ORBIS to Build and Repair Latrines for Communities


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Poor Sanitation

By a male, 22-30 years old, in Nairobi, Kenya
Map of POOR SANITATION Sanitation is a major issue in our daily lives.When there is a proper sanitation,the risks of getting airborne and water-borne diseases are limited or reduced. However in some areas,sanitation is not considered as a major concern ans is not given priority. In mathare slums,there are burst sewers and the sewage just flows into residential areas.There is also no proper management of the sewage system which is also not properly designated. There is great risk of the residents being affected by waterborne diseases like cholera because there are no even proper toilets or latrines for use There have been several trials and attempts by the residents to push the government through the local authorities to ensure that there is proper r management for sewers but this has not happened.Therefore there is need for other stake holders or interested parties t come in and assis solve the problem. Read more.
Related to project keywords: poor sanitation, proper sanitation, public health, use, areas

Chorela In Mathare

By a male, 22-30 years old, in Nairobi, Kenya
Map of CHORELA IN MATHARE Chorela is a waterborne disease and it is very rampant in Mathare village.Three in every five children have suffered from cholera and have either missed or gotten poor medication.This is because of the high cost of medication within the slum area. Although there are non-governmental Organizations that offer medication. it is at times very difficult to reach them and mostly they treat specific diseases. One major cause of cholera in mathare is poor sanitation the sewers all open and dumpsites almost everywhere heaped for many years.Children are the most affected because some could even be sported playing around the dirty dumpsite areas. One best way to help prevent cholera and malaria is by collecting all the dirty dumpsites and repairing leem maintaining the sewers.the government has been doing it. Read more.
Related to project keywords: poor sanitation, repairing, poor, disease, areas

Proper Sanitation

By a female, 22-30 years old, in Nairobi, Kenya
Map of proper sanitation Proper sanitation leads to good health within our communities.Areas with poor sanitation are vulnerable to diseases like cholera and other airborne and waterborne diseases. In mathare.Nairobi, the residents are used poor state of environment because they have no other option or a better choise because they cannot afford proper housing facilities due to their low income. How ever the city council of Nairobi have patnered with Non government organisations to help build ecosan toilets and latries and even designate specific dumping sites within the estate.the toilets/latries are placed in public sites taht can be reached easily and the garbage can be collected anytime. This is a better idea but it should be spread to all the slums within Nairobi. Read more.
Related to project keywords: poor sanitation, proper sanitation, environment, communities, build


By a female, 22-30 years old, in Kakamenga Central, Kenya
Map of Sanitation An environment characterized by dirty spread all over,plastic papers and tins littering around and poor drainage systems simply shows the environment mismanagement and put people at risk of conducting diseases. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure the environment around them is maintained because these leads to good health among the community. Poor waste (solid) and drainage management leads to pollution especially in unplanned urban areas. Kakamega town council took the initiative to close of repair all drainage systems including sewer lines and putting litter bins all over town.These was since helped in cleaning the town. Read more.
Related to project keywords: conducting, repair, maintained, environment, ensure

Construction Of Pit Latrine

By a male, 22-30 years old, in Kasaka, Uganda
Map of CONSTRUCTION OF PIT LATRINE World Vision i its program of improving and promoting sanitation and hygiene in communities,also constructed a four stance pit latrine at Kitui landing site-Kasaka and did sensitization on how to use the latrine and also encouraged members to constantly make proper maintenance and cleaning of the latrine as this can save them from acquiring diseases. Read more.
Related to project keywords: sanitation hygiene, latrine, communities, use, improving

Health Education

By a female, 16-21 years old, in Kakamega, Kenya
Map of HEALTH EDUCATION Health Education:-meaning of HIV/AIDS human immune deficiency virus.This is the virus that causes AIDS AIDS means Acquired immuno Deficiency .Immune deficiency means lack of immunity.ways in which HIV spread -sexual intercourse with infected person,blood transfusion. stage of HIV/AIDS.Window stage-at this stage ifection person tests negative as usually healthy.Incubation stage-it is also known as asymptomatic lasts for about six years to twelve yrs.the person infected tests positive.Symptomatic stage-during this stage,signs and symptoms are showing up.Full blown stage-this is the last stage.the body immunity is completely destroyed.Effects to the family-leads to sadness to the family.Nation-Increase number of school dropouts.Ways of controling.abstain from sex,seek medical.avoid sharing piercing and cutting tools,use protective clothing e.g gloves when dealing with accident victims,unmarried people should abstain from sex,married people should be faithful to each other. Read more.
Related to project keywords: health education, use, lack, spread, human


By a male, under 16 years old, in Nairobi, Kenya
Map of SANITATION The problem had been quite persistent in our area.It was the problem of poor drainage and poor sanitation.From the look of things no one seemed to be interested in improving the situation.The issue of flying toilets had made the sorrounding smell like hell. It is true that a stitch in time saves nine.An organisation by the name Youth for Sanitation stormed in the situation at the right time.They helped improve the drainage systems giving our area a brand new look that made it look admirable. Pit latrines were dug to stop the use of flying toilets.They educated the villagers on importance of good sanitation and advised them on how to maintain the new clean look of of their sorrounding. Read more.
Related to project keywords: poor sanitation, area, clean, improving, importance

Male Circumcision

By a male, 31-45 years old, in Bungoma, Kenya
Map of MALE CIRCUMCISION Male circumcision has been a deep cultural practise for luhya communitty. In bugoma in the year 2008, the season being the circumcision year for the bukusu culture, and tradition; The boys in the villages were prepared for the cut. The cut usually is usually done by some traditional unhygienic knives that makes the boys prone to HIV/AIDS and other diseases. The government through the ministry of health organised an awareness training for the elders and custodian of traditional practices the elders were trained and circumcusers brought on board and also trained on good hygienic circumcision practise. The circumcusers were provided with clean surgical knives and gloves to ensure the practise safe surgery. The boys in the village of bungoma, bumula dimsion khosoko area were saved from brutal cultural practise and were happy as they were safely circumcised under supervision of ministry of health. Read more.
Related to project keywords: surgery, area, clean, provided, ensure

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