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Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda – Lessons on Understanding Risk and Building Resilience
Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda - Lessons on Understanding Risk and Building Resilience

By: Joe Mulligan and Shreya Mitra

El Niño in Kibera
El Niño in Kibera

      The El Niño. After months of anticipating the coming of El Niño, the intensified, heavy rainfall has arrived in Nairobi as expected. Already the annual long rains has caused noticeable flooding in a number of places in Nairobi and in the country at large. These rains caused both loss of life and property worth […]

Living in the River Lands – Flooding in Kibera
Living in the River Lands - Flooding in Kibera

We’re sticking with the watery theme this week as we continue to look at recent game changing developments in Kibera. This time it’s flooding; a destructive force that disrupts and displaces people in Kibera each year, and overlaps with the intractable issues of land ownership, open space, infrastructure development and evictions. In Kibera the cheapest […]

A New Sewer Line in Kibera…
A New Sewer Line in Kibera...

Part of KDI Kenya’s new blog series on the changing face of Kibera.  The Need for a New Sewer in Kibera  Sewers are one of those things that once tucked away neatly underground most people don’t want or have to think about too much. The benefits of convenience and a sanitary and safe environment are […]

The changing face of Kibera:
The changing face of Kibera:

Intro to a new blog series by KDI Kenya. Kibera is changing, and changing fast. New roads, water, sewerage and power lines have emerged over the last few months; these networks underpin new health centers, toilet blocks, water kiosks, fish farms and urban agriculture plots. For the first time people can easily catch a matatu […]

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 […]

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 […]

KPSP03: A PPS UNDERWAY
KPSP03: A PPS UNDERWAY

This past spring and summer KDI’s team in Kenya completed an RFP and site selection process for our third project in Kibera. Like KPSP01 and KPSP02, KPSP03 sits along the river running through Kibera. A larger site then KPSP02, KPSP03 will include a playground, poultry farm, improved drainage, flood control, kiosks, and a community center […]

KPSP02: Constructing a Sanitation Block
KPSP02: Constructing a Sanitation Block

The sanitation block was the first component to be built at KPSP02. The sanitation block has six toilets and four showers. The Riverside Usafi Group, KDI’s community partner, will run the sanitation block. Fees collected from its use will be used to maintain the site.

Tales From the Field: Adventures at Site 1
Tales From the Field: Adventures at Site 1

This week in Kibera was really long and full of adventure. After last week working together to be more productive and to move things forward, we divided the working areas. Myself and Ann are now responsible for Site one where we are trying to improve the small kiosk design and create the washing and drying […]

Toilet Block…Nearing Completion
Toilet Block...Nearing Completion
connecting to sewer [150 meters away]
connecting to sewer [150 meters away]
getting closer…..
getting closer.....

Walls! Roof! Color! Getting Closer…

kpsp02: UK engineers without borders visit the site to inspect gabions + give us brick-making tips
kpsp02: UK engineers without borders visit the site to inspect gabions + give us brick-making tips
kpsp02: preparing soil + oiling our new stabilized soil brick-maker – “tinga”
kpsp02: preparing soil  + oiling our new stabilized soil brick-maker - "tinga"
kpsp02: landscape plans
kpsp02: landscape plans
kpsp02 progress: retention
kpsp02 progress: retention
kpsp02: pit latrine removed – footprint of new sanitation block sited
kpsp02: pit latrine removed - footprint of new sanitation block sited

 

a word from our intern, Aidan:

http://arashap.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/day-15-kdi-project-2-clean-up/

searching for solid ground
searching for solid ground
architects and contractors and engineers! oh, my!
architects and contractors and engineers!  oh, my!
community action @ kpsp02
community action @ kpsp02
kpsp01: meeting and construction of amphitheater seats, seed beds, and fencing
kpsp01: meeting and construction of amphitheater seats, seed beds, and fencing

     

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