REPORT ON THE CLEAN-UP EXERCISE HELD IN KIBERA COMMUNITY, NAIROBI, KENYA

The two days cleanup exercise took place from Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th of October 2021, in Kibera Community, Nairobi, Kenya.

The exercise aimed to create a clean and conducive environment for inhabitants of the Kibera community, Nairobi, Kenya. While also sensitizing the participants on the need and importance of a clean environment to healthy living, participants were encouraged to embrace the act of keeping a clean environment as a healthy lifestyle brand while championing waste resourcing initiatives.

It was an intensive cleanup exercise with 7320kg of waste materials collected from the environment. The spruced-up sites include Kianda-Kibera road(10km), Lindi, Sarang-ombe, and Soweto areas.

The team consisting of 87 volunteers led by the Project Lead, Michael Okuku, executed the project. The team showed great enthusiasm and excitement during the exercise. Other residents/locals joined in mass to support the work. Shortly after the cleanup exercise, a sensitization talk was organized for community members to educate them further on how to sustain the work for global goals.

While there was full compliance with the COVID-19 rules, over 100 people were in attendance. Notably were: The sub-county government ably represented by the local chief, Francis Ochieng Oduya – Area Chief; Allan Mukhongo – Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) Officer; Alice Wahome – Member of Kibera Mazingira; Gathoni Wamungoma, Member of Kibera Mazingira; Shadiah Mwangi – Member of Kibera Map Group; and Stella Musijo – CEO and Founder of Muramba Environment Institute.

Ultimately, special appreciation goes to Mr Felix Abayomi, Founder/President of Wildlife of Africa Conservation Initiative (WACI), for sponsorship and support to ensure that the project went successful.