The most beautiful construction site in the world? (20/12/14)

I walked the 300 metres downhill of the Hospital yesterday to attend a site meeting on the Sanitation Project, and was delighted to see how quickly the excavation works on the treatment ponds are coming along.  Surely this is the most beautiful construction site in the world–how many sanitation projects overlook the Rift Valley, two volcanoes, and a vast expanse of sky?  Not that I’m biased.

Excavation works on the primary treatment pond, one of three large ponds which will receive raw effluent from the Hospital and Kijabe community and treat it until it is clean enough to safely discharge to the environment.

Excavation works on the primary treatment pond, one of three large ponds which will receive raw effluent from the Hospital and Kijabe community and treat it until it is clean enough to safely discharge to the environment.

This project is one of those win-win-win type projects.  It’s about long-term sustainability, both for Hospital operations and the surrounding environment.  It protects the water supply of nearby Mai Mahui, the town below Kijabe at the bottom of the mountain, from being contaminated by raw effluent from the Hospital.  It’s a major paradigm shift for the Hospital and Kijabe, moving away from having too-small and broken septic tanks to having a proper sanitation system.  It requires courageous leadership:  core infrastructure projects like sanitation, water and electricity are not sexy, cost real money, and if you do them properly most people won’t even know they’re there.  It’s an outstanding training opportunity and experience for our Kenyan staff:  a major project, run with robust project management practices, and our Kenyan staff are running the entire project.

I asked Shammah to give a short explanation of the construction site; here’s a short video of the site!

Kijabe Sanitation Project–Treatment Ponds Excavation from Andrew Steere on Vimeo.

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