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Today we highlight the World Toilet Day

November 19, 2016

- Did you know that every third person on the planet is lacking a toilet?

Without toilets, people are at great risk of lethal epidemic diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea, which is killing 1.4 million children every year. Lack of toilets is also the major reason why many girls in urban slums do not finish school. In Nairobi, IAS together with local partner Peepoople Kenya is bringing Peepoo toilets to schools in the slum, to give children a better chance to remain in class and stay healthy. After use, Peepoo turns into valuable fertiliser that can improve livelihoods and increase food security.

In a typical primary school in the world’s slums, the state of the sanitary facilities and the level of the children’s hygiene are poor. Often hundreds of children have to share single pit latrines.

Preventing girls dropping out of school

In many schools toilet floors can be covered with fresh faeces and are wet with urine. Children without shoes are left with no option but to stand barefoot in this mess to relieve themselves.

For girls who are approaching puberty the situation is even more severe. About one in 10 school-age girls do not attend school during menstruation and many also drop out of school due to lack of clean sanitation facilities. Having a personal toilet in school helps the girls to finish their education.

One of girls that is happy for this personal toilet is Doreen Indasi, 13, Kibera, Kenya.

  • The Peepoo toilet has brought advantages for me in school and I also like the health club where we learn about hygiene. We also have Peepoo at home, and this is especially helpful during the night when I cannot go out. It is dangerous to use the pit latrine in the evening. At night we keep the used Peepoos at home. In the morning my mother takes them to the drop point. The latrines we used to go to were always dirty, and far away. With Peepoo we save time and we can stay in class.

The Peepoo Sanitation Solution is being distributed to 100 schools and more than 20 000 school going children living in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya.

International Aid Services (IAS) is an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) abiding by Christian values. Founded in 1989 with the purpose of assisting conflict affected populations in South Sudan we now run programs in over 10 countries in primarily Horn of Africa /Eastern Africa supported by 4 offices in Europe and the United States. The Alliance Head Office is located in Stockholm, Sweden.

Fore more information visit www.ias-intl.org

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IAS becomes the new owner of the Peepoople brand

October 20, 2016

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Stockholm 18th October 2016 – It is with great pleasure we announce that the Peepoople innovative brand and product will continue to be developed by International Aid Services (IAS) as from today’s date. Peepoople and IAS began the cooperation in year 2014. With the change in strategy from having a high-tech production in Stockholm, Sweden, towards a local production closer to the market, IAS became the first choice for Peepoople.

Today, the Peepoople product is being distributed to more than 20,000 people (mainly women and children) living in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Peepoo is a personal, single-use, self-sanitising, fully biodegradable toilet that prevents faeces from contaminating the immediate area as well as the surrounding ecosystem. After use, Peepoo turns into valuable fertiliser that can improve livelihoods and increase food security.

– Fantastic to see this innovative product being used Worldwide and in particular Kenya. We believe that the product plays an important role in providing not only a sanitation solution but also in terms of protection of women and children using it in insecure areas, says Andreas Zetterlund.

// Rebecka Woods, Communications Officer at IAS.

For more information about IAS, www.ias-intl.org

IAS will continue to retain the web/social media channels for Peepoople, www.peepoople.com

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Funding secured for Peepoo production in Nairobi

August 15, 2016

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Peepoople is happy to announce that Peepoo production in Nairobi will be re-established. Current projects will be maintained and possible expansion will be explored.

After moving all its operations to Kenya, Peepoople has been able to secure funding to re-establish local production of Peepoos in Nairobi.

The production will be a small-scale and semi-manual setup with an initial capacity of 5 000 Peepoos per day. Production is expected to be up and running in the beginning of 2017.

With the aim to first and foremost supply the Peepoo School Programme with products, the local production will also allow for possible expansion into other markets.

Setting up the production locally will give Peepoople a more solid foundation for the future, giving an opportunity to further develop and expand the visionary project of the Peepoo sanitation solution.

For more information regarding the Peepoo production in Nairob
please contact:

Maria Berndtsson, Project Manager
maria.berndtsson@peepoople.com
+254(0) 790 497 768 or +46(0) 702 398 908

Felix Hägglund Wennergren, Project Manager
felix.how@peepoople.com
+254(0) 708 198 971 or +46(0) 702 740 668

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Visit to the Peepoo schools in Kibera

February 24, 2016

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Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya

In February 2016 we went back to visit some of the schools that received funding from the 2014 Crowd funding challenge with Game changers. Since our visit last year a lot had happened and all schools were now up and running with their Peepoo Programme since a few months back.

We went back to Changing Times, a quite small school but still hosting 350 children, and they had now started to use the Peepoo toilets. We spoke with teacher Margret Mbasa: “Oh, it is much cleaner now, before we had the pit latrines. They were dirty, the small children didn’t want to use them. The health of the children is also much better, they are so lively now! We have had meeting with parents, they like it (Peepoo). All the kids are using Peepoo now, they know how to use very well.”

After receiving some songs and high fives from the children we moved to re-visit another school with 190 children. When we where there last year they were just starting to set up the Peepoo programme and building the Peepoo Cabins, now they’ve been using it for eight months.

First we met with one of the students, Doreen Indasi 13 years old, she said: “It is easy to use Peepoo, the school attendant Rose prepares it. I like the Peepoo toilet, it has brought advantages for us. We also have the health club and we learn about hygiene. We also have Peepoo at home, especially during night I cannot go out, then it is good with Peepoo. You can use Peepoo any time. It is dangerous to use the pit latrine in the evening. The latrines opposite our house smell, and the sewage break close to our house. Peepoo is better. At night we keep the used Peepoos at home. In the morning my mother takes them to the drop point. The latrines we used to go to they were always dirty, and far away. With Peepoo we save time and we can stay in class.”

DOREEN

And the deputy head teacher Franci Nyauke wanted to let us know that they are eager want to continue the programme; “They (the children) like Peepoo and now they can also wash their hands. This has improved their health. Before it was a challenge hygienically, the teachers had to go with the children stop educating, how can you deal with this situation, it was hard. Now it is so easy with the Peepoo and the attendant can help the children and the teachers can do the lessons. The children’s results and performance is better, they are healthier and they stay in class. And the environment is cleaner in the school. Please make the Peepoo project continue.”

Outside of the school we met with Jane who is a mother of four children, three of them attending Adventure Pride school with the Peepoo programme. We asked if she new about the programme and what she thought about it;
“I learned about Peepoo from the school. It has helped my kids at school. Now we also have it at home. Before Peepoo we used the potty and then poured it outside. There are no stomach problems anymore the small kids do not have diarrheal anymore.“

JANE

During 2016 the Swedish Peepoople office will close, but the projects will continue in Kibera slum in Nairobi.

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Peepoople AB in Sweden is closing down

November 20, 2015

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Due to a lack of financial viability, Peepoople AB will close its operations in Sweden. Peepoople Kenya will however continue its operations and the possibility of re-establishing local production in Nairobi is currently being explored.

Due to a lack of financial viability, Peepoople AB will close its operations in Sweden. The company will be wound up in an orderly and responsible manner and will fulfil all its commitments and obligations.

Peepoople Kenya, the non-profit organisation founded in 2010, will continue their operations and the possibility of re-establishing local production in Nairobi is currently being explored. To date, an estimated 10 million toilets have been delivered to slum and school projects in Kenya and DR Congo as well as to various refugee and disaster relief programs.

The decision to close down Peepoople AB comes as a result of a dramatically changed situation in the distribution of aid funds, which has affected Peepoople’s customers and projects.

For further information please contact:

Anders Pihl, CEO          Björn Algkvist, Chairman

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Peepoo inventor is nominated to Sweden’s oldest technical award

November 5, 2015

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Peepoople’s founder Professor Anders Wilhelmson is nominated to the Polhem Prize for his invention of Peepoo.

Polhem Prize is Sweden’s oldest technical award and managed by the Association of Graduate Engineers. It is awarded for technological innovation of high level for the ingenious solution of a technical problem. The innovation should be available on the open market and be competitive. It should also be sustainable environmentally friendly.

Upcoming awards ceremony takes place Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

…”the invention Peepoo is as simple as it is ingenious” – Polhem Prize 2015. Read more here (in Swedish only)

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Health impact study of Peepoo in Kibera

August 21, 2015

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The health impact study, funded by the Canadian Government, is now being executed in Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya. The study will through questionnaires and stool samples monitor the effect Peepoo has on children’s health, infection level and attendance in school. The results are expected to ready by fall 2016.

Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the Canadian Government, selected the Peepoo project in Kenya as a part of their programme of “Bold Ideas with Big Impact in Global Health”. The focus of the programme is ”Saving Every Woman, Every Child”.

Through the “Muskoka Initiative” agreed at the G8 meeting in 2010, Canada assumed a leading role in promoting the health of women and children in developing countries. In May of this year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper convened ‘Saving Every Woman Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach’, a high-level summit on maternal, newborn and child health.

Dr. Peter A. Singer, Chief Executive Officer at Grand Challenges Canada, noted: “More and more children can celebrate their fifth birthday as a result of Canada’s commitment and leadership. Through supporting these innovative projects, we are further strengthening the global pipeline of maternal, newborn and child health innovations.”

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Per Lundell, former SIDA and UNDP, joins Peepoople’s board

August 21, 2015

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“Joining the Peepoople board of directors gives me an opportunity to influence and contribute to an important business with great potential. I believe that Peepoople can have a positive impact on poor people’s health and opportunities for development. I’m committed to sharing my experience and knowledge about aid and development and look forward to the challenge.”
Per Lundell, August 2015

We are happy and proud to announce that Per Sundell has joined Peepoople’s Board of Directors. He has previously been with UNDP, both in Bangladesh and in Head Quarters, New York. He has also held several positions with Swedish Sida including Head of the Department for Democracy and Human Rights, and Deputy Head of the Department of Africa. During 15 years he served as Counsellor for Development Cooperation in Vietnam, Lesotho, Uganda and Zambia.

“We are very happy to welcome Per to the Peepoople board. With his vast experience, both from a global stakeholder perspective but also from local African contexts, as well as his deep understanding of the world’s development challenges, will be of great benefit to Peepoople. We look forward to many interesting discussions!” Anders Pihl, board member and CEO, Peepoople

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Another delivery of Peepoos to Goma

August 12, 2015

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Caritas Peepoo project in Goma has now reached around 200 daily customers and the Peepoo fertiliser is being used in Caritas agriculture project. One of the prisons in Goma, with 1200 prisoners, is also using the Peepoo toilet on a daily basis. In August 2015, another container with Peepoos was shipped to Goma to continue to scale the project in the community and to schools.

Hedwig Maria Dingler, International Cooperation/Head of Project Management, at Caritas Luxembourg initiated the collaboration with Peepoople in 2013 and she says:

“We believe that Peepoo is very applicable for the population in Goma. They have a vast problem with water supply and cholera outbreaks are very common. The poor people generally take their drinking water from small rivers or from the lake. It is also very difficult to dig for latrines in Goma. In the neighbourhood of Birere, where we are now launching the Peepoo sanitation system, you have lava stones in the ground, so you would need big machines to build canalisation. Since the used Peepoos will be used as fertiliser, growing food crops and fruit trees, we also believe that the project will be able to help tackle the issue of malnutrition in the area.

As we are now introducing an individual solution to one of the very basic needs, I believe we can improve the health and security of the population in Birere significantly.”

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Visit the Peepoo production during World Water Week

July 28, 2015

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Next week the 25th World Water Week will take place in Stockholm The theme is Water for Development and Peepoople will be on set.

Partnership Director Erik Josephsson will be attending the conference, and he will also chair the Susana yearly meeting on Saturday 22. If you wish to meet with him, just give him a call or send an email to schedule a time: +46 73 066 48 82, erik.josephsson@peepoople.com.

On Friday the 28th World Water Week is organising a visit to the Peepoople facilities and production location. During the visit you will hear about the journey from innovation to mass production. You will be able to see and hear more about our large-scale production and we will present Peepoo sanitation solution with case studies.

Speakers are:

Dr Annika Nordin, Sanitisation Specialist Peepoople/SLU,
Anders Wilhelmson, founder of Peepoo,
Maria Berndtsson, Product Manager Peepoople,
Martina Nee, Partnership Director Peepoople,
Jean Lapegue, Senior Wash Advisor Action Contre le Faim

Peepoople is located in Stockholm on Johannesfredsvägen 17 in Bromma, the visit is between 2 and 6 pm on Friday 28th of August. If you are interested please sign up through the World Water Week website http://programme.worldwaterweek.org/event/5303,
or contact Martina Nee at Peepoople; martina.nee@peepoople.com

 

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