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Sanitation + Energy = Sanergy!

Edited by Xizi Ling (GIZ)
Sanergy is a NGO led by international and Kenyan students, that aims at building sustainable sanitation in urban slums. The groups aims to generate renewable energy through providing clean sanitation services in countries that desperately lack both. They build and franchise low cost sanitation centers to local entrepreneurs in previously unreachable urban slum communities. The waste, from their network of sanitation centers, is transported to their centralized processing facility. Using proven technologies, waste are converted into electricity and organic fertilizer which can be sold to the grid and the commercial farms. They also build low cost toilet for less than 200 Dollars per unit which is a thin-shell pre-cast concrete assembly. See also links below.

Video on how the sanergy sanitation system works?

Turn on the lights from Ani Vallabhaneni on Vimeo.

It consists of a number students from MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambrigde, USA and other motivated Kenyans.

Through each action, Sanergy creates jobs, opportunity, and profit, while simultaneously addressing serious social needs and tapping a market potential of $25M in Kenya alone.
MIT Sloan school, Babson College and many motivated Kenyans. The MIT Sloan School of Management, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), is one of the world’s leading business schools — conducting cutting-edge research and providing management education to top students from more than 60 countries.

Read more about Sanergy related to Ecosan on their new blog http://saner.gy/ and the old one http://kenyasanergy.blogspot.com/. Kenneth Owade from Sanergy had also participated in the ecosan workshop last year in Nairobi. See a few examples of their great work here:

Lunga Lunga! Hip Hip Hooray!
Flying toilet? NO!!!   Eco-toilet?    YES!!!
Pilot site of UDDT been constructed in Lunga Lunga! Our toilet in Lunga Lunga is on the grounds of a Bridge International Academies school. Bridge is a social enterprise that’s building low-cost (i.e., $4/month), high-quality private primary schools in the slums.

New Sanergy Toilet at the school 
The squat plate lifts up for easy access to the collection barrels
Click here to the gallery! 

Painting Kibera Blue
Another eco-toilet has been built in Kibera!
See how the toilet comes into reality:

 Before: A lack of waste management has turned Kibera into a landfill

 After: Ready for business!
More photos? Click here! 

Pedal Powered Poop Pump
Worlds first pedal powered poop pump:
The Sanergy Cycle -- A better way to empty pit latrines.


The launch of the CLTS campaign "ODF Rural Kenya by 2013" on 11th May 2011

Edited by Trevor Surridge (GIZ)

The Ministry of Public Health & Sanitation (MoPHS)'s National Sanitation Strategy envisages to declare rural Kenya as Open Defecation Free (ODF) by the year 2013. The impressive progress made since last year under the ongoing Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) campaign in Western and Nyanza Provinces has demonstrated that this ambitious target is very achievable. However in order to achieve this ambitious target and meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) a dramatic and rapid up-scaling of the successful projects in Western and Nyanza Provinces needs to take place throughout the entire country.

Realising that up scaling CLTS over the next two and half years will not be possible with a "business as usual" approach, the Ministry of Public Health & Sanitation is establishing a National CLTS Coordination and Knowledge Management Hub with the assistance of UNICEF, SNV and other partners. The Honourable Minister for Public Health & Sanitation, Mrs. Beth Mugo will lead the inauguration of the hub at Afya House, Nairobi on 11th May 2011 at 9.30am. Dr. Kamal Kar, the pioneer of CLTS (Community Led Total Sanitation) globally, will also be present.

After the inauguration of the coordination hub, the the "ODF Rural Kenya by 2013" campaign will be launched by the Ministry  at the Silver Springs Hotel between 11am and 2pm also on the 11th May 2011. The Honourable Minister for Public Health & Sanitation, Mrs. Beth Mugo accompanied by Dr. Kamal Kar will launch the campaign followed by a media debriefing.

Please contact John Kariuki at  (jgkariuki@yahoo.com) or Samuel Gitahi (sgitahi@unicef.org) for any further information you may require. For further information on CLTS have a look at the CLTS website at: http://www.cltsfoundation.org/.


Eldoret Education Centre UDDT toilet - update

See the picture of the Eldoret Education Centre provided by Moses Wakala on 2.May

Back view of toilet block with 1 urinal and 3 toilet doors


Ecosan stakeholders training workshop

Edited by Trevor Surridge (GIZ). Information was provided by Moses Wakala.

An Ecosan stakeholder training workshop was held on the 25th March 2011 in Kakamega at the Lake Victoria North Water Services Board (LVNWSB). It was organised and conducted by the company of Ecosanity (Moses Wakala wakala.gtz@gmail.com) in conjunction with the Western Water Company.  The workshop was well attended with Local Leaders, Political Leaders, Public Health Officers, teachers, members of the Ministry of Education, Provincial Administration and Lake Victoria North Water Services Board staff in attendance.

A number of PowerPoint presentations were given to the workshop attendants and each of these presentations was followed by a group discussion. The training was deemed to be a success by the facilitators who said that the Ecosan technology was embraced and that it could be offered as a Sanitation alternative to the local communities.  

Workshop program of Ecosan stakeholders training workshop.

Participants of the workshop at LVNWSB office.

Location of Kakamega (Western Province).


Chief Mutsembi Primary School - update on the UDDT construction

By Moses Wakala, ecosan expert and entrepreneur (wakala.gtz@gmail.com). Edited by Trevor Surridge (GIZ)

Since the last blog post in late February 2011 (http://ecosankenya.blogspot.com/2011/02/chief-mutsembe-primary-school-ecosan.html), a small tender has been granted to Moses Wakala to complete the toilet construction (double vault UDDTs) at the Chief Mutsembi Primary School.  Funding for the completion of the construction of 4 units has come from RODECO Consultancies GmbH through the Western Water Company and Lake Victoria North Water Services Board (LVNWSB).

The photos below show the construction progress that has taken place.

Construction of toilet on top of old septic tank.

View of backside of a double vault UDDT construction.
2 toilets doors and one urinal.

Masons are at work. On the right side you see a urinal section.

Urine storage chambers are well accessible from the front side.

Front view of the almost finished structure.

Side view of the UDDT.

Second set of 2 UDDTs and a urinal under 
construction at the school compound.

Location of Mutsembi School is close to Kakamega.
(Note: The pin marks are from other ecosan projects in the area)


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