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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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Sanergy team members Joseph Githinji and Peter Macharia,
taken by Nicole Parisi-Smith

When anyone at Sanergy has a question about Mukuru, there is one guy we automatically turn to: Peter Macharia, marketing team member and January Teammate of the month. The recent challenge: where do we find local music talent to develop the first ever Fresh Life song?

Before Sanergy, Peter directed educational performances (edu-tainment) in Mukuru through the Discovery Life Program, which cultivates local artistic talent to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and teach life skills. Two of Peter’s Discovery Life Program friends, Nelmo and General Nyiden, gained fame in Mukuru after collaborating on a song that unified their community around preventing drug abuse and crime. Nelmo’s upbeat dance songs are popular amongst area residents whereas General Nyiden is known for his energizing reggae songs. Mukuru is also home to Love-E Mgenge, an underground hip hop artist. Peter decided to bring together Nelmo, General Nyiden, and Love-E Mgenge.

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