To address a critical sanitation need, the Ikotoilet project has envisioned and developed innovative sanitation facilities. Ikotoiliet tries to: provide convenient, highly hygienic and sustainable water and sanitation services to urban centres; create employment opportunities for youth; conserve diminishing natural resources; and influence policy.To achieve these goals, Ikotoilet builds sanitation kiosks that proivde toilets for the community as well as other revenue-generating services.
The design of the Ikotoilet (toilet mall concept) facilities includes water treatment/purification via use of UV rays ensuring availability of safe drinking water to the public. To encourage the public to make use of sanitation facilities and change the perceptions they hold towards toilets, the facility also includes add-ons such as bathrooms, which are mostly utilized by travelers, baby's changing rooms, a snack shop which also sells products like airtime, newspapers, and a shoe shine centre.
As its CGI commitment, the enterprise is targeting to build a total of 100 Ikotoilet facilities over the next two years in fifteen selected municipalities. In doing so, they hope to serve at least 300,000 people daily with safe water and sanitation and to create a pool of 1000 employees.The Ikotoilet project is purely based on demand, and especially from the municipal authorities and water utilities.
Sanitation is currently one of the greatest challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa in meeting the Millennium Developments Goals. The Report of the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) of the WHO and UNICEF in 2004 highlighted that the number of people lacking basic sanitation services rose from 2.1 billion in 2001 to 2.6 billion by 2004. In Kenya, only 46% of 34 million Kenyans have access to adequate sanitation and the current diarrhea outbreak is costing 20 deaths weekly (May 2009), mainly affecting the urban poor who mainly live in polluted environments in urban slums.
The Ikotoilet project is based on the ecological sanitation concept that ensures optimizing utility and design values of urban sanitation. The project is a private/public partnership between Ecotact Ltd (private sector) and the respective local authority, and water and sewerage utilities (public sector) all geared towards provision of hygienic public utilities. The project is borne out of the reality of an increasing lack of public conveniences. Where they exist, the conditions are in a pathetic hygienic state, coupled with significant pollution and accompanied by poor maintenance.
SEEKING: financial assistance, media and marketing opportunities. Financial resources for sacling up within the region, based on the current demand of the Ikotoilets. This will help us reach the underserved in our urban poor.
OFFERING: financial assistance, implementing partnership. We could offer bridging support as project implementators.