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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Majengo, Nairobi, Kenya

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Majengo, Nairobi, Kenya
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Registered: November 2007
City/Town/Province: Nairobi
Posts: 7
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The title of my project is clean-up campaign. I started this in Majengo slum in Kenya which is my home land. The work of the project was collecting and disposing waste products as well as mobilizing the community in maintaining a clean and health environment management education.

Some of the areas that I have completed clean up are Majengo, Muthurwa and Land Mawe which both fall in Nairobi Province and in communicating cost. The residents of this areas were not concerned about their environment. Most of them were dumping their wastes right outside their doorsteps making the environment unbearable, there was also a poor drainage and poor waste collection which posed health problems children who tend to play wherever there is open land or interesting opportunities for exploitation, in stagnant water and drainage ditches or the scavenge in piles of garbage. in many communities in Africa it is impossible for children to play indoors and to avoid these hazards children between 5 and 10 years old for instance are disproportionately affected by ludmithes and by such water-based diseases as bilharaias cholera and typhoid.

Therefore in case of a disease outbreak the slum dwellers were the first victims to bear the brant. I thought there was imminent danger to underprivileged people if something was not going to be done quickly to overcome the situation before it worsens. For example in Majengo slum where I stay there is a river called Nairobi River. The river has been turned to be a dumping site for waste products. The people in community are not concerned about their environmental and their hygiene and also the city council of Nairobi in Kenya have failed to play its part well. It has neglected the slum areas in Kenya which are adversely affected by poor waste management. The river has been polluted by local people themselves and some industries and some industries who dump their waste product in the river without treating them.

During my clean up campaign in these areas, I collected and removed about 10,000 kg of litter and planted 50 trees in each area, but because of the few equipment which I borrowed such as wheelbarrow and spade from local communities I was not able to finish collecting waste products in some of the areas.

During cleanup campaigns which I conducted in Majengo slum, Muthurwa and Landmawe with my fellow youths who are in Cleanup Young Youth Club. I collected and removed 10,000kg of litter near homes and drains all stagnant water that was a breeding site for mosquitoes with few tools available.

While conducting cleanup, attitude towards solid waste may be positively influenced by public information and educational measures improved waste handling pattern can hardly be maintained in the absences of practical waste disposal options. Awareness building measure should therefore be coordinated with improvement in waste collection services whether public or community managed. Waste generation and disposal patterns are influenced by people. A collective logical involved, because improved waste handling practices will only field significant environmental impact if most household in the community participate in waste management. thus, besides general awareness improve local waste management depends upon the availability of practical options for waste collection and a consensus among neighbours that improvement are both important and possible to promote health standards in the slums region through mobilization, awareness creation and youth training on environmental management.

The best was of reducing litter problems so that cleanup carried will have lasting values are:-
To provide teaching assistance and support to the communities in Africa and other continents in the world concerning waste management and tree planting through seminars, workshops and other training sessions.

To start waste reflecting project which will help the people from the informal settlements to earn a living and generate income and therefore reducing the amount of litter produced to become fertilizer from organic waste so as to mange the garbage menace in the society.

I think it is very important for me to take care of the area where I conducted my project because poor waste management will have a disastrous impact on the environment. And because of this the residents living in that area will live in absolute poverty. Sanitary conditions in that areas will be also poor and serious outbreaks of diseases will be common in those areas.

As a young youth who understand their role in the society, we decided to collect and dispose waste product as well as mobilizing the community to maintain a clean and healthy environment so as to promote a better environment in the society.

The picture is showing young youth aged 8-16 years old ,members of Clean-Up Young Youth Club which is a voluntary community based and Non-profit club. I am the one who formed it (Linus14075). After forming the club I inspired the group to start a garbage collection project that will benefits the local communities and their environment.

The group started to collect waste product from local houses, removing garbage heaps and dumping sites near homes and draining all stagnant water that might be a breeding sites for mosquitoes with the few tools available every Saturday and Sunday morning. The club also has been providing the local communities with free polythene bags from where to put their waste product so as to ensure the local communities live in hygienic condition and in better environment. I got the capital to buy the polythene bags from members contribution.
Date: December 21, 2007 Views: 9078 File size: 20.4kb, 495.4kb : 1056 x 800
Hours Volunteered: 200
Volunteers: 50
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 8 to 16
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 5
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 5000
Native Trees Planted: 75
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Registered: September 2008
City/Town/Province: phoenix
Posts: 1
September 7, 2008 11:49am

That's great and nice from you.

Keep up the good job!