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since inception, clean up kenya has grown to become a national public sanitation brand

Clean Up Kenya was established in July 2015 to advocate for and promote sustainable public sanitation in Kenya. When the project began, the focus was on the issues of solid waste management particularly on areas of weak behavioral interventions which are often manifested in littering and illegal dumping.

The scope of our work has gradually expanded to include issues such as gaps in public sanitation regulatory frameworks, inadequate investment in waste management infrastructure for both solid and liquid waste, improper management of commissioned dumpsites, the role of the private sector in solutions building, issues of extended producer responsibility and sanitation rights particularly for the urban poor.

In the last four years we have conducted an online advocacy campaign on the above issues which has reached over ten million persons and inspired many positive actions across the country.

We have also run two flagship projects in several counties where thousands of citizens and hundreds of organizations have been reached. Among these is an environmental mentoring project targeting children under the age of thirteen which has directly impacted over 6000 children with a multiplier effect on 15,000 more.

In April 2019, we launched the #CleanUpKenyaCoalition, the premier national coalition against pollution in Kenya. Three months after launch, the coalition had recruited over 2,500 members including students, private citizens, public leaders and several organizations including Strathmore University among others.

Our long term plan is to provide sanitation services and sustainability consultancy to governments, the private sector and the public and to expand our work across Africa. In 2018 we helped set up Litter Free Ghana and 1n 2019, Clean Up Uganda.

The project is led by its Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Betterman Simidi (right), with the help of a Country Director, Martin Muriithi (left), and is supported by an Advisory Board. Since 2016, we have benefitted from technical advice from different technocrats including, Dr. Yolanda Coombes, a former Sanitation Specialist at the World Bank.

testimonials

My work with Clean Up Kenya has exposed me to areas that show how human behavior has messed up the world. We owe it to ourselves and to our children to protect the environment.

Debbie Oyugi, Founder and CEO, Debbie Oyugi Kids

Through Clean Up Kenya’s collaboration, we were able to kick-start our monthly cleanups, as well as create a forum where we engage public officials on how to improve sanitation.

Anne Wele, Co-Founder, Project Clean-Up Langata

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