Lack of sanitation is the world’s leading cause of infection and disease. In Kibera, this is especially true. Kibera’s high density and total lack of infrastructure has led to acute problems of drainage, sanitation and solid waste management. Due to lack of access to sanitation facilities, many residents are forced to resort to what are referred to as “flying toilets,” or defecating into a plastic bag and throwing the contents. Kibera’s lack of sanitation infrastructure has a detrimental effect on the well-being and overall health of the community, contributing to a disproportionate disease burden and intolerable living conditions.
The Toilet Access Project (TAP) consists of a bio-latrine center adjacent to the Kibera School for Girls and a community toilet project that builds sanitary toilets throughout Kibera to mitigate this crisis. Shining Hope for Communities also leads extensive community education surrounding sanitation issues through both our SHOFCO Youth Programs and Community Health Worker programs.