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This Madaraka Day, we were invited to renovate toilets that have been used for only 6 years. 6 years is a very short period of time for toilets to require renovation. Something must have been done wrongly.

To avoid making the same mistake, we ask: what happened, especially to the walls and floors?

A lack of good toilets affects not only the quality of our schools, it also reduces the dignity and quality of our lives. After all, they are one of the basic facilities that we depend on. Good quality provision instils confidence in public facilities as a whole, helps to inspire positive impressions, and contributes to many other important aspects of life.

It is important that children have the confidence that the facilities they need are available when they are in school – children rightly expect accessible, clean, safe and well maintained toilets.

Yesterday, Ben Phillips twitted “No one is coming in a cape, coming from outside, to save us. But together we can save ourselves.” “There is no justice, just us. That might sound sad at first but there is a huge power in “us”.”

When you nominate the water starved for water, toilet-less for toilets,… etc; others will promote rainwater harvesting and rainwater protection; and the your nominee gets water and or toilet. If you are an organization, your nominee gets water and toilets when you Makerainsafe for you.

Ben is Launch Director of the Fight Inequality Alliance. He was Campaigns and Policy Director for Oxfam and ActionAid International. He has lived and worked in four continents and 11 cities including New Delhi and Washington DC, as well as with children in poverty in East London. He has led programmes and campaigns teams in Save the Children, the Children’s Society, the Global Call to Action Against Poverty and the Global Campaign for Educationd.

He began his development work at the grassroots, as a teacher and ANC activist living in Mamelodi township, South Africa, in 1994, just after the end of apartheid.

He is based in Nairobi.

Wakili Samuel Keter (on left on photo) nominates himself for RainSafe to #FightInequality. With the RainSafe, he will #makerainsafe for himself so that the municipal water he currently uses may be used by the underserves. 

Additionally, he nominates Lelaitich settlement scheme in Soin Ward, Sigowet/Soin Constituency Kericho District because they are a water starved village. Due to this nomination, Lelaitich will get a rain water harvesting system as solution to their water starvation.

Representatives of Lelaitich, Johana Mutai, Elisha Yegon, Joshua Kirwa, Benson Cheptiony and David Mutai agree to prepare the foundation and provide all unskilled labor required.

Samuel and the representatives propose that the County Government of Kericho should also #FightIequality by marking the solutions with their name or logo free of charge. Lelaitich will get the solution as soon as County Government of Kericho agrees to mark the solution.

We acknowledge the big contribution from Aiesec UoN towards #FightInequality. They are influencing organizations to #makerainsafe, consume the safe rainwater and even allow others to use their (organizations’) excess safe rainwater. When the organisations (eg hotels, banks, mobile phone service provider etc) do this, they free a lot of municipal water. The free water is used by the underserved communities at a much lower price.

Allowing others to use their excess safe rainwater reduces use of plastic water bottles, which end up blocking drains, among other things. Needless to say that flooding within towns and cities is partly due to the plastic bottles.

Aiesec UoN does #FightIequality in this manner on twitter – they are writing personalised posts and sharing the posts widely. They are also ‘carrying placards’, writing ordinary letters as a group, holding face to face meetings with representatives of the organizations etc

To #makerainsafe is at no cost to the organizations. It is an opportunity for the organizations to #FightInequality in a huge way.

See the self-explanatory letter of approving Sani solar toilets

Recall Mr Keter (on the left on photo above) proposed Safaricom to mark free of charge our work on Kitere Community water.

We are happy to announce that we have contracted a company that will move to site as soon as weather conditions improve a bit.The ground is currently very wet, a condition that may slow down works.

RaHa joins Fight Inequality Alliance (FIA) because they #FightInequality. FIA is a global coalition which has organized a number of activities, including the global Fight Inequality Week of Action, to focus global attention on the scourge of inequality at regional, national, and local levels.

We #FightInequality whenever we #MakeWinners out of the water starved and the toilet-less –– we make winners because  winners keep winning; an idea formally known as cumulative advantage, or the Matthew effect; which explains how those who start with an advantage relative to others can retain that advantage over long periods of time.

