22 schools in Kibera now use PeepooMarch 9, 2012
In the Kibera slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya, many schools do not have enough toilets to meet the daily sanitation needs of students and teachers. Some do not have any toilets at all.
In response to this situation, Peepoople Kenya began a school project in an area called Gatwekera in 2010. In the spring of 2011, the project expanded and a school with more than 1,000 students of different ages and ethnic backgrounds in the Silanga Village of Kibera began buying Peepoos. And the number of schools and students has rapidly multiplied every month since then.
During the last two months, nine more schools implemented the Peepoo solution. Today, a total of 22 schools with more than 3,000 students in Kibera are buying and using Peepoos.
The latest school to implement the Peepoo sanitation solution is Little Smile School, with 120 students in attendance. Before the Peepoo solution was implemented, the school did not have any toilets, and its teachers often faced problems resulting from sick children and girls being absent from school during menstrual periods.
Because Peepoo inactivates all pathogens in human faeces, the schools implement a closed loop system that contributes to food security. By doing so, used Peepoos serve as a source of valuable fertiliser in school kitchen gardens or bag gardens. In schools that lack space for gardens, Peepoos are brought to a Drop-point for a refund.
Another school that is using Peepoos is Bethel School, with 350 students. Kennedy Amiru, an 8-year-old student, recalled with a giggle about his first encounter with Peepoo. “I used to hate the Peepoo toilet and I had never wanted to use it, even though the other children were. One day I got diarrhoea in school. I had no choice but to use Peepoo. It really helped me a lot and since that day I am always the first person to use Peepoo in our school. Peepoople Kenya lives forever because you have really saved lives.”