March 1st, 2010

The Huruma slum upgrading project yields fruits in Kenya

NAIROBI, 23 February 2010 (IRIN) - Four years after an innovative slum-upgrading project was launched in Huruma, to the northeast of the Kenyan capital, at least 200 households are now living in improved homes, complete with infrastructure such as running water, sewage connection, electricity, drainage, paving and renovated toilet blocks.

"We have at least 50 houses still under construction. We hope to complete these in the near future as the project comes to an end," said Chiara Camozzi, project manager for the Italian NGO, COOPI, which spearheaded the project.

Initially planned to take three years (2005-2007), the 1.5 million euro (US$2.1 million) project has stretched into 2010 due to complications, such as the post-election violence of early 2008, which affected parts of Huruma. COOPI is the project's implementing agency, with the Italian ministry of foreign affairs one of the main donors.

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