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Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development

Improving sanitation in poor areas by shifting to urine-diverting sanitary toilet technology for human waste

Activity grant

Project Description

In the poor areas scattered throughout Kenya, many households do not have toilets and it is common for people to defecate outdoors. Even in cases where there are toilets, heavy rains cause fecal matter to overflow in pit latrine toilets dug into the ground, and in areas with high groundwater levels such as the Lake Victoria area, human waste and groundwater mix with each other. This contaminates the water and soil, and spreads waterborne diseases such as cholera and diarrhea, killing many people. In addition, both outdoor defecation and the holes of pit latrine toilets attract flies and transmit pathogens. This project aims to improve the situation by promoting a shift to urine-diverting sanitary toilet technology, which is useful in improving the sanitary environment, so that local residents can solve the problem by themselves. [No. K19-0082]

Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund FY2019 Activity Grants List (PDF 470KB)

Global Environment
Grant year
FY2019 Activity Grants
Grant term
1 year (April 2020 - March 2021)
Grant amount
Activity region
Kogoni-sub-district, East Kisumu district, West Kisumu sub-county, Kisumu County, and Busia-Ngara Village, Mukongoro sub-district, Isuru district, Ikoromani Sub-County, Kakamega County, Kenya
Eco-San Toilets in Busia-Ngara Village, built on stilts to prevent water ingress

Overview of the Organization

Representative: Teppei Nishioka
Project organization
Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development
Kenya Office Local Head: Teppei Nishioka
Establishment Purpose
The organization provides assistance to the needy in developing countries to help them improve their livelihoods and achieve economic independence and self-reliance. The organization also provides necessary assistance to the victims of disasters, including those in Japan. It carries out environmental and cultural preservation activities, including those in Japan, and conducts research, educational and support activities and training of human resources in relation to these activities. By doing so, it aims to promote international cooperation and contribute to the economic development of Japan and developing countries, as well as to domestic and international disaster relief, and cultural and environmental conservation measures.
Recent Activities
1. Overseas Business
  • Environmental protection (India, Kenya, etc.)
  • Education, vocational training and youth development (Jordan, etc.)
  • Improvement of livelihoods (India, Kenya, Philippines, etc.)
  • Improvement of healthcare and sanitation (India, Kenya, etc.)
  • Emergency humanitarian assistance (Jordan, etc.)

2. Business in Japan
  • Environmental Protection
  • Emergency disaster support (Great East Japan Earthquake, torrential rains in western Japan, etc.)
  • Human resource development (internships)
  • Development education (lectures at educational institutions, private companies, organizations, etc.)
Number of Full-time employees: 15 / Number of Part timers: 2 / Number of Members: 304(13 organizations)
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Voice of Representative
Residents of poor areas are struggling to make ends meet on a daily basis. Because they do not have access to sanitation, poverty leads to deteriorating health, creating a worsening situation. This project will be carried out with the belief that we can help to break this vicious cycle.