that, when exposed to the sun, purifies 1 litre of water a day.  While the center provides both well water and rain water to the widows, these bags allow the widows to also safely purify local pond water. Without these bags, the water is normally treated by boiling and the use of chemicals.  Anderson presented solar bags to eight of the widows, provided them a training session, and is participating in a study by Puralytics that analyzes the bags ease of use.  The bags are expected to last one year.

 

 

B. Dormitory Cistern Project

Since Anderson Olero’s visit to First Baptist is delayed until the fall, the missions committee recommend the initiation of a Dorm Cistern water capture project at the Amazing Grace Orphans and Widows Care Center.  One of the greatest needs in the world is clean water and Kenya shares that need.  The center currently has a shallow well and a 10k liter cistern on the Olero home roof.  The well provides slightly salty water used for cooking and washing while the small citern provides the drinking water.  A picture of the current cistern is shown below:

The Dorm Cistern project connects two new 20K liter cisterns to the massive dormitory roof (shown above) to collect rain during the rainy season.  The rainy season occurs in the spring while the summer and fall are the dry seasons.  During the dry season, the collected water would be consumed by the center and sold to nearby residents to help fund the center.

The cost of the Cistern project is about $2700 for the 2 cisterns, cement pads, bricks, gutters and labor for the installation. The actual estimate for the Cistern Project is shown below. The FBC Mission Committee has agreed to provide $500 seed money for the project and we will rely on contributions to the Olero Ministry designated fund for the rest of the funding.   With Gods blessing, we would like to start building in August of this year.

Item Cost
Cistern Project Estimate
Cement 10 bags @1200 12,000
Bricks 1000@10 10,000
Sand 1 lorry@ 7000 7,000
Two parallel gutters on both ends @14,00O 28,000
Two 10,000 liters water tanks @70,000 140,000
Two water taps on both tanks @3500 7,000
Water treatment liquid@ 2000 2,000
Transportation costs for all items @10,000 10,000
Labor charges for the whole construction and installation @15,000 15,000
THE TOTAL COST TO LAY THE TANKS 231,000 Ksh
   ($2650)

 

C. Dormitory for Widows and Orphans

 

 

On November of 2014, the construction of a dormitory designed to house 7 widows and 12 orphans was completed on the Amazing Grace Orphans and Widows Care Center site (picured above).  This has been an answer to prayer that was initially dreamed by Pastor Raphael Olero decades before in reponse to the Aids epidemic that has left so many orphans and widows in Kenya. 

The dormitory building consists  of 7 bedrooms, a great hall, 2 public bathrooms, a store room and a living space for a care taker.  The walls of the building are stone, the interior walls plastered and the roof is composed of iron sheets.    All of the rooms have electic lights and outlets.

In October, half of the center was furnished.  The pictures below show the type of furnishings found in the 3 rooms.

 

On November 30, 2014 the dormitory was dedicated.  First, there was a celebration of Pastor Raphael Olero's life in nearby Kondu at a church where Pastor Rapael's had frequently preached.

 

After the service in Kondu, the celibration moved to the Amazing Grace Care Center for a dedication of the new dormitory.  There, the widows, orphans, center staff, local clergy and community leaders united for a service that dedicated the dormitory to God's work to support those in the community that have no voice due to their circumstances.  After the service, the plack mounted on the entry way to the dormitory that memorialized Pastor Olero's work was unveiled.

The following section records the completion of various of phases of the dormitory.  The dormitory was built in three phases.  Phase 1 and 2 are complete, while phase 3 is ongoing.


Phase 1)                                                                 Completed    
    - Foundation                                                                 2011


Phase 2)                                                                  Completed
    - Walls completed                                                   Sep 2012
    - Lintels (top of walls) completed                               Dec 2012
    - Roof timbers completed                                         Jan  2013
    - Iron sheets for roof completed.                                Mar 2013
    - Windows and Doors                                               Jun 2013 
    - Great Hall Roof                                                      Apr 2014 
    - Glass in windows                                                   Apr 2014
    - Grand Hall Furnishing                                           May, 2014 
    - Plastering walls                                                     Aug 2014 
    - Electical conduits, lights, outlets                             Oct 2014
    - Furnishing 4 bedrooms                                           Nov, 2014
      
 Phase 3) Future
    - Furnishing 3 bedrooms and office                                         
    - Bathroom


The following diagram shows the original building elevation and the layout.  The plan was modified to have a peaked roof, 6 rather than 8 bedrooms, the kitchen was moved outside and the front veranda was replaced by a living space for the care taker.

Each room is equiped with a 220 V outlet, and electric light with a wall switch.  The great hall has switch operated bulb and flourescent lights (at left and center).  The picture at right shows the switch in one of the rooms.  While the entire buidling is now wired, there is a breaker box designed to turn off the power to the currently unused wing of the center.

Since the construction of the dormitory is rough cut stone and brick, most of the interior walls are also rough and needd to be plastered over to make them smooth and create an inviting room.  Accordingly, during the summer of 2014 the walls were plastered, with the completion in August 2014.  Note that floor of the center is a red painted cement that was covered in excess plaster (picture below at left)  as the plaster was applied to the walls.  Once the plastering was complete, then the floors were cleaned the the red floor was again seen (picture at right). 

The picture below shows the new great hall roof, the glass windows installation and external plastering.

Here are several past picture of the construction.

In June and July of 2013 year, $820 was sent to the center to install windows and doors to the dormitory. In August, the doors and window installation was complete The picture directly below shows the side of the building and the next pictures shows the end of the building. If you take a close look, you can see the windows.

In Janary 2013, $2000 was sent to the center for the starting the center roof.  With that money, the timbers were attached to the lintels (the top of the walls).    The roof can be see in the picture below.  Early in February, $1890 was sent to the center to buy the metal sheets that are attached to the timbers to finish the roof.

Foundation construction (2011):  The trenches that were dug by hand for the stone foundation. The picture below shows workers placing bricks in the trenches along with rebar for strength.

 

Once the Brick foundation was complete, then the entire concrete floor were poured.  In order for the concrete not to crack, the children of the center poured water on the concrete to slow up the drying process and prevent cracks.

D. Sewing Project

During the May trip by Mark Deuser and Travis Humburg returned home with a Communion table cloth made by the sewing shop associated with the center. This beautiful and symbolic communion table cloth was first used in a First Baptist Church communion service on July 6th. The table cloth features rich purple cotton cloth with 8 embroidered white doves and a central cross. The dove symbol is also prominently featured in the stained glass window in the FBC sanctuary. The sewing shop is managed by Eve Olero, wife of the late Pastor Olero. The shop employs one of the widows and uses no electricty. The dove embroidery was designed by Anderson Olero, the late Pastor Olero's son and current center Director.