YES: global economic inequality is staggering and shaming –– the number of billionaires rose by the biggest amount ever in 2017, half the world’s population lives on between $2 and $10 a day. The 2018 World Inequality Report shows the share of wealth held by the top 1% of earners in the US doubled from 10% to 20% between 1980 and 2016, while the bottom 50% fell from 20% to 13% in the same period.

BUT: think about the story you tell yourself about yourself. In all the lives you could be living, in all of the worlds you could simulate, how much did luck play a role in this one? Have you gotten more than your fair share? Have you had to deal with more struggles than most? Nick Maggiulli asks this question because accepting luck as a primary determinant in your life is one of the most freeing ways to view the world. Why? Because when you realise the magnitude of happenstance and serendipity in your life, you can stop judging yourself on your outcomes and start focusing on your efforts.

Your EFFORT is the only thing you can control. So don’t let good luck put you on a pedestal, #FightInequality without spending – #makerainsafe for you, promote rainwater harvesting  and promote rainwater protection. This will #MakeWinners.

Don’t let bad luck knock you down either—some of us are born with more advantages than others and some of us are born with less, but you should never let that define how hard you try — #FightInequality without spending. Start accumulating advantages, bottle rainwater for income, farm, car-wash… Win by having a reliable clean close toilet and water.

Listen to Kofi Annan, “…From the boardrooms of Wall Street to the streets of Athens, there is a growing consensus that the current economic model is not fit for purpose. We are far from agreement though on what should replace it. What is absolutely crucial is that the voices of the people most affected by inequality must be heard in the debates that follow”… (the emphasis is ours) …”This is why The Elders, a group of independent leaders founded by Nelson Mandela of which I have the honor to be the chair, is working with civil-society activists from the Fight Inequality Alliance to promote an inclusive, just, and bold agenda….”

For another day is the question, who is MOST affected by the inequality – the ‘winners’ are clearly most affected (they feel increasingly insecure) the same way the ‘losers’ are.

While nominating St. Timothy Bunyere Primary School for rooftop rainwater harvesting, Cecilia Nambalirwa (in photo above) proposed that Humanity For Good marks the harvesting system with their name and or logo (Humanity for Good). The marking and promoting of the project is contributions to the project by Humanity For Good.

Cecilia said, “to ‘Even It Up’, I nominate St. Timothy Bunyere Primary school for access to Water. The nominee is a water starved school located in Kisekka Sub county Lwengo district Uganda. I would like an advertiser called Humanity For Good to mark the gift with their name or logo free of charge. The nominee and I agree that the gift be built in St. Timothy Bunyere Primary School in Kisekka Sub county Lwengo district Uganda. The nominee agrees to prepare the foundation and provide all unskilled labor required.”

She added:

 

Cecilia Nambalirwa has nominated Kyassonko Primary School for toilet. Cecilia is a fellow of Building Tomorrow Uganda. As a fellow, her work is enviable. She works in four schools found in a hard to reach areas. She has to solve the challenges faced by the schools and villages around the schools. She works with the headteachers and the parents to see to it that they solve the challenges.

She said, “I work on behalf of Building Tomorrow but most importantly to impact and change communities and schools”.

She proposed that Humanity For Good marks the toilet with their name. By marking, Humanity For Good will promote the good work of providing water and toilets to villages and schools.

Humanity For Good is an Icelandic NGO foundation, founded in 2007 by Occupational Therapist, Public Health Scientist and M.Phil in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict and current PhD student Kristín Einarsdóttir (the one on the right in photo of two wearing sun glasses)Humanity For Good recognises that there are many possible paths to peace and for people to gain access to better quality of life and the basic human right to actively participate in the society they live in.

Cecilia said “to ‘Even It Up’, I nominate …Teddy Nansinkombi, Emmanuel Senyonga, Eron Nakirya, Harriet Namugema and Antonio Mugumya…I ask that the nominee’s Solutions be built within their school called Kyassonko Primary School…in Kisekka Sub county, Lwengo district Uganda.

The nominees have agreed to prepare the foundation and provide all unskilled labor required.

We are please to announce that DW News has today featured us again. This time the subject is rainwater harvesting. Enjoy.