• Here we go again!

    Well..  We're back at it for another 5 weeks.

  • Veggies For Sale!

    Gardens are young yet bountiful. The soil is producing amazing veggies.... Excited about the possibilities!
  • KACH, 2nd of July 2009

    So here is how KACH looks right now.  I't amazing to see how much work has been done since we were here last! Dr. K, the visionary behind KACH.

  • I Don't Know What To Feel

    Karambu told us to uncover our eyes, we did, and before us was KACH, a place we had last visited in October of 2008. The sight that lay before us had changed tremendously, where once sat a half finished building in the middle of a desolate, grass splattered field is  a roofed, windowed and doored home appearing to be minutes...

  • First look at KACH since October

    We made it to Meru last night.  Today, we saw KACH!!!  Karambu and Michele came with us and they insisted we closed our eyes when we got close.  They helped us out of the van, lined us up in the right direction and man!... ..we couldn't believe how much it changed!!  It looks amazing!  So close to be completed.  Martin...

  • Michele

    Michele is already back in Meru. Today, she saw the Amani Community Home for the first time since last Ocober and this is what she wrote us: "...I broke down and cried today when I saw Amani, it is so close to being finished! Plastered, white walls inside, tile floors, roof on, window grates up
  • Main building

    Skansen is an interior construction company from Londonwhich is in charge of the main building for KACH.They are over there right now and it'samazing to see how far it's come along!


    Here are the gardens now just a few short months after they were planted!!! It is incredible to see the transformation.  Karambu just sent these pics along with the news that they were selling their first crops!!! I feel goosebumps looking at them as sometimes it feels like our actions don't have an impact and this feels huge and immediate. I...

  • Last day of work! -JP

    Another emotional day, and another change of perspective..  I had to fight back the tears when the worker talk to us today (didn't want to let that happen in front of the "work crew"!!)  My thoughts on this project have been constantly changing since we got here and today, it seemed as if it all came together in my head. ...

  • Last day of work! -Mikey

    Well thats it! Today was our last day of work and it is also our last day in Meru.It is hard to believe what we have completed. JP and I were talking about our accomplishments as we looked at pictures from today and have to say it is a rad feeling realizing what we built from nothing. Not only did...

  • Lisa's plans

    Later this evening, Lisa introduced us to her "Plans" for the garden and land that will be responsible for educating, feeding, and providing income for the children of KACH. I realized it will be a big challenge to make it all happen, but what we were doing, even if it feels small, is making a difference in helping save and...

  • The rest of the crew is here

    Today, was pretty amazing with all sorts of stuff going on.  It was our first work day with Chad and Seth, and of course, since the slab and foundation are done, it was really easy!  Making all of our stories about how hard the work had been seem false. We have certainly moved onto a more technical aspect of the...

  • Slab, done!

    We completed the slab today!  Mikey and I were really excited as it was our goal to have it done before Seth and Chad got here.  The hardest part is over!! (we think..).  As soon as we pored and leveled the last wheelbarrow load of concrete, it started raining super hard.  We went into the KACH main building for shelter...

  • No machines

    Well we haven't used machines yet on this project, but I think our co-workers might view JP and I as their own personal cement mixers. We have been mixing cement like mad men, and even though the other guys we work with have been rotating, either by turn or by day, JP and I have remained in the same place....

  • Sledgehammers

    After 10 days, our hands were finally starting to get tougher but we used sledgehammers all day today and new blisters formed underneath the old ones.Break a handle? No need to run to Home Depo as long as you have a machette around!

  • Yes! A chain!

    Well today was really fun and exciting. We needed to fill the area where the slab was going to be with rock, in order to create a good surface for the slab to sit on. The best way to accomplish this was to create a chain, Yes! A chain is something I always wanted to do since I was a...

  • Community work day

    Today was a "Community work day" and we accomplished in one day what would usually take two. Community work day meant that friends we had made, plus friends of IPI volunteered their time to help. We finished constructing the 9x9 section of the foundation and began to prepare for the slab to be poured. It was once again difficult as...

  • 9X9

    All day, we carried heavy rocks and laid them in the ditch.  We're exhausted but it's cool to see it take shape.We had a couple of helpers come visit us today. 

  • More mixing

    More concrete mixing today...  As some of us continued to mix and to poor concrete into the trench, others were gathering the 9X9 stones that will go in, after the concrete has set. I think this illustrates fairley well how we were feeling at lunch today.Waiting for our ride at the end of the day.

  • Concrete mixing

    We finally finished digging out the trench for the foundation.  I was very happy to move on to something else until we started mixing the concrete manually... Most of the workers here know English but because of our different accents, it is still a bit hard to communicate with them.  I would say that they are very similar to the...