Improving Sanitation and Hygiene in Kibera

Improving Sanitation and Hygiene in Kibera

13th April 2021 – The Cabinet Secretary Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Sicily K. Kariuki, (Mrs) E.G.H. handed over Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPE’s) to Mazingira Yetu Community Based Organization to aid in Ngong River Restoration under the Nairobi City Regeneration Program (NCRP).

The Cabinet Secretary handed over 200 Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPE’s) comprising of Reflectors, Helmets, Gumboots and overalls together with rakes, pangas and shovels to Mazingira Yetu Community Based Organization at Maji House, the PPE’s will go a long way towards ensuring 8 km of rivers in Kibera Informal Settlement are cleaned up and maintained.

The Nairobi Regeneration Program has so far seen the construction of over 35 km of sewers, unblocking of 10 Km of sewers, reduction of river pollution through construction of over seven river crossings across Nairobi, Ngong, Mathare, Ruiruaka and Kibarage Rivers and construction of 15 ablution blocks is also complete.

Kibera Informal Setttlement interventions in collaboration with Mazingira Yetu entails construction of 19 ablution blocks, unblocking, rehabilitation of manholes, extension of sewer line to Jamhuri Showground and laying of 18 km of water supply lines to provide water for the ablution blocks. The project is currently 75% complete and set to benefit more than 40,000 residents of Kibera.

The Government of Kenya is targeting to lay over 400 km of sewers in the next 5 years to raise the sanitation coverage from the current 48% to 60% which will benefit more than 2.8 Million residents of Nairobi.

The CS was accompanied by Ministry of Water Sanitation and Irrigation Water Secretary Eng. S.A.O Alima, Irrigation Secetary Aboud Moeva, Secretary Administration Joseph Keter, Director National Water Services Chripsine Juma, Athi Water Works CEO Eng. Michael Thuita, Mazingira Yetu Sam Dindi (HSC), among other senior officials.