Mathare youth plan cleanup to mark Bob Marley’s birthday

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively” – Bob Marley.

Bob Marley’s birthday is around the corner and the Mathare Roots Youth Group is organizing a cleanup in their community.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, should have been the 74th birthday of the Jamaican reggae legend Robert Nesta Marley who was just known as Bob Marley. He died in May 1981 but his music has lived through the time and it’s evident by the ever-growing list of accomplishments attributable to his music, which advocated for social change.

“Marley has been an inspiration to most of us from the slums and we wanted to celebrate this day by making our community a clean place to live in. Bob Marley advocated for social change and that is what we do every single day. We try and be impactful to our community,” said Lucas Odhiambo, Group coordinator at Mathare Roots Youth Group according to a report by Nairobi News.

Bob’s story of inspiration began when he was young. He grew up in a place where the crime was glorified and his only way out was music. Through the music, he escaped the dangerous gang violence but he never forgot his hometown

Bob Marley was known to care about the community around him, he took on a series of community projects and supported thousands of people with food, jobs, and housing.

In Mathare, many youths have been working with UN-Habitat to rehabilitate their community. The rehabilitation projects include environment and solid waste management, community, and resource mobilization, capacity building among the communities and addressing cross-cutting issues including HIV and AIDs, alcohol, drug and substance abuse and insecurity among others.

The clean-up was launched in October last year as the world marked World Habitat Day. According to the report, UN-Habitat Executive director Maimunah Mohd Sharif launched the campaign with the aim of reducing the amount of global waste.

Bob Marley was known for hits such as “Waiting in vain”, “Redemption Song”, “One Love”, “Stir it up”, “No woman no cry” and “Three little birds.” He was survived by his wife Rita Marley and 11 children.


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