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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 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 […]

¡No tomes el agua!
¡No tomes el agua!

If you live in California then you are constantly reminded that we are in a water crisis. Most of us think of that crisis as a shortage problem, but for many California residents it is much more. Usually thought of as an exclusively ‘third-world’ health hazard, a contaminated water supply is an ongoing problem plaguing […]

Visiting Dandora
Visiting Dandora

The KDI Kenyan team recently paid a visit to Dandora, Nairobi’s only legal dumpsite. We were invited by the Chief Environmental Officer in the Department of Environment of the City Council of Nairobi, which is responsible for solid waste management in the city. The Council had previously provided a garbage truck for our Clean Up event at KPSP04 on the 8th of […]

KPSP04: A Dirty Beginning
KPSP04: A Dirty Beginning

On Saturday September 8th, 2012 KDI initiated our fourth project site in Kibera, Nairobi with a Community Clean-Up. KPSP04 is located on the border of two villages, Laini Saba and Lindi. KDI has partnered with three groups to design, construct, and manage the new Productive Public Space: SlumCare, Usalama Bridge Youth Reform, and Ndovu – […]

KDI Wins 2012 ReSource Award
KDI Wins 2012 ReSource Award

For more information on the award go here.

kpsp02: opening celebration
kpsp02: opening celebration

KPSP02 was formally opened last week in an opening celebration with the community. The ribbon cutting ceremony was performed by the area’s Chief. KPSP02 now has a sanitation block with 6 toilets and four showers, kiosks for small enterprises, and a playground. The site is run and maintained by the community group Riverside Usafi Group. […]

Toilet Block…Nearing Completion
Toilet Block...Nearing Completion
connecting to sewer [150 meters away]
connecting to sewer [150 meters away]
kpsp02: pit latrine removed – footprint of new sanitation block sited
kpsp02: pit latrine removed - footprint of new sanitation block sited

 

searching for solid ground
searching for solid ground
community action @ kpsp02
community action @ kpsp02
work in progress
work in progress
the new media campaign
the new media campaign
Flying Toilets?!

Toilet’s aren’t supposed to fly. But because of complex issues surrounding land tenure, political will, and economic incentives, they still do in the settlement of Kibera and in many other slums in Nairobi. Life can be better for the millions of people living with such hardships, and many residents and organizations from local youth and […]

a pilot “productive park”

As a group, our strategy is practical: to reclaim waste spaces along the rivers that currently run through Kibera for new community amenities. These spaces are public land and if cleared of trash and fortified by basic flood control, can form a new infrastructure that houses cottage industries, playspaces, and local sanitation services that not […]

Pilot Project 2007

In the summer of 2006, landscape architecture and urban planning students from the Harvard Design School paired up with students from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), the University of Nairobi, and community members to research the needs and physical conditions in the villages of Soweto East and Kambi Muru. Based on […]

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