Over the past year, an energetic and empathetic group of Georgia Tech students made visits to Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp where sanitation systems are overburdened and difficult to maintain. Designed originally for 20,000 residents, the camp currently serves over 138,000. New arrivals to camp lack privacy and must share latrines with as many as 10 other families or 50 people, causing conditions to become unsanitary.
On March 25th, Team Sanivation was awarded $20,000 for first place in the InVenture Prize, a faculty-led innovation competition for undergraduate students at Georgia Tech, for their invention, the Safi Choo Toilet. The group also received a $5,000 People's Choice Award voted on during the event. Team Sanivation is comprised of Georgia Tech students Jasmine Burton, Erin Cobb, Brandie Banner, and Georgia Tech graduate, Becky Byler.