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KPSP05 LAUNCH.
Moving forward.
From a mushy trashy ground.
The Toilet Tours, Part III
The Toilet Tours, Part II
KPSP05 LAUNCH.
KPSP05 LAUNCH.

KPSP05 Launch Earlier this year, KDI celebrated the the launch of our fifth project in Gatekwera Village. This site, built near the Ngong River will become home to a community pharmacy, a school for children, and a sanitation block with three toilets and two showers. A remarkable feature of this site includes an original mural […]

Moving forward.
Moving forward.

Many people talk about development and best practices… but sometimes all this talk becomes a song that can only be heard while actions go unseen. … There has been lots of action in Kibera. Currently the Empowerment to Community Foundation (EMCOF), a community-based organization in Gatwekera Village of Kibera, and KDI are working together to […]

From a mushy trashy ground.
From a mushy trashy ground.

It was not so long since the NNDCGroup started its agro business on its available piece of land, it was a hard task to turn the trashy ground into something useful. This took the unity of the group to start digging out all kind of polythene paper, leather, plastic materials, and broken glass, to prepare […]

The Toilet Tours, Part III
The Toilet Tours, Part III

  After seeing two UDD toilets, a group of 15 of us visited two flower farms north of Nairobi in search of constructed wetlands. The community group at KPSP05 is also exploring sanitation options, and despite currently) lacking funding for wetlands for the site, we still thought it would be great to show them an […]

The Toilet Tours, Part II
The Toilet Tours, Part II

  Our next stop on the Toilet Tours was another UDD toilet built by Umande Trust. Unlike the Sanergy toilet, this one has been in use. It is not a public toilet, though. Instead, it is shared by a block of approximately 50 households. The concept of the UDDT is the same as the Sanergy Fresh […]

The Toilet Tours, Part I
The Toilet Tours, Part I

        One of the exciting things about working with KDI is going through the public participation process to ensure their projects have full buy-in from community members. Since being in Nairobi, I have had the opportunity to work on implementing a sanitation block at KPSP01. Since there is no municipal sewer nearby, […]

Trees and Digging and Shade, Oh My!
Trees and Digging and Shade, Oh My!

  After months of construction hiatus, this past Saturday the KDI Los Angeles team was joined by Pueblo Unido CDC and St. Anthony community members, young and old, for a day of tree planting. Arriving from Los Angeles at 8 am we were greeted by some of our most committed volunteers, teenage brothers Chris and […]

Karibu Ali and Pearl!
Karibu Ali and Pearl!

We are excited to introduce you to our two new summer interns who will be working away this summer in Kibera. Ali Karlen joins us from Portland as this summer’s design intern working on KPSP05 and KPSP06. Pearl Grace comes to us from Chelina’s alma mater (Harvard GSD) and will be working at all sites […]

Unslumming Kibera
Unslumming Kibera

April here, writing from Nairobi. I’ve been in Kenya for about two weeks working to implement the Unslumming Kibera vision as presented at AECOM’s UrbanSOS competition. As the winners of that competition, the Unslumming Kibera team won $25,000 to bring the project to life. Key to implementation is our partnership with Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI). […]

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