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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.

See the self-explanatory letter of approving Sani solar toilets

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.

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.

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 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

(no signature as this is an email transmission)

Yesterday, we formally presented to Kenya ActionAid and Government our intention to line water tank and build toilet in Kyuasini Primary School. ActionAid’s Lawrence Mwachidudu instructed us to do so in a meeting at the school.

The meeting was on 12-04-2018 inside the proposed girls’ boarding facility. ActionAid was represented by Lawrence and Catherine Mbiti. Kyuasini was represented by headteacher Kennedy Kitulu, Paul Kinyumu, Manetta Muia and Samuel Kivungi.

FROM: RAHA SOLUTIONS

TO: ENG. JACOB RUWA, OGW

CHAIR & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

KENYA ROADS BOARD

info@krb.go.ke

Dear Sir,

RE: PROVISION & MAINTENANCE OF CLEAN TOILETS ALONG ROADS FOR FREE USAGE

This letter is open because promoting public access to toilets is not only about increasing provision, improving the quality and cleanliness of toilet facilities, signage and other information about what is available. It is also about sharing information – including intentions to provide, small details like signposting, and mapping of, local toilets – that help to shape an image for roads, towns and cities that makes a lasting and positive impression on local people and visitors. This is important for local people and visitors alike.

Please allow us to, at our cost, add and maintain SANI SOLAR toilets along your good roads for free usage by road users. The toilets, related signages and access will form part of existing road furniture (like drainage systems, bus stops etc). Note that the toilets don’t use water, they use solar heat instead. The toilets will manufacture fertiliser for locals.

We ask to do this because you may not be planning to do this instantly, yet Kenya Ministry of Health and road users expect road services to include toilet facilities that are accessible, clean and safe.

Last week, director of public health in Kenya Ministry of Health, Kepha Ombacho, said ‘..all banks, supermarkets, parks, bus stations and other public places must have clean water and sanitation systems…In Nakuru and Narok, a bus driver can’t stop on the way and let passengers go and defecate in the open. They will be arrested and fined. This is what should be happening in all the counties’.

While proposing that buses should have in-built toilets, many members of public have welcomed this directive.

The truth is that very few of us can afford fares for buses with inbuilt toilets and we cannot stop call of nature so the busses must stop where we (with your support) will provide toilet facilities.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Regards,

RaHaSolutions

(no signature because this letter is an email transmission)