AFRICASAN AWARD CELEBRATION, MOMBASA COUNTY
Mombasa County played host to visitors and locals who joined hands in celebrating with the best in Africa. Sunday 14th June 2015 was a moment that will not be erased in the minds of so many youth in Mombasa County. Maji na Ufanisi, in partnership with Mombasa County Government and KOMAWASA CBO, took the opportunity to celebrate “the best in Africa”.
The celebration was a culmination of exemplary work in sanitation and hygiene showcased by KOMAWASA youth CBO through the winning of the Africasan Award. The award was dedicated to recognizing outstanding efforts and achievements in sanitation and hygiene in Africa which result in large-scale, sustainable behavior changes and tangible impacts.
The event was graced by Mombasa County Governor, H.E Ali Hassan Joho who was accompanied by Mvita Member of Parliament, Hon. Abdullswamad Shariff Nassir, Mombasa County Assembly Speaker, MCAs and County Executives. Other guests who attended the ceremony included UNICEF Chief of WASH Mr. Shiva Narain Singh, representatives from KEWASNET, CSUDP and WASREB and other local NGOs based in Mombasa.
Much of what was discussed during the event focused on the achievements witnessed since the implementation of the Kongowea sanitation project in Mombasa County. The youth took the opportunity to share with the public their testimonies and experiences particularly on how the project has impacted them and transformed their lives.
Abdallah Feiswal, member of KOMAWASA CBO demonstrating to Mombasa Governor,
Ali Hassan Joho (third from left) and other guests how disability is not ability
Promotion of Public Private Partnership
The even brought out the significance of public private partnership particularly between the County Government and the Civil Society. Maji na Ufanisi Executive Director, Prof. Edward reiterated the organization‘s commitment to work with the County Government in transforming the lives of the youth through water and sanitation intervention. Prof. Kairu pointed out the significance of designing WASH models that can be replicated in other public spaces not only in Mombasa County but the other 47 counties nationwide. Maji na Ufanisi Board Member, Mr. Nafula Nabutola equally emphasized on the much needed benefits that can be realized through the promotion close partnership between the County Government and civil society in supporting the youth in Mombasa County.
Eradication of Open Defecation
With Specific emphasis on eradication of open defecation, UNICEF Chief of WASH, Mr. Shiva Singh congratulated KOMAWASA, Maji na Ufanisi and the County Government on winning the Award. Mr. Singh assured MnU and the County Government of UNICEF’s commitment in ensuring that Mombasa County and the entire Kenya is open defecation free by 2017.
Replication of the Entrepreneurial Model in other public toilets
One of the most significant resolutions that was addressed during the celebration was commitment to replicate the Kongowea WASH model in 21 public toilets within the county. This resolution was spearheaded by Mombasa County Governor, H.E Ali Hassan Joho who directed that all public toilets in the hands of private entities be handed back to the County Government. Joho reiterated the county’s commitment to partner with MnU in rehabilitating the 21 sanitation facilities through providing financial support the implementation of the entrepreneurial model which provides the youth with economic empowerment. The Governor’s directive was reverberated by Mvita MP, Hon. Abdullswamad Shariff Nassir who pledged to use part of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in the rehabilitation of some of the sanitation facilities.
Establishment of a Solid Waste Management System
The Governor, also intimated his desire to establish a fully functional solid waste management plant. Joho requested Maji na Ufanisi’s support in realizing this goal. Currently Maji na Ufanisi is developing an Organic Waste management proposal aims to establish a sustainable waste management system in Kongowea market which would manage the daily amount of 45 to 90 tons of waste.