Hygienic sanitation to over 10 000 school children in KenyaMay 16, 2013
The lives of more than half the world’s children are constantly at risk through contact with excreta in their environment. The sanitation situation in urban slums is particularly difficult and this affects children severely. Many schools in urban slums lack toilets and where there are latrines they are usually overfull or dirty. The lack of toilets is a major contributor to diseases like diarrhoea and cholera, killing more than 2 million children every year. Each year 443 million school days are lost due to sanitation and water related illness.
Peepoople is driving change by implementing the Peepoo sanitation system in schools coupled with training in health and hygiene and handwashing fascilities. Today over 10 000 school children in more than 60 schools in Kibera, Nairobi’s biggest slum, have the Peepoo solution available through the Peepoo School Programme in Kibera. The goal is to reach 100,000 school children in urban slums in Kenya by 2015.
A couple of weeks ago Global One School in Gatwekera in Kibera was inaugurated by Dr Karioli from Ministry of Public Health who expressed their support for the Peepoo Solution. Peepoo Dubo, the mascot of the the Peepoo School Programme, was also present. On a weekly basis he is visiting the Peepoo schools training the children in hygiene and how to use the Peepoo. The educational material in schools is developed around Peepoo Dubo. Examples of Peepoo Dubo educational material can be found here.
Kibera TV was there to capture the opening; you can watch their feature here.