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Kenya, Kibera: “slum survivor” Patrick Mburu still emptying pit latrines to keep his kid in school

Pit latrine emptying in Kibera. Photo: KWAHO

Four years after news agency IRIN released its award-winning documentary film “Slum Survivors”, its makers returned to the Kenyan slum of Kibera to see what had happened to the main characters.

One of the most striking sequences of the film showed Patrick Mburu emptying pit latrine toilets in the dead of night. He did not much care for the job but the money was good and as he put it at the time, “I’ll carry as much shit as it takes to keep my kid in school.”

Four years later Patrick is still emptying toilets and his kid is still in school – and doing quite well by all accounts.

See below the section of “Slum Survivors” that follows Patrick at work at night emptying shared latrines [segment starts at 1.50].

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From high water table sanitation to music festival latrines

One place to get answers to questions about sanitation technologies is the WaterSanitationHygiene.org Forum.

Recent topics that sanitation practitioners have tackled are listed below.

Sanitation options in locations with a high water table

This question produced examples of options used in the Philippines, Haiti and Myanmar, and background material (3 Powerpoint presentations) from Oxfam.

Drawing: Oxfam

PeePoo bags

Are PeePoo bidegradable toilet bags suitable for use in emergencies?

Non-chemical latrines for music festivals

Suggestions came from Portugal where composting latrines and separate urinals for men and women were installed, and from the distributor of the commercially available women’s urinal the Shewee-inal.

Latrine emptying

Oxfam provided the technical details of their Poo-Pump (Manual Desludging Hand Pump – MDHP) in response to a question about latrine emptying options.

Poo Pump. Photo: Oxfam