Human Needs Project
Human Needs Project (HNP) is a San Francisco-based organization working to provide Clean Drinking water to families in urban slum areas, while also providing access to knowledge, skill-sets and basic services. We aim to provide a wide array of services powered by clean technology, - micro infrastructures where no infrastructure exist - while also introducing slum upgrades through access to clean technology solutions accompanied by a financing plan.
Slums as Prisons
There are many ongoing efforts to provide water in rural areas, where small projects can provide water to small groups of people. However, in urban areas worldwide, in informal settlements of hundreds of thousands of desperately poor people, - 1 billion people world wide, are living in inhuman conditions, gathered into areas with no systems available to deal with their needs and refuse.
The lack of sanitation combined with the lack of water creates constant critical health crisis for slum populations because of enhanced opportunities of contagion and propagation due to the overwhelming presence of open areas of defecation and ‘flying toilets surrounding the few access points of water.
Furthermore, the effects of living in the slums have far-reaching consequences on the new generations growing up in them. For children being raised there, the slum is sentence to a lifetime of more of it. Poverty as prison. Opportunities for escape are very few.
HNP programs will provide tools to create opportunities for change, while providing clean water, sanitation and information to reduce infection from water-borne diseases.
The HNP pilot program is projected for Gatwekera Village, Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya. Construction will commence this year.