We are shocked and saddened by today’s tragic events in Sinai, a village in Viwandani and directly across the river from Mukuru, the two areas where Sanergy is currently working. More than 100 people lost their lives after oil leaked from a nearby pipeline into the sewage-filled river – drawing people toward the river for the free oil before violently exploding.

Today’s events underscore many of the harsh challenges and real dangers of living in Nairobi’s densely packed slums: Land is scarce, so people spend their hard-earned money to rent small, insecure homes on land perilously close to train tracks, open sewers, and pipelines. People must earn income or acquire valuable goods by nearly any means necessary. The sharply rising costs in recent months understandably pushed people to take frightening risks in order to collect seemingly free petrol. Poverty killed the residents of Sinai.

Sanergy is committed to improving the quality of life in Viwandani and Mukuru by increasing access to sanitation and providing good jobs and income-generating entrepreneurial opportunities. Today, though, we pause, reflect, and send our deepest condolences to our friends who have lost their homes and loved ones.

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