Community Initiatives

ENGAGING COMMUNITIES IS KEY TO ADDRESSING KENYA'S WASTE CRISIS AND EMERGENCY

The Urban Community Cleanup Initiative was launched in July 2016 to advocate for positive behavioral values in citizens and to promote involvement of communities and organisations in mitigating issues of public sanitation. One aspect of the project is to hold a series of events to draw attention to public sanitation issues, which culminates in a major cleanup in the target town/city where as many organizations and individuals as much as possible are invited to participate.

So far over 10,000 volunteers have participated in projects held in in several counties in Kenya including hundreds of organizations such as UN Environment, UNESCO, Kenya Commercial Bank, Pwani University, Kenya Wildlife Training Institute, National Youth Service, Gaplink International, Smile Africa, Sanivation, to name but a few. For example a total of 34 organizations participated in the Naivasha cleanup some transporting volunteers from as far as Nairobi, Kiambu and Nakuru.

These projects often provide opportunities for engagement with local communities on sanitation issues, providing opportunities for local business and communities with authorities to collaborate in finding local solutions to waste issues and enhancing civic pride in clean neighborhoods. The projects also deliver an equivocal message to authorities on the urgency of fixing the waste crisis in the country.

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