A NETFUND team joined key stakeholders from the environment sector in a clean-up exercise at Korogocho market which was hosted by the Youth Empowerment Development Network on December 5th, 2020.
The theme of the event was sustainable and Resilient Environmental Hygiene which is integral in endeavor to sensitize and empower the area residents on the impact of waste management and the COVID 19 pandemic.
Korogocho informal market is adjacent to Korogocho slum which is among the largest slum neighborhoods of Nairobi. The slum is home to 150,000 to 200,000 people pressed into 1.5 square kilometers, Northeast of the city center. With poor infrastructure, resource scarcity, high population, and proximity to the Dandora dumpsite, Korogocho residents are susceptible to poor health conditions.
Addressing the participants, NEMA Director- General Mamo B Mamo who represented the CS for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko, said that illegal dumping in places not specified will henceforth attract a fine of Ksh. 200,000 and every household should be responsible for managing waste. “There is need for advocacy and enforcement of environmental laws”, he added.
Speaking during the event, AMREF Program manager Jackline Kiarie, sensitized the community on Covid -19 pandemic and shared psycho social knowledge as simple ways to combat the virus; wearing clean masks, keeping social distance and frequent washing of hands.
This event was an effort towards creating awareness for a clean environment and waste management to support the realization of the country’s Vision 2030