NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 20 – A Non-Governmental Organisation is set to embark on a sustainable water project that is expected to transform Kibera and vastly improve the quality of life residents there.
According to the Nourafchan Foundation (TNF) the initiative will be commissioned during its inaugural community celebration, with this year’s theme titled ‘The Big Splash’.
The organisation is known for innovatively tackling some of the toughest challenges faced by Africa’s underprivileged with tangible solutions.
“Bringing together established talent and rising regional stars, NOURFEST will be headlined by Kibera’s own, Octopizzo, a leading hip-hop artist and community activist who shares TNF’s passion for clean water initiatives,” project manager Deqa Abshir stated.
He observed that over 17 million people in Kenya are without access to safe water.
“Until recently Kibera’s only source was the Nairobi dam whose unsanitary waters are rife with infections like typhoid and cholera,” he said.
He revealed that according to recent studies, Kibera’s residents are expected to pay more for clean water than wealthier Kenyans in the tapped neighbourhoods.
“To put the magnitude of this financial impact into perspective, Kibera’s households spend up to 20pc of their income on water – which can be equal to the price of their rent,” he said.
He explained that the sustainable water solution for the Kibera community is a first positive step towards eliminating this detrimental cycle through greater availability and access to clean water.
He stated that their ultimate goal is a resolution to this problem through community driven action.