The Homa Bay Blueprint: A Paradigm Shift in Global Sanitation

From Homa Bay, see a practical and transformative plan come to life, combining modern technology and local knowledge to pioneer a new era of sustainable living and healthy ecosystems.

In Homa Bay County, Kenya, a new, innovative project is underway, merging modern technology and local tradition to set a new standard in global sanitation. The Homa Bay Blueprint stands as a beacon of hope and innovation, setting forth a new paradigm that promises a cleaner, healthier, and sustainable future.


Who Will Benefit?

The immediate beneficiaries of this project are the vibrant communities residing around the shores of Lake Victoria, or as locals affectionately call it, Nam Lolwe. From fishermen setting out at dawn to families nurturing generations, the project aims to revitalize the lake’s ecosystem, creating ripple effects of prosperity and health that will reverberate far beyond Homa Bay. The population of Homa Bay County is 1.132 million people. 

Its Impact

This initiative promotes a circular economy, turning waste into valuable resources and paving the way for sustainable living with clean waters and thriving local economies. Serving as a practical blueprint, it sets a precedent to be replicated in other communities around the Great Lake region in Africa and beyond.

Impact on Homa Bay

The Pressing Problem

Lake Victoria, the lifeblood of numerous East African communities, is facing an unprecedented crisis due to rising pollution from residential, industrial, and marine sources. This alarming escalation not only imperils the fragile ecosystem but also poses severe repercussions for locals who depend on the lake for both livelihood and daily necessities. The urgency of the matter is evident, affecting individuals at both a personal and community level.

Our Innovative Solution

In response to this crisis, we have initiated the Homa Bay Blueprint project, partnering with 374Water. Together, we’re leveraging groundbreaking AirSCWO technology to transform waste into vital resources like clean energy, purified water, and minerals that serve as fertilizers. Our initiative is more than just a project; it’s a beacon of hope, deeply entrenched in the local culture and knowledge, promising to not only mitigate pollution but also turn it into a vehicle for community growth and sustainability.

Revolutionizing Environmental Data

The Lake Victoria Water Quality and Advocacy Project, integral to the Homa Bay Blueprint, marks a significant step towards rejuvenating the lake’s ecosystem. It introduces the first comprehensive data set on pollution for the entire lake region. Leveraging advanced GIS technology and an accessible app, this project provides essential real-time data on water quality, pinpointing pollution sources across Lake Victoria. This robust data collection not only guides targeted environmental policies but also empowers communities with actionable insights. With objectives to enhance the lake’s water quality by 20% within three years, escalate community involvement in monitoring efforts, and ensure the active use of its innovative data tools, this project is a key factor in the Homa Bay Blueprint’s mission to foster a sustainable and vibrant future for Lake Victoria and its dependent communities.

Centric Approach


Unlike previous initiatives that stumbled due to inadequate community engagement and unsustainable strategies, our project stands firm with a promise of long-lasting change.

We prioritize community involvement, weaving the essence of local knowledge into our project, thereby fostering economic benefits that are both tangible and sustainable. 

Listen to the voices of the local community and other stakeholders involved in the Blueprint.

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A Model for Global Sanitation

The Homa Bay Blueprint isn’t confined to just one region. It stands as a viable and adaptable blueprint, setting the stage for a revolution in global sanitation standards. It serves as a guide for communities around the Great Lake region in Africa and beyond, embodying a perfect harmony between environmental protection and sustainable development.

United for a Sustainable Future: Partnering with 374Water

In an ambitious move to reshape waste management and champion a sustainable circular economy in East Africa, Global Partners for Development (GPFD) and 374Water have synergized their strengths and expertise.

This collaboration began when 374Water sought a reliable implementing partner, and GPFD, with its 45-year history of working with communities in East Africa, was a perfect match.

Our Unified Vision

The epicenter of this partnership is Homa Bay County, where a targeted approach toward treating fecal sludge and industrial waste is taking shape. Our primary goal is to overhaul the current waste disposal practices, pivoting towards a solution that embodies environmental stewardship coupled with sustainable growth.

Progress and Milestones

Since its inception, this alliance has witnessed remarkable progress, notably securing the endorsement and cooperation of various county government entities and forging a productive partnership with the University of Nairobi. This academic collaboration promises invaluable technical support and insights from baseline studies on the county’s prevailing state of waste management.

In this initiative, GPFD is leading community engagement efforts, while 374Water contributes to technological innovation. Together, we are working closely with local communities to implement a sustainable and scalable solution that promotes environmental protection and sustainable development, both locally in the Great Lake region of Africa and potentially on a global scale.

The Path Forward

This collaboration is a practical plan for communities in the Great Lake region of Africa and beyond, combining environmental conservation with sustainable development. Together, we aim to create a replicable model for global implementation, focusing on real results and lasting commitment.

How Does the Project Work?

