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Located in a slum, Katwekera village lacks water and basic sanitation services. About 150 people share one latrine with many resorting to use of flying toilets and open spaces. Overflow from shallow latrines into open drains poses a health hazard and constrains access by children, the elderly and the physically challenged. Water from various sources is sold by vendors at 4 times higher per litre than the tariffs charged by Nairobi Water Company. Since most residents earn less than a dollar a day, they cannot afford adequate water for their daily needs.
In 2005, five groups that constitute TOSHA coalition democratically elected their leaders and participated in a capacity building programme coordinated by Umande Trust and Halcrow Foundation. The Trust mobilized members in a scoping study aimed at building their capacities to enable them effectively participate in planning, implementing and managing water and sanitation projects in Katwekera.The objectives of the initiative were to build capacities of community based resource persons and groups in initiating and managing projects, promoting hygiene in order to change behaviour, designing and constructing a water and sanitation projects based on sound partnerships at all levels.
The community achieved: