NUPSA annually holds at least one Corporate Social Responsibility Event aimed to positively impact the community. This year in collaboration with Mazingira Movement, Kibra Sub-County Environment Office, and the Green Army, we decided to organize an Environment Cleanup in Laini Saba Market.
Approval was sought from the Assistant County Commissioner to hold the environmental cleanup at Laini Saba Market. We were then directed to the Kibra Sub-County Environment Office for further assistance concerning attaining the involvement of the Green Army during the Cleanup. Several sites were surveyed; the selected site was the drainage beside AMREF Grounds.
The event started at 10:00 am at the Department of Pharmacy Block. A total of 30 students were served breakfast in preparation for the activities to be done during the scheduled Environment Cleanup at Laini Saba Market. We then distributed reflector jackets, face masks, and gloves to every individual. We set off 20 minutes later and were transported to the Ngumo stage, walked into Laini Saba Market, and assembled at the rendezvous point, AMREF Grounds.
We were briefed by the Kibra Sub-County Environment Officer; Mr. Mugo, Green Army Representatives, and lastly by Hanifa Adan from Mazingira Movement. Various working equipment were distributed and we were randomly subdivided into working groups. The cleanup involved clearing municipal solid waste from the drainage near AMREF Grounds. The solid waste was collected, transferred to one site, and loaded onto the Nairobi City County truck. All these efforts were aimed at improving waste management in Laini Saba Market.
We concluded the Cleanup by heading back to the Department of Pharmacy Block where lunch was served to the students and all other stakeholders that collaborated during the implementation of stated event. A vote of thanks was shared by the Chairperson NUPSA, Mugisha Shanon and the event came to a close at around 3:00 pm.
We made a step towards meeting the 2015 Sustainable Development Goal 11 supported by the United Nations Environment Programme. There’s a lot more to be done as far as making our cities and human settlements more inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable and we look forward to taking part in more of such activities.