Our campaign against littering and illegal dumping continues to gain momentum with another successfully held cleanup project in the town of Naivasha. This was the fourth major cleanup we are organizing after Githogoro, Limuru and Kilifi. In Naivasha, cleanups took place at five official sites of Kenyatta Avenue, Nakuru-Nairobi road, Karagita, Karagita public beach and Kamere. The Naivasha cleanup became the biggest we have organized so far in terms of the number and scope of organizations that participated. In total there were 33 organizations who took part together with hundreds of volunteers.
United Nations Environment and UNESCO led other international and local organizations in taking part in this project. They both sent 157 volunteers to Naivasha and concentrated their cleanups at Karagita public beach. Over 3 tones of litter were picked at this site highlighting the growing problem of marine litter. The litter was sorted on site, with about 70% taken to Karagita Community Cooker where the trash will be used as fuel. Lis Mullin Bernhardt from UN Environment was very influential in getting the United Nations volunteers to participate.
Sanivation led the local mobilization in Karagita area where five schools sent hundreds of students to participate. These schools include Rubiri, Thompson Falls, Bridge Academy Karagita, Sara Davis Academy and Mount Olive. Effie Akinyi of Sanivation was the team leader at this project site and did a lot of behind the scenes work to ensure the project was a success. Clean Up Kenya will soon induct her into our Hall of Fame, an award we give out to environmental leaders in communities. Eight farms that operate in the Naivasha area sent at least 30 volunteers each to this site. These farms include Wildfire which also provided drinking water for the volunteers as well as Florenses, Daramere Pilot, KRF Star, KRF Gorge, VKL Gorge and KRF Longonot. Vegpro provided the trucks that collected the litter after the cleanup. Oserian farm and Oserian Primary School participated in the cleanup at Kamere shopping centre.
2017 Clean Up Kenya Naivasha Day had earlier been flagged off by Clean Up Kenya Founder and CEO, Betterman Simidi together with Kenya Wildlife Services Training Institute (KWSTI) Principal, Dr. Charles Musyoki on Kenyatta Avenue. Dr. Musyoki reminded the participants that it was everyone’s responsibility to ensure a clean environment.
Mr Kiogora Muriithi who is the Nakuru County Director of Environment also actively participated in this project. While speaking to volunteers at Karagita beach, he encouraged for more collaborations between citizens, organizations and government in addressing the waste management problem in the country. He also stated, “as a county we also support the ban by the National Government on plastics.’
Other organizations that played key roles include Gaplink International under the able leadership of Tom Mboya, Ace Environmental Solutions, Red Cross, Karagita Community Cooker, World Food Program, Kenya Wildlife Services Training Institute, National Geographic Explorer, UN Women, Egerton Radio and Lake Naivasha Disability Association.
The climax of the project was at Uwanja wa Ndege stadium where children from Rubiri, Thompson Falls, Bridge Academy Karagita and Sara Davis Academy schools participated in a football tournament. Rubiri Primary School were crowned winners after defeating Sara Davis Academy 5-4 on penalties.
Clean Up Kenya will continue its campaign against littering and illegal dumping with the next town on our map being Bisil in Kajiado County.