Our project in Homa Bay, Kenya, by the shores of Lake Victoria, is focused on implementing innovative solutions to promote environmental sustainability and uplift the local community. Here’s a straightforward breakdown of what the project involves and the processes it encompasses, aiming to establish a prosperous and sustainable future for the residents in the area. This initiative is made possible through our partnerships with nottoscale and 374Water.

Partnering with nottoscale architecture

We’ve teamed up with Peter Strzebniok, the principal and co-founder of nottoscale. Recognizing the crucial work Global Partners has been spearheading in East Africa for over four decades, Peter decided to lend his considerable expertise in architecture and sustainable design to our cause. Together, we are committed to fostering community-led development that hinges on local input and sustainable approaches.

Nottoscale is currently working with a Kenyan architect in order to implement local knowledge and expertise of materials and construction methods into the project, ensuring that the design is fully integrated with the site and various aspects of the local culture. 

Modular Design with Local Materials

Modular Design with Local Materials

Harnessing Tradition and Innovation

In our bid to foster sustainability and adhere to an eco-friendly blueprint, our project embraces local materials and construction methods such as the historic and efficient Nubian vault design – a technique that’s steeped in centuries of African architectural history. The Nubian vault, characterized by its curved shape, is renowned for its structural properties and natural cooling properties, making it an ideal architectural choice in the African climate.

Using local materials, particularly a modified mud brick, we have conceived a modular design that not only pays homage to traditional West African architecture but also ensures a significant reduction in the carbon footprint, as it negates the need to transport materials from afar. This approach underscores our commitment to marrying ancestral wisdom with modern innovation.

The Single Module

Description: Those diagrams showcase the development and versatility of a single module. Witness the construction process, illustrating the customizable aspects that make each module unique and adaptable to its intended use. This standalone structure serves as an excellent starting point for a large variety of building types and uses.

Scalable Modular Design

Description: Building upon the single module, this delineates how these units can seamlessly integrate, expanding both in length and width to form larger structures. This flexible design allows the facility to house the 374Water device, storage spaces for materials or fertilizer, drying areas for fish or seeds, and even spaces that can be used as educational hubs, research labs, or offices.

Benefits of Our Modular Approach

As we progress, we envision these modular structures becoming a beacon of sustainable development, encapsulating a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, and fostering a community that is both forward-thinking and rooted in its rich historical backdrop.

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Educational and Research Initiatives

Our partnership promises to cultivate educational and research initiatives, focusing on community-centric development projects. We believe in the power of local people to choose the development paths that best suit their communities. Through our collaborative efforts, we aim to introduce groundbreaking solutions to the myriad challenges the communities in East Africa face.

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Offsite Market Stalls

An integral part of this project involves setting up offsite market stalls that will facilitate the sale of various products such as fertilizer, a by-product of the wastewater treatment process designed by 374Water. These stalls not only promote a circular economy but also foster community growth and sustainability.

The Process

    • Initial Planning and Collaboration: Bringing together the expertise of nottoscale in design and the experience of Global Partners in community engagement to draft a sustainable plan of action
    • Implementation: Launching the wastewater treatment system by 374Water, a nucleus around which a circular economy would revolve.
    • Community Engagement: Stepping beyond infrastructural development, to facilitate education and awareness programs, nurturing a community that is aware and empowered.
    • Continuous Growth and Development: Aiming to create a sustainable ecosystem that encourages economic growth, environmental responsibility, and social development.

Why are Your Donations Important?

In our mission to spearhead a sustainable and community-driven development initiative in Homa Bay, Kenya, your financial support plays a pivotal role. Here, we outline why each donation matters significantly and how it contributes to the larger picture of fostering a healthier, empowered community.

Funding Groundbreaking Technology

Your generous contributions facilitate the implementation of state-of-the-art wastewater treatment systems designed by 374Water. These systems play a crucial role in transforming waste into valuable resources, a cornerstone in our effort to foster a circular economy that benefits both the environment and the local populace.

Empowering Local Communities

A substantial part of the donations will be channelled into community education and engagement programs. These initiatives aim to involve local residents in the project actively, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to take ownership and sustain the developments in the long run.

Building Sustainable Infrastructure

Collaborating with nottoscale and utilizing Peter Strzebniok's expertise, the funds will be invested in constructing environmentally conscious and culturally integrated buildings. The innovative modular design facilitates versatile and sustainable community spaces that cater to various needs, including education, research, and commercial ventures, all while minimizing the carbon footprint.

Fostering Economic Growth

By setting up infrastructures like market stalls to sell fertilizer and other by-products, your donations aid in creating new economic avenues for the local communities. These ventures not only provide a steady source of income but also spur growth and development within the region.

Ensuring Project Continuity and Expansion

Donations ensure the continuity of the project by facilitating essential operational aspects such as maintenance, staffing, and research. Furthermore, it aids in the potential expansion of the project, replicating the successful model in other regions, thus amplifying the positive impact globally.

Be Part of the Paradigm Shift in Global Sanitation!

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