As Uganda starts the sanitation week today 13th March 2017, Environmental Alert (EA) among other NGOs, village health teams (VHTs) and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) joined community members in Kamwokya, a suburb in Kampala to clean up their community. At the climax of the event, Environmental Alert donated solid waste collection equipment to CBOs from all over Kampala to support their solid waste collection efforts and promote safe hygiene and sanitation. The equipment donated include:
- Wheel barrows – to assist them in moving solid waste especially in areas where collection trucks can’t access;
- Rakes and spades – to assist them in collecting the waste;
- Gumboots, gloves, masks, and overalls – as safety gear as they collect the waste;
- Megaphones – to announce solid waste collection activities, garbage truck schedules and community meetings to community members.
These CBOs will use the equipment to collect solid waste in the parishes of Banda, Mbuya I, Mbuya II, Kamwokya, Mengo and Kisenyi III among other parishes. Through such initiatives, Environmental Alert is supporting KCCA to improve on the struggling solid waste collection service in Kampala City. Aside from this, Environmental Alert (EA), through a project titled Kampala Slum Transformation Initiative has massively sensitized communities on improved hygiene and sanitation. In addition, EA has constructed some hygiene facilities such as public sanitary facilities and drainage channels through a project tilted Decent Living. All these efforts will reduce the poor hygiene and sanitation burden in Kampala and subsequently contribute to a healthy living in communities.