Sanergy team members  James Mbugua and Peter Macharia instructing Baptist Primary School students in proper Fresh Life Toilet use.

Sanergy team members James Mbugua and Peter Macharia instructing Baptist Primary School teachers and students in proper Fresh Life Toilet use

The global sanitation crisis is frightening when it comes to kids. 1.6 million children die each year from diarrheal-related disease – 27,400 in Kenya alone.i This is higher than the number of deaths caused by AIDS, malaria and TB combined. According to the World Bank, 54% of international variation across height for under-developed children can be attributed to a lack of hygienic sanitation.ii This last stat is stunning. Basically, it doesn’t matter how developed the country where a child grows up is; it’s just whether or not you have access to hygienic sanitation that largely determines that child’s growth.

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At Sanergy, we are able to meet our goals thanks to a team of individuals who possess not only technical expertise, but also a passion for and deep commitment to bringing hygienic sanitation to the slums. We found all of these attributes and more in the 7 student interns that we recently welcomed to the Sanergy family. Read on to learn what Anita, Brianna, Rishub, Waweru, Allison, Sale, and Kyle have done this summer to improve our day-to-day operations.

In addition to our fantastic interns, we also want to celebrate sponsors Colgate University, Columbia University, University of the Pacific, The World We Want Foundation, and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Anita Jivani

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Ephantus, Fresh Life Operator and Landlord, standing in front of his former pit latrine, now a Fresh Life Toilet.

Ephantus, Fresh Life Operator and Landlord, standing in front of his former pit latrine, now a Fresh Life Toilet

Sanergy’s engineering team is always looking for new ways to fit our Fresh Life Toilets into the densely-packed slums of Nairobi. Indeed, we’ve found ways to build in some incredibly narrow alleyways. Now, we’re beginning to build where other toilets have been built before.

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Students holding trees in the courtyard of Stevens Academy Group of Schools courtyard.

Students holding trees in the courtyard of Stevens Academy Group of Schools courtyard.

Here at Sanergy we share Greenbelt Movement founder Wangari Muta Maathai’s sentiment. (Unbowed, pp 137-38) We proved her right last week, with the aid of one hundred primary school students.

Bright Angels Academy, Stevens Group of Schools Academy, and Jaombi Foundation Primary School, three schools that provide Fresh Life Toilets for their students’ use, joined us last Wednesday for our World Environment Day community cleanup, edutainment, and school tree planting ceremonies.

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James Mbugua, Sanergy Marketing and Branding Associate.

James Mbugua, Sanergy Marketing and Branding Associate.

When asked for their impressions of Fresh Life, Mukuru residents will tell you our Fresh Life Toilets are very clean. We work hard to keep that brand promise, engaging everyone who comes into contact with Fresh Life – especially our younger customers.

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