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Realising the right to total sanitation in Nakuru’s slums (Kenya)


Titre : Realising the right to total sanitation in Nakuru’s slums (Kenya)

Pays : Kenya
Lieu : Kaptembwo and Rhonda low-income settlements of Nakuru Municipality

Date : January 2012 – March 2015

Many of us are used to having a toilet in our homes. Some of us have two or three. In the Nakuru slums, one toilet - a simple pit latrine - is shared by up to 240 people. Imagine what that must be like. Practical Action’s ambitious project, funded by Comic Relief, will improve the quality of life for slum communities of 190,000 people, by providing access to safe, hygenic toilets and hand washing facilities. In addition the project will establish mechanisms and capacity within local institutions to enable them to implement this approach in the remaining slums in Nakuru and more widely across Kenya.

* Working with local authorities and landlords Although the Municipal Council have set by-laws requiring all landlords to provide on-site sanitation, there is little incentive for the landlords to invest in their properties because the tenants are very poor and can only afford low rents. Providing landlords with access to loans and toilets appropriate to this situation will enable them to meet the sanitation requirements whilst still keeping rents affordable. To do this we are working with landlords, financial institutions and the private sector to develop new, affordable credit schemes and loan cost-recovery plans.
* Community health volunteers To support this, we will work with 140 community health volunteers, at least 100 artisans, and at least 20 pit emptiers who are all critical to making the system work effectively. Pit emptiers are predominantly young men who work emptying and cleaning pit latrines, constructing pit latrines or removing solid waste and blockages from latrines and drains. These workers provide a critical public service and yet currently face a myriad of problems. They lack both finance and awareness of appropriate technologies for sanitation. They suffer stigma and discrimination. Providing them with training to provide the services the community requires is a key part of this project. It will improve their own health, will enable them to provide an essential service to their community and raise their status.
* By the end of this project There will be no open defecation or flying-toilets in 4 out of 6 zones in the settlements (8 villages out of 13). 60% of residents have access to adequate on-plot sanitation (from 10%) and at-point hand-washing facilities (from 15%) and the communities have the organisational capacity and financial access to complete the remaining 40% after project.

Partenaire (s) : Umande Trust

Financement : Comic Relief

Practical Action

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