Acara Summer Institute 2013

7 days. 13 teams. 26 students from the US and India. Once again, Acara ran the Summer Institute in June 2013 in Bangalore, India. This year, the environmental entrepreneurship boot camp ¬†was managed… Continue reading

Around Bangalore and MyRain in Madurai

In early June 2013, Fred Rose (Acara Director) and I hopped on a night train to Madurai, near the southern tip of India. We spent 3 days with MyRain CEO and Acara alumnus,… Continue reading

Water and Sanitation in Kibera

The Ngong River runs black with sewage in Kibera. Following decades of unauthorized and unregulated development, infrastructure provision in Kibera remains limited. Access to sanitation, sewerage, solid waste management, and clean water are insuff…

Soccer, Hills, & Sites

Work in Kibera continues with Kounkuey Design Initiative. We spend 2-3 days each week in Kibera for meetings and surveying. Other days are spent on design work for upcoming projects. When not working, we are enjoying time in Nairobi. Last week we …

Naivasha Trip

After a lot of work in Kibera, the six interns decided to take off for a day. We spent an evening at Jack’s family farmhouse in the tea estates 80 km from Nairobi. We then drove the next morning, after an awesome breakfast, to Hell’s Gate National…

Nairobi Dam and more

Today began with a visit to the Nairobi Dam, which is just downstream from Kibera. A developer is constructing an apartment building at the toe of the dam. The dam has collapsed and destroyed the construction stie twice so far, and now the develop…

Surveying continued . . .

The surveying continues at project site 4 in Kibera. Watch out, goats! The view downstream from the center of site 4. It’s a one minute walk around the Ngong River, so we went over. KDI-run community meeting about site 4 development. Taking measur…

Surveying Kibera (Site 04)

Jack, Marg, and I surveyed KDI’s new site, site 4, in order to develop a site plan that would be used in the community design workshops. Breakfast (chai tea and chapatis) in Kibera with the KDI team. Anyone need a pair of leather shoes? The ‘shop’…

Exploring the Ngong River

KDI’s first community project in Kibera occurred at the point where the Ngong River exits Kibera and enters the Nairobi Dam. In the rains of April 2012, the river experienced heavy flows. The stream bed dropped by 1-2 meters as the streambed soil …

Welcome to Kibera, Nairobi

I arrived in Nairobi early morning Sunday July 15 from Delhi. I’m here for 2.5 months working with Kounkuey Design Initiative, a design firm specializing in design of productive public spaces with communities. I’m working as an engineering intern …