This past week I had the exciting opportunity to give a presentation on the Life Force Kiosks concept to the Kenyan Inter-agency Coordination Committee (ICC) at their quarterly National Environmental Sanitation & Hygiene conference. The ICC is composed of the Kenyan Ministry of Public Health & Sanitation, Ministry of Water, Ministry of Education, and representatives from most major NGOs including UNICEF, Oxfam, CARE, KWAHO, and many others. Overall there were roughly 50 attendees.
The Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) invited me to present and introduce Life Force Kiosks to the major players in the water and sanitation sector. It was fantastic to discuss our concept with so many experts in the field, and it was incredibly energizing that our model was met with nothing but positivity and excitement.
I’ll be meeting with the CPHO again next week and I’m hoping we’ll soon have the official support of the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation. I’m also meeting with the Kenya Medical Research Institute on Monday and they’ve indicated they can begin the water testing discussed in a previous post as early as this week.
Along with presenting at the ICC meeting, I also had the opportunity to hear about several other interesting water and sanitation programs being implemented throughout Kenya. We also went on a field visit to a very small village where CARE has been working to set up latrines, water tanks, and hand washing stations. They’ve done some great work and it was nice to go into the community and see how the achievements they’ve made. I’m already thinking of how to integrate the low-cost hand washing stations into the Life Force Kiosks model. Stay tuned for additional updates on our launch over the next few days.