By Sandra Matata, AFS

Preparations for the toilets to be put up in Kericho are underway with the Kenya Roads Board promising to send us a ‘positive’ letter in response to our email. Raha Solutions has started negotiations with a dealer in containers, CONTECH, regarding design of the toilets (see above). We decided on containers because they are secure, fast, vaible and clean sanitation solution.

Alvin Rono, a bodaboda business person on the kericho-kapsoit route thinks the toilets will be of great help to the motorist community in Kericho and other motorists who use the route. They will no longer have to ease themselves in the thick bushes along the highway, he says. The toilets should have been on the road before the roads were opened for use, he agrees.

Sani Solar Toilets in shipping containers will ensure the needed efficient logistics and fast implementation.

Recall that CS Samuel Keter nominated roads in Kerich County for toilets.

Recall also that we contacted roads authorities regarding the nomination.

We are happy to announce that Kenya Roads Board called us to say that they were sending us a ‘positive’ letter in response to our email.

Based on the call from Kenya Roads Board, we started negotiations with a dealer in containers regarding design of the toilets (see photo above). Containers because they are secure and fast –– we believe that the toilets should have been on the roads before the roads were opened for use therefore, Sani Solar toilets in shipping containers will ensure the needed efficient logistics and fast implementation.

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.

On Tuesday 2 May 2018, roads in Kericho county were nominated for toilets – in line with recent Kenya Ministry of Health directive that service providers, road service providers included, must provide their clients with toilets for use free of charge. In the nomination, Mr. Sammy Keter proposed Saos Security firm. The security firm will provide security services.

Today, we informed Kenya National Highways Authority and Kenya Roads Board about the nomination, see email below. Therefore, we will wait for a reasonable period of time for response from the roads authority. We will then start construction of the toilets and related signages.

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

Today CS. Samuel Keter, Esq, CPS (K), on the left in photo, nominates Kiptere Water Community for RaHa Solutions. He proposes Safaricom PLC to mark their tank. The project is designed to cover a 16 square kilometre radius when it’s completed and 20,000 people will benefit from it. So far, only phase one of the project has been done.

The following is what Samuel said.

To ‘Even It Up’, I nominate Kiptere Water Community Project for support in repairing of an existing concrete water tank.

The nominee is a water starved village and some of the beneficiaries include schools, dispensaries and market centres located along Kiptere-Sondu road, Sigowet Ward, Sigowet/Soin Constituency in Kericho County.

I would like an advertiser called Safaricom PLC to mark the gift with their name or logo free of charge.

The nominee and I agree that the gift be built in Kiptere Location, Sigowet Ward, Sigowet /Soin Constituency, Kericho County.

The nominee agrees to prepare the foundation and provide all unskilled labor required.

Some of the beneficiaries are as follows:
1. Erick Chepkwony;
2. Andrew Koech;
3. David Koech;
4. Esther Korir (Principal Kakibei Girls);
5. Mr. Kirui (Principal Kakibei Boys);
6. Joshua Langat(Skyline Academy);
7. Jeremiah Bett;
8. Evaline Chepngeno ( Principal Marumbasi Secondary);
9. Julius Rono Tele;
10. Sammy Bett( Chipchip);
11. Geoffrey Chepkwony;
12. Robert Chepkwony;
13. Kenneth Chepkwony;
14. Joseph Koech;
15. Andrew Chirchir;
16. Peter Bett;
17. Paul Tonui;
18. Isaiah Rono;
19. Mark Tonui;
20. Shadrack Kerich.

We have emailed this to Kenya State Department of Interior

State Department of Interior
Harambee House, Harambee Avenue
P.O Box 30510,00100 Nairobi.
Tel: +254-20-2227411
Email: ps.interior@kenya.go.ke, ps.pais@kenya.go.ke

RE: PROVISION & MAINTENANCE OF TOILETS IN POLICE CHECK POINTS

Recently, Kenya Ministry of health issued directive for managing human excreta and urine within service providing areas.

Police check points along roads have no toilets.

Please allow us to provide, install and maintain few SANI SOLAR toilets for free usage by the police.

We seek to do this because there may be NO budget for this for now yet poor excreta management anywhere results in contamination that affects many other citizens in the urban and rural space. Partial solutions will deliver only minimal public health, economic, social, and environmental benefits. To be cost effective, sanitation services must be planned to serve all those who need them – rich and poor alike.

REGARDS

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