28 Nov '14, 1pm

A Kenyan kid turns his friends’ poop into clean energy

A Kenyan kid turns his friends’ poop into clean energy

In January 2013, Maseno School in western Kenya had just completed a brand new dormitory, but the building’s shoddy sanitation system was a stinky mess. Founded in 1906 by Christian missionaries, Maseno is the oldest English-language school in Kenya and counts President Obama’s pops among its notable alumni. The new dorm, home to 720 students, featured a pit latrine and malfunctioning sewer system that, predictably, smelled like shit. Periodic blockages brought on by lack of water made the foul odors even more putrid, and the faulty sewer system contaminated a nearby stream that provided freshwater to the community. Meanwhile, using firewood for cooking fuel was causing more problems. Burning wood in the school’s kitchen poses a serious health risk, threatening the lungs and throats of those who prepare food. And cutting down trees for firewood fuel provokes conflicts betw...

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