Support Ghettoh Clean Youth Group in Kibra, Africa's largest slum, achieve good health and access safe sanitation practices

Kibra slum has always been in a precarious state characterised with widespread poverty, congestion, water scarcity, and bad sanitation practices. Many residents in Makina Ward are facing condom shortages due to lockdowns. With most resources and infrastructure being diverted to fight the Coronavirus pandemic, people living in urban slums in low and middle-income countries are struggling to stay afloat during these unprecedented times.

With £2500, Ghettoh Clean will be able to implement community-based solutions like handsfree operated tippy taps with added free condom distribution points until 'normalcy' returns.

UPDATE: Our fundraising target for Ghettoh Clean has already been reached thanks to our amazing supporters but you can still donate! Any additional amount will help the group be even more effective. You can also donate to our other COVID-19 rapid response project KOMB GREEN Solutions, which has not yet reached its target.

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Here is part of what your donation will do in Kibra, Makina Ward

£105 would help them acquire a low cost, long-lasting effective triple user pedal tap (hands-free operated) to make hand washing much easier even beyond COVID-19

 

The tippy taps are locally manufactured, so you will not only help improve hygiene and sanitation of the residents but you’ll contribute to the income of Tippy Tap Kenya, also a community based organisation dedicated to creating awareness and finding sustainable solutions to water, sanitation and hygiene.

£7.50 would ensure that they procure 100 litres of water, a scarce resource in the slum to keep them going for a short while.

This article from the World Economic Forum reinforces our need to reach out to slum dwellings.


£72 will facilitate 6 volunteers to give 8 family panning sessions for 2 months with each getting  £1.50 per 3hour session.

When we visited this informal settlement in 2019, 28 year old Nelson Chahenza, told us of his desire to have, “a small family that I can manage, I have one child, a baby girl, I’m planning to have 2.”

Like Brian Omariba, the founder of Ghettoh Clean, and others we interacted with, his request is getting information because

“people mostly here in the slums, they don’t have education about family planning. That’s one thing we want, education because people don’t care much about family planning.”

Brian and his team want to scale the few family planning services they offer to their community including Sexual education, covering prevention, and management of STIs. They offer sessions in one of their community halls, which Population Matters once visited to witness one such session offered by another group for young/teenage mothers. “We usually partner with the health officers in Kibra who assist us in issuing the contraceptives. They also trained two of our members on how to provide counselling and family planning methods.”

 

Population Matters in Kibra 2019Brian and his team cleaning

 

The group’s main challenge is sustainability. They would like to increase the sessions from just once every two months.

“We hope to do it at least twice a month because we have many cases of early pregnancy in our residence mainly due to lack of information and the capacity to sustain the programme.”

As a supporter, you can make this reality come true for the team.

Condoms

Population Matters has partnered with DKT International Kenya who have generously donated and offered free delivery of over 6,000 condoms to Ghettoh Clean and another Community based organisation in Korogocho. Brian informed us that at the moment they have condom stockouts at a nearby government health facility.

 

Empower to Plan Ghettoh Clean Youth Group

Brian Omariba's personal account of the founding of Ghettoh Clean 

"Ghetto Clean Youth Group was founded in the year 2016, right after I finished high school in 2015. I couldn't manage to go to college or university since my parents couldn't afford to pay for my fees, I was frustrated since I couldn't imagine being idle as I knew its consequences having been brought up in the slum. I got passionate about trying to get a solution regarding the bad image of our environment. On a daily basis, I always woke up early in the morning with some of my friends and did some clean up in the small narrow river, we could create awareness about the effects of not conserving our environment and the reason for proper waste disposal.

Some months later we realized that there was some change but still we were not satisfied with some of the residents who still lacked awareness. So I spent two months hustling for some money for an environmental campaign and also for purchasing the polythene bags which were used at that time. I initiated a garbage collection activity after holding the campaign in Kibra. We managed to get 83 clients who were impressed by our work and we issued them the polythene bags in which they could dispose their waste and paid only KSh20 (£0.15) per week.

This was a good start for the garbage collection and it was very motivating to continue. Later we continued with our cleanups and noticed a bigger change in the previously dumped areas including the stream. One day as we were cleaning the stream there was one man with dreadlocks who enjoyed our work and he started cheering us on, shouting 'ghetto clean' we joined him and responded the same way he was shouting. That same day we noticed we needed a brand and that’s the name we suggested and this is how we came up with the name GHETTOH CLEAN. We officially registered it in 2017."

Empower to Plan Ghettoh Clean Youth Group

Support Ghettoh Clean today with

  • Environmental conservation through responsible waste disposal.
  • Solid waste collection from different households.
  • Building youth capacity and knowledge, skills, and networking for partnership in improving waste management.
  • Creating livelihood opportunities for vulnerable youths. 
  • Empowering young girls and women, and enhancing education in different aspects of family planning methods.
  • Fighting early pregnancy and new HIV infections in Kibra.