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.