WORLD WATER DAY CELEBRATED AT GATHARA-INI RIVER GITHURAI MWIKI WARD
The World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. This year's event was graced by Kenyatta University Environmental Club Members(KUNEC), who Joined the rest of the world in marking the Day at Gatharaini River in Mwiki ward, Gutturai- Ruiru Sub county Kiambu. The theme for World Water Day was 'Water and Sustainable Development?
In this year’s celebration, Ecopro is a Cleaning company whose mission is to create healthier workplaces that won’t cost the earth. They believe that a healthy office means healthy workers, and healthy workers mean increased productivity. Other participants who with the students were Small Axe Environmental Youth Group, TLC4 –Environment, Young Volunteers for Environment, Water Resource Management Authority among others in organizing a cleanup activity of Gathara-ini river. This river is choked with plastic bags, Plastic bottles and other domestic pollutants which are directed to the River. The students together with other participants took part in bamboo planting activity as a way of educating the surrounding community on values of sustainable natural resource management.
According to United Nations 2014 report, 884 million people in the world lack access to safe water supplies i.e. approximately one in every nine people. The World Health Organization (WHO) report indicates that diarrhea is the second leading cause of child death in the world today, and the top cause of child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. This diarrhea is caused by poor sanitation, hygiene, or dirty drinking water. Every minute a child dies of a water-related disease. Therefore Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and social and environmental sustainability.
The Organizers of the World Water Event was an eye –opener and Lessons learned have an impact on our roles as young people taking actions to lead community change and raising our voices to get heard through collaboration and creativity .Students , Children and Youths are recognized in Agenda 21 as Key stakeholders in Sustainable Development, Children and Youths are not only the future generation but also the current generations.
Many of the speakers in the event noted that Sustainable resource management will not be achieved if we do not collaborate and join hands to provide clean and safe drinking water to ever increasing population. To achieve our aims and targets, we need to create partnerships with other NGOs, Private sector representatives, gender focused groups, youth groups in the country so as to encourage more and more people came and support tis good cause. The communities leaving near Gathara-ini river banks joined the students and the other participants and hand -on experience in cleaning and planting of bamboo trees which conserve water, prevent soil erosion and have an economic value.
The students later conducted peer education as an approach to health promotion, in which community members were equiped with skills to promote health-enhancing change among their peers. Peer education is the teaching or sharing of health information, values and behavior in educating others who may share similar social backgrounds or life experiences.
KUNEC members Pose for a photo ion arrivalof the WORLD WATER DAY BANNER at Gatharaini River the Venue for the celebrations.
KUNEC members Pose for a photo infront of the World Water Day Banner at Gatharaini River the Venue for the celebrations.
KUNEC chairperson addresses other participants who had graced the World Water Day celebrations at Gatharaini River.
KUNEC members joins other participants who had graced the World Water Day celebrations at Gatharaini River in planting trees.
The day ended with a vote of thanks from the organizers and the students headed back to the University.
Dean school of environmental Studies
KUNEC Officials/ members
Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2019 06:48