Painting Kibera Blue

Painting Kibera Blue

A few days ago, we finished construction of our second pilot site in Kibera. As one of the largest slums in the world, Kibera is home to nearly 1m people. The 3 sq. miles that Kibera stretches is divided into 8 villages. We are working in Soweto West with our community partner Carolina for Kibera. The pilot site will be operated by the Zulu Youth Group.

We’ve spent the past couple of posts explaining the model and the design. So we’ll get straight to the pictures this time. This time around we documented the construction process in detail to show exactly what it takes to put together a prefabricated ferrocement ecosan toilet in the slums of Nairobi. 
Before we can build, we have to dig out layers and layers of garbage.

Before we can build, we have to dig out layers and layers of garbage.

We dug two feet down, and it was still layers and layers of plastic bags.

We dug two feet down, and it was still layers and layers of plastic bags.

Laying down and leveling the prefabricated foundation posts.

Laying down and leveling the prefabricated foundation posts.

Topping it off with some mortar to attach the floor plate.

Topping it off with some mortar to attach the floor plate.

Installing the 3rd wall panel.

Installing the 3rd wall panel.

Pius installs the translucent corrugated roof sheet.

Pius installs the translucent corrugated roof sheet.

Epoxy coating on the floor for easy cleaning. Rounded corners on the walls and where the floor meets the wall to prevent buildup and improve cleanbility. Full collection barrels are sealed with a screw top lid and secured with a metal band prior to removal.

Epoxy coating on the floor for easy cleaning. Rounded corners on the walls and where the floor meets the wall to prevent buildup and improve cleanbility. Full collection barrels are sealed with a screw top lid and secured with a metal band prior to removal.

Removable squat plate installed.

Removable squat plate installed.

Ready for business!

Ready for business!

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