Build A Toilet for Slum Youth Centre

$1,200 $0
Raised Remaining


We support at-risk youth from the slums of Nyeri county by running a drop-in centre that provides refuge from the streets and programs to help them escape poverty. We just rebuilt our centre in stone to make it safe and stable, but are now required by the new local government to add a two-stall public toilet. This will provide a hygienic solution to a community where basic sanitation is lacking and it is common for 20-30 people to share a pit latrine.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Our centre supports slum communities that lack basic infrastructure needs. Water is expensive, many homes lack lavatories and it is common for 20-30 people to share a pit latrine. We have not had a toilet at our centre before, but have recently been told by the new local government that we must install a public toilet immediately.

How will this project solve this problem?

The project will raise the funds to install a two-stall public toilet (one male, one female) outside our centre. This will provide those youth who access our centre with facilities with appropriate sanitary conditions, to which they likely lack access at home. As our centre is used by the community more broadly to host community meetings up to 1500 people a year will benefit. We plan to install a rainwater tank/piping to help avoid some of the need for high cost local water.

Potential Long Term Impact

We are required by the local government to undertake this project. Keeping our doors open to youth will allow us to keep offering youth a safe refuge from the streets and access to programs like job skills training, counseling and health education. Empowered youth are able to find jobs or start businesses, support their families and contribute to building the community. Over time, associated problems like HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and prostitution should fall.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,200

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,200 .  The original project funding goal was $1,200.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).



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A microproject connected to this project:

Provide Job Skills to Kenyan Slum Youth
This project will help to lift 160 at-risk youth and young women from Nyeri town - Kenya's biggest slum - out of poverty. It will provide free vocational skills training and HIV/AIDS education, counseling and testing. Tailoring and welding/metal work programs, together with employment and business development counseling, will provide employable skills in high-demand sectors and help address associated problems like drug abuse and prostitution (due to women lacking alternative income) project reportread updates from the field

Project Leader

Sarah Van Exan

Toronto, Ontario Canada

Where is this project located?

Map of Build A Toilet for Slum Youth Centre