The Bangladesh informal settlement is the largest 'slum' in Mombasa and is situated in Birikani Sub-location, Mikindani Location, Changamwe District of Mombasa County and it is made up of the following 7 areas/villages:-Majengo Mapya, Kijembeni, Center, Giriamani, Nairobi, Mukupe and Majengo. Bangladesh slum is home to approximately 20,000 people. Majority of the people living in this village are engaged in small scale micro-enterprises such as green grocers/vendors, shop keeping and hawking. The residents of Bangladesh are faced with a daily challenge of few and unsafe water sources as well as crowded and indecent toilet facilities.
To tackle the challenge of water and sanitation in this slum, Maji na Ufanisi partnered with the Government of Hungary through the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta (HMCS) to set up a sanitation block in this settlement (this sanitation block has water points, asian flush toilets and showers.The construction of this facility is now complete and it shall be handed over to the community. This activity shall take place next week whereby representatives from relevant government departments, the local administration, Embassy of Hungary, HMCS and Maji na Ufanisi will join the community of Bangladesh to officially unveil the facility and hand it over to the community.
On behalf of the community, a local Community Based Organization (CBO) known as Bangladesh Community Development Group (BCDG) will manage the water and sanitation facility. BCDG is a CBO registered by the Ministry of Gender, Sports Culture and Social Services operating within the Bangladesh slum. In order to effectively manage this facility, Maji na Ufanisi has taken BCDG through a series of capacity building trainings the most notable being effective leadership skills as well as operation and maintenance of the facility. It is hoped that these trainings will enable the CBO to offer effective management skills in operating and maintaining the water and sanitation facility.
We shall bring you more stories, pictures and videos from this commissioning once it take place.