‘Ghetto Youths’ innovates handwashing in Kampala slums


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‘Ghetto Youths’ innovates handwashing in Kampala slums

Dear SuSanA colleagues, 

Ahead of the Global Handwashing day this Thursday, i am excited to share with you some interesting stories that show actions being taken in different articles to promote 'Hand Hygiene for all.

Starting in Uganda where the Ghetto Research Lab is doing such an amazing job through innovative designs to promote hand hygiene in the informal settlement of Kamwokya, a city suburb in Uganda.  

According to the article authored by Sheila Nduhukire, correspondent of WSSCC now transitioning into the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund, each handwashing station costs approximately US$13 to make, using local materials, and they are then distributed free of charge to all Kampala slums. To date, the organization has produced 200 handwashing stations, which has provided employment for about 30 youth.

A series of feature stories to mark this year’s Global Handwashing Day on 15 October begins with their “smart innovation.”

Read more here  

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Dear Mbirungi,

It is amazing and important to have young innovators of school-going age within the sector. Young innovators are the future developers and can help come up with fresh ideas which contribute to the already existing efforts to improve sanitation.

The story you have shared also reminds us of a similar innovation by a 9year old boy in Kenya. The hands-free handwashing facility was made to help in the prevention of the spread of COVID 19 and other communicable diseases. The young boy’s innovation received so much recognition and he received a Presidential award for his innovation. Read more here:  https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-africa-52898797

In Zambia children from Kachele Trust School also expressed their creativity and knowledge about Covid-19 and one of the pupils made hand sanitizer as a COVID 19 preventive measure. Read more here:  https://forum.susana.org/covid-19-corona-virus-pandemic-in-relationship-to-wash/24221-children-as-wash-and-covid-19-ambassadors-and-role-models-in-schools-kachele-trust-school-lusaka-zambia

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Re: ‘Ghetto Youths’ innovates handwashing in Kampala slums

Thanks for sharing the work of the Ghetto Research Lab. GiveLove.org has been working with GRL and other groups in the community since March 2019 to provide public compost toilets (Container-based Sanitation with composting) and household toilets to vulnerable households (adult polio survivors).

Our system is based on the Humanure Approach. People can contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about this initiative and visit the projects in Kyebando and Kamwokya. 

We hope to scale up technical trainings in compost sanitation in February 2021. Our program was put on hold mid-March due to the Covid-19 lockdowns. 
Program Director, GiveLove.org — EcoSan Training Program
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