On Saturday September 8th, 2012 KDI initiated our fourth project site in Kibera, Nairobi with a Community Clean-Up. KPSP04 is located on the border of two villages, Laini Saba and Lindi. KDI has partnered with three groups to design, construct, and manage the new Productive Public Space: SlumCare, Usalama Bridge Youth Reform, and Ndovu – Laini Saba/Lindi Development Group. For Saturday’s clean-up KDI, SlumCare, Usalama, and Ndovu were joined by residents of the area, group members from NNDC Group from KPSP01, RUG from KPSP02, and BRIDGE from KPSP03, a representative from Ushirika na Usafi, Mario Kainga – Assistant Director of the Nairobi City Council Department of Environment, the Chief Environmental Officer of Nairobi, Peter Kogi – Nairobi City Council Kibera District Waste Manager, Rickson Wachira – Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company’s informal settlements department, Chief Ombati representing the District Officer and Laini Saba Councillor, Mr. Wu a wastewater expert, and Otieno Sunga of the Clean Kenya Campaign.
Thanks to the Department of Environment and the Clean Kenya Campaign we were able to use a municipal garbage truck to take the garbage from our site to Dandora, the only landfill in Nairobi. There are no formal trash collection services in Kibera, residents are forced to use the rivers and streams to carry their garbage away, so having a truck for the clean-up was a huge coup.
Saturday’s Clean-Up involved 150 volunteers who filled up 600 garbage bags with 23 cubic meters of trash. The municipal truck was loaded up with 13 tons of trash that was taken out of Kibera to the Dandora landfill. Saturday marks the beginning of our project’s construction and a formal launch of the project will be held on site this Saturday, September 15th, 2012.
See you there!