The British Government has given WasteAid funding from UK Aid to set up a waste and recycling centre in Kenya that will aim to create green jobs and contribute towards a cleaner environment.
This fund is part of the Small Charities Challenge fund.
The community, Kwa Muhia, is on the southern shores of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, with most of the 7,000 citizens working on nearby flower farms producing cut flowers for UK supermarkets.
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With no formal waste management or sanitation provision, Kwa Muhia is in a state of pollution, and the conservation status of the Lake is under threat from plastic pollution from the community.
The funding will run until the end of 2020, during which time WasteAid and the local partner organisation Kwa Muhia Environmental Group (KMEG) will have established good practice with regard to solid waste management.
WasteAid’s Jill Matthews is currently in Kenya working with KMEG to gather baseline data and prepare a site for the new community waste management and recycling centre.
The local team will organise a waste collection service for a range of materials and process the materials into useful items that can be sold in local markets.
KMEG project manager Duncan Oloo said: “Waste is a serious problem in Kenya. Thanks to the funding from UK Aid Direct, and support from WasteAid, the Kwa-Muhia Environmental Group (KMEG) will be able to clean up our informal settlement and convert waste into wealth.
“This project will improve public health in the village by reducing diseases spread by uncollected rubbish, especially among young children who play on the waste dumps. We are reaching out to all members of the community to help us and we are working with the less advantaged to help us in our mission towards zero waste.
“This UK Aid-funded project will also stop waste from Kwa-Muhia polluting Lake Naivasha which is an internationally important wetland site. Overall the project is good for people, good for the environment, and makes good economic sense too.”
WasteAid project manager Jill Matthews said: “We are really excited to be bringing UK Aid support to the shores of Lake Naivasha. A simple waste management service can have a significant positive impact on people’s lives. We will be working with our partners KMEG to introduce simple and affordable waste management and recycling skills, creating jobs and cleaning the environment for current and future generations.”