Umande’s Green School Initiative aims to improve the water, sanitation, and environment of schools through the implementation of bio-sanitation projects.
The “Promoting Eco-sanitation and Water Services in People’s Settlements in Kibera and Mukuru” project was a 3-year partnership venture between Umande Trust and WimmaLikkuta, both civil society organizations based in Kenya and Finland respectively.
Umande is currently involved in a project, Realizing the Right to Total Sanitation in Nakuru Low Income Settlements, in the Kaptembwo and Rhonda settlements.
One of Umande’s ongoing projects, the Urban Neighborhood Development Plans (URNEPs),is working to build the capacity of a number of urban poor communities so that they can participate in the planning and determination of development initiatives in the area in which they live.
Umande is currently in the planning stages of building a biogas and fertilizer plant in the informal settlement of Kibera in Nairobi. This plant will harness biogas from the human waste collected at Umande’s biocenters around Kibera, as well as vegetable waste from markets in Kibera.
This project, which is being implemented by Umande, serves to support women who live in informal settlements and are interested in public leadership. It focuses on increasing the number of women leaders in various political and social leadership positions and on increasing women’s voices and visibility.
Umande is currently supporting the Walk, Run, and Dance initiative, which enables youth in Kisumu, Nakuru, Nairobi, and Embu to work together and with local leaders to enact positive change in their communities.
Umande has in the past developed a training program to assist capacity builders in developing training and educational programs on the Right to Water and Sanitation (RTWS) and how it can be promoted and worked on in more practical ways.
In January 2014, Umande Trust conducted a survey on water, hygiene, and sanitation (WASH) in the KwaNjenga area of Mukuru, an informal settlement in Nairobi. Access to safe, reliable, and affordable drinking water is a struggle for many residents of Kenya, especially those who live in rural areas and informal settlements.
Under the Same Sky, started in February 2010 in the Kibera slums, is a project that addresses local environment and climate change problems. Comprised of two parts, the Schools in Kibera and the Schools Exchange Programme, UTSS targets different groups focusing on environment, poverty, and education issues.