The KRCS Nyando Peepoo Trial Project
The KRCS Nyando Peepoo Trial Project was piloted by the Kenya Red Cross Society in partnership with the Nyando Branch of the West Kenya Region and Peepoople Kenya. The trial was undertaken to ascertain the social acceptability of Peepoo and provide information needed to create policies on rapid sanitation solutions in times of disaster. The pilot project was carried out alongside other flood disaster response activities by the Nyando Branch under the WATSAN department with a goal to help prevent infection and spread of diseases related to faecal disposal.
At the time, the Nyando District was one of the areas of the Kano plains that was hit hardest by the floods. With few sanitation options available, the area was ideal for the Peepoo pilot program which aimed at providing rapid accessibility to improved sanitation for displaced populations. The KRC Nyando Peepoo Trial Project demonstrates the practical roll out of the Peepoople Humanitarian Response Model.
The Trial showed that the Peepoo program is beneficial to geographical zones along shores of Lake Victoria and the Kano Plains. It is also beneficial to emergency situations such as flooding, mass humanitarian movement and villages where the availability of latrines is few and far between.
To read more about the specifics, please read the Kenya Red Cross report under Related Documents.
Patricia Akinyi Okello’s Story
One of the participants in the Peepoo Trial was Patricia Akinyi Okello. She is a mother who lives alone with five children. Her husband works in Nairobi, is seldom at home, and rarely sends any money. The day the village flooded, on April 27, 2011, Patricia woke up to the sound of pouring water. It was raining heavily. The water started to rise inside her house. Patricia took her children and walked to her grandfathers’ house, which was located on safer, higher ground. There was no time to bring their baby chickens that died as a result of the flooding. The foundation of the house was destroyed and so were many of her and the children’s belongings. They now live in a church.