GVD Kenya: Slum Cleanup and Briquette Making

The Global Oracle Volunteer Day in Nairobi, Kenya was under the environment pillar. Two key projects were carried out on that day by 27 #oraclevolunteers in the Mathare slum of Nairobi. Mathare is the second largest slum in Kenya, with an estimated population of between 600,000 – 800,000. The day was lead by Francis, Presales Applications Manager,and graduate intern David.

Making briquettes

This project is run by a group of young ladies who are unemployed and this helps them to make ends meet. The ladies in the project make briquettes and then sell them at a profit.

The briquettes are used for cooking or heating being an alternative to the traditional firewood used in the slums which degrades the environment.

This project in turn ensures preservation of the environment as it helps deal with cutting down of trees. Briquettes also help keep the environment clean as waste paper is recycled to make the briquettes.

Clean up Drive in Mathare

After helping make the briquettes, the volunteers participated in a cleaning exercise around where the center is located. They swept the street and removed lots of refuse.

They also cleared the drainage in the area that was in a sorry state. Members of the community also decided to volunteer and help Oracle clean the area, which had been neglected for a long time. The City Council of Nairobi provided a garbage track to transport garbage collected to the dumpsite.

Ann, who runs a group for young ladies in the slum gave a brief introduction on what the center does and their activities. Joyce Ngumba, a Project Manager at the Akili Dada organization also gave a brief on actions in favor of the girls at the slum. Akili Dada aims to improve women’s lives in Kenya and across the continent.

At the end of a fruitful day of briquette making, drainage clearing and general clean-up the 27 volunteers went through debriefing and shared a snack with the children and the girls at the center.

---- written by Robert Harris ----

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