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This week: #perouskenya

Posted by Suzanne Rodrigues Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team

6th Aug 2013

Oxfam's social media is going to be taken over with live reports from one of Nairobi's largest slums, Mukuru, from 7 to 13 August. Our Stories, Film and Photography Team has been joined by fashion and portrait photographer, Perou, to bring us up to the minute news of life in Mukuru. You'll be able to access the live blog here when it launches. In the meantime, here's a rundown of the projects you'll be hearing about and the people you'll be hearing from. 


This is Perou

Fashion and portrait photographer, Perou, will be visiting Mukuru with the team and photographing Oxfam's work on clean water and sanitation. Through Oxfam's nine different social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Google+, he will be reporting on what he sees, who he meets and how he feels.

This is Amy

Amy has become a regular on the blog recently.  She is a Project Manager in the Stories, Film and Photography Team and she spends a lot of time planning story-gathering trips like this one. You can find out more about Amy, in the blog post A Day in the Life of Stories, Film and Photography Project Manager.

This is Fred

Fred is our resident film maker. He works with Amy in the Stories, Film and Photography Team and has recently been in Lebanon, meeting families that have had to flee conflict in Syria and helping to tell their story through film.  You can see some of Fred's videos on our YouTube channel

This is Ellie

Our newest addition to the Stories, Film and Photography Team, Ellie will be working alongside Perou, Amy and Fred to bring you stories, videos and images during the live blogging week. 

These are the projects:

1. Sustainable sanitation

More than 2 million people live in informal settlements around Nairobi. Poverty is rife and disease rates are high. Oxfam is working with a local partner, Sanergy, to provide accessible and affordable sanitation, sustainably.  

Sanergy does this in three steps that support private enterprise, while improving hygiene practices.  They build a network of local residents who purchase and operate Fresh Life Toilets. They safely collect the waste each day and replace full waste cartridges with clean, empty ones. Then they safely treat 100% of the waste by converting it into useful by-products such as organic fertiliser and renewable energy.

Oxfam is going to pilot this innovative model to 10 schools in Mukuru's informal settlements.

2.  Safe water kiosks

Inadequate sanitation facilities are the norm in informal settlements like Mukuru. As a result, many people are forced to defecate into plastic bags and dispose of these openly in the streets, unwittingly providing a breeding ground for disease.

This project aims to improve hygiene and reduce disease by constructing low-cost bio-sanitation centres and safe water kiosks. The Oxfam team, and Perou, will be working with and interviewing youths who work at the water kiosks. The kiosks offer young people employment and a place for people to buy clean water at affordable prices. The youths are also part of an education programme, helping them stand up for their rights, supporting them to engage with and influence local institutions.

What's happening 7-12 August?

The team will be keeping us updated through the live blog

Amy will be blogging regularly to give you a different perspective of the trip. 

Our social media channels will be full of news from Kenya, so make sure you're involved:

Blog post written by Suzanne Rodrigues

Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team

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