Through a partnership formed at the Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) Annual Meeting and World Student Community for Sustainable Development (WSC-SD) held at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, February 2009, Mr. Otieno Nickson and Kristina Nelson agreed to plan and undertake a biosand filters water project in Kenya. This was developed as a test case for the African Initiative, a spin-off initiative of the WSC-SD.
Incorporate a local branch of SWALLOW as a Kenyan NGO with the goal of providing long-term support in bringing safe drinking water to the region.
Train selected local villagers who are committed to the long-term goals of providing safe drinking water for their village and surrounding areas. Training includes biosand filter construction, installation, operation, maintenance, trouble-shooting, design parameters, etc.
Host health and hygiene classes for trainees and villagers
Build and install biosand filters for families who currently drink from unprotected and untreated surface water (i.e. ponds and rivers that are accessed by animals, used for bathing in, etc.)
Set-Up a programme and coordinate with local leaders and health officials for long-term filter building in the area