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The sustainability project features a clean water system source and waste management system. It will also be 100% self-sustaining as the centre is powered by solar technology.

Launched yesterday (July 24) by Proctor & Gamble and the Human Needs Project, the sustainable community centre in Kibera Town will bring clean water, washing and laundry facilities to one of the largest and poorest urban slums in Africa.

A 1,000ft borehole was drilled to access water for the project. Using solar pumps, water will be pumped to the centre to supply clean water for drinking and sanitation facilities. 86 solar panels will also provide lighting and electricity to the centre, and wastewater will be treated in a self-contained system.

“In Kibera, sanitation and clean water are fairly inaccessible,” said site supervisor Felix Ochieng. “It’s a great addition, because people will now be able to access clean water, showers and toilets.”

The site will feature 15 toilets, 25 showers, and two washing machines and tumble dryers. The centre will also provide adult education, skills and health training.

Scalable solutions

Speaking about the new CSR initiative, Proctor & Gamble global director of sustainability Virginie Helias said: “When it comes to sustainability, actions speak louder than words, so we are doing just that in Kibera. Our global resources give us the unique ability to provide meaningful guidance and education to the community.

“We are incredibly proud to work in partnership with Human Needs Project in the Kibera Town Centre project to implement real solutions to key local issues –

“We look forward to learning more about what such a project can do in the Kibera community and how it might be scaled up.”

The centre employed 300 local people during construction and provides 45 local jobs. More than two dozen local managers have been trained to help run leadership workshops as well as practical skills such as plumping and health and safety.

The pilot project will help Proctor & Gamble and Human Needs Project find long-term scalable solutions for local communities in need of sustainable clean water projects.

Matt Field

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