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Kenya: Water for all

Thanks to bio-centres like this one in Kangemi, school children and local residents from informal settlements now have access to safe, affordable sanitation facilities. This project will develop two similar bio-centres in Korogocho which will benefit around 2,000 people daily.

Funding target: £150,000

Year 1 of a 1 year project
In Nairobi, almost two million people live in informal settlements or 'slums' where poverty is rife, and disease rates are high. With your help we can provide water and sanitation facilities for thousands of vulnerable people.

About the project

This project builds upon the success of Oxfam's urban programme work in Nairobi's informal settlements, launched in 2009. We will set up affordable water and innovative sanitation facilities, which will be managed by the community - and also provide communities with the information and skills needed to empower them to demand government support to bring about profound and lasting change.

With your support we aim to:

  • Improve community hygiene and reduce waterborne disease rates by constructing low-cost bio-sanitation centres and safe water kiosks, while promoting good hygiene practices;
  • Reduce costs of basic water and sanitation services for poor people;
  • Empower people living in slums - particularly women and young people - to understand and lobby for their rights to basic services, engage in local development planning, take on leadership positions, and hold government authorities accountable.

Who will benefit?

Directly, at least 3,000 people will have access to affordable, clean water and at least 2,000 people will benefit from the bio-centre facilities. A further 6,700 grassroots community group members will also benefit from the public health and civic rights awareness-raising activities, and leadership and advocacy training. Indirectly, improvements to urban policies and more accountable local authorities could benefit hundreds of thousands of poor people living in informal settlements across Kenya.

How we are helping

Roseline's story

 Before the bio-gas, my daily fuel costs were between 100 and 200 Kenya Shillings (£0.76-£1.52), which greatly affected my profits since my customers cannot pay much for the food. However, now the bio-gas is very cheap and I can cook two different types of food for only 20 shillings (£0.16) for the whole day. That is wonderful and means customers now have a choice of food.

Roseline Amondi runs a small restaurant in Kibera and is commonly known as 'mama samaki' which is Kiswahili for 'the lady who cooks fish'. Roseline has benefited from the biocentre that has recently been built in her local community. The bio-centre contains toilets, showers as well as a kitchen, which is powered by the natural bio-gas produced from captured human waste. Rosaline uses this kitchen every day to prepare food that she sells on to customers and says the bio-gas saves her a lot of money that she used to have to spend on charcoal or wood.

The budget


If you would like to learn more, download the full project details here (PDF, 1.23MB).

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards helping provide people in Kenya with clean water. Get in touch to find out how you can help.


Individual donors:

Emma Learner -
01865 472108

Trusts and Foundations:

Kylie Sheaf - 
01865 473578


Peter William Hall -
01865 473445

If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson -
0141 285 8863

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