Banza Sanitation

Promoting health and human dignity through improved sanitation


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THE REALITY OF SANITATION

EVER FELT SO THIRSTY BUT THERE WAS NO WATER IN SIGHT TO DRINK? OR FELT SO PRESSED AND IN NEED OF A TOILET BUT COULD SEE NONE IN SIGHT WHERE YOU COULD RELIEVE YOURSELF IN PEACE?

LACK OF ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER AND EFFECTIVE SANITATION IMPACTS THE HEALTH OF A COMMUNITY AS WELL AS THEIR ABILITY TO DEVELOP ECONOMICALLY.

HERE ARE SOME STAGGERING FACTS:

  • 2.5 billion people across the world don’t have somewhere safe to go to the toilet (WHO / UNICEF)
  • Bad sanitation is one of the world’s biggest killers: it hits women, children, old and sick people hardest
  • Every minute, three children under the age of five die because of dirty water and poor sanitation (WHO)
  • Right now, more than 50 per cent of hospital beds in developing countries are filled with people who have an illness caused by poor sanitation or dirty water (UNDP)
  • In Africa, half of young girls who drop out of school do so because they need to collect water – often from many miles away – or because the school hasn’t got a basic toilet.
  • The lack of a loo makes women and girls a target for sexual assault as they go to the toilet in the open, late at night
  • Many women get bitten by snakes as they squat in the grass to go to the toilet
  • For every £1 spent on a water and sanitation program, £8 is returned through saved time, increased productivity and reduced health costs. (UNDP)
  • In 2000, 189 countries signed up to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. The sanitation target for 2015 is currently way off-target and won’t be met in sub-Saharan African until the 23rd century.

That is where Banza Sanitation comes in to help bridge the gap, especially as concerns availability of toilets in developing countries.

The Banza toilet can be used in the safety of the home, away from the reality of rapists and snakes.

It is a portable unit and can be moved around, and even taken on safaris.

With the pilot phase of rolling out the units to select case studies in Mathare settlement area having started, our ears are on the ground to know and understand the true benefits to the community.

So far, the recipients are excited about its convenience and portability, making trips to the pit latrine, and the use of flying toilets a thing of the past.

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The Banza toilet can be used in the safety of the home, away from the reality of rapists and snakes.

Our hope and desire is that if the Banza toilet achieves what it set out to, to bridge a gap in the sanitation cycle, it will move from just being used by select families in Mathare, to many other families around the country and the region.

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Bad sanitation is one of the world’s biggest killers: it hits women, children, old and sick people hardest

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IN RESPONSE TO THE W.H.O. CALL

According to the WHO (world Health Organisation), many common diseases that result in diarrhea can spread from one person to another when people defecate in the open. Therefore, disposing of excreta safely by isolating faecal waste from flies and other insects and preventing contamination of water supplies, would greatly reduce the spread of diseases.
That’s where the Banza Toilet comes in. As if in response to the WHO call, The Banza toilet has gone a step further by offering separate compartments for faecal matter and urine within its structure. The faecal matter is then collected on a daily basis by the cleaning agents and converted into renewable energy, instead of throwing it out in the open and exposing the community to diseases, supporting a green environment.
The portable toilet can also be used in the comfort of the home, addressing the issue of safety and convenience as well.
So far, the report on the ground from those who are already using it in Mathare, is positive. And this being the pilot phase, any feedback, both negative and positive, will help us learn, grow and improve service delivery.
For us, the sky is the limit in offering big ideas in solving societal challenges.

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Poorly designed toilet depositing its contents directly in the ditch below, which then mix with the water.

By: Joy Kiruki


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DEMYSTIFYING BANZA TOILET TO THE OPINION LEADERS IN MATHARE SLUM

There was a lot of excitement at the initial presentation of the Banza toilet during a meeting between the Senior Chief of Mathare slum, Community Health Workers (CHW’s) of Mabatini village and Community Cleaning Services (CCS).  Most of the CHW’s were keen to have their own toilet at the sight of one. 

The audience, particularly the Chief, was very taken by the visual appeal of the toilet and were surprised that a toilet could look so appealing. After a brief explanation by Elizabeth, a member from CCS, the utility of the toilet seemed rather obvious to all present and many participants were quick to ask how soon they could personally have access to the product. It was also apparent to them that this would serve to reduce the “Flying Toilet” practice. Many CHW’s tested the toilet and were surprised at how strong it was.

Initially, a number of CHW’s, who are very influential in forming public opinion within their communities, had opposed the implementation of the Banza Toilet, viewing it as taboo based on cultural practices. Now their view seems to have changed, making it a major hallmark in the introduction of the Banza Toilet within the community.

The meeting served as a wonderful platform in which to engage the community opinion influencers, giving them a chance to interact with the Banza toilet.

We are packed and ready for a new dawn at Banza Project. Thanks to Grand Challenges Canada (Photo by: Patrick Kiruki)

The community is now, we believe, ready to receive the Banza Toilet!

By: Joy Kiruki

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2.6 billion people worldwide do not have access to proper toilet facilities. The Banza Toilet Project aims to address this issue in Nairobi, Kenya, where the lack of clean and safe toilets results in environmental contamination and high instances of disease. A social enterprise venture, the Banza Toilet Project will create a new system of human waste management and provide a more dignified and sanitary toilet-user experience for residents of Nairobi’s Kibera slum.