Friday, 23 March 2012

Time to act: Water and Toilets for all schools in Kenya!

Rima Hanano is Communications and Campaigns Manager with WASH United, one of the coordinators of the World Walks for Water and Sanitation. Here, she talks about plans for a walk in Kenya this Saturday!

"Water and Toilets for Kenyan Schools!" will be the Call to Action on Saturday, 24 March 2012, in Kayole, Nairobi. Up to 1,000 Kenyan school children and youths will join the the World Walks for Water and Sanitation campaign to demand water and toilets for formal and non-formal schools in Nairobi. At the same time, the walk will mobilise people to raise public awareness for the lack of appropriate water and sanitation infrastructure in Nairobi’s schools and the devastating effects this has on learning, health and overall well-being.

Sanitation in particular remains a massive challenge in schools in low income neighbourhoods. A 2004 estimate indicates that in public schools in Nairobi, 1 toilet is shared by about 64 students. The situation in the
Kayole area, which is located approximately 20km east of Nairobi’s Central Business District, is similar. The walk in Kayole is organized by WASH United in partnership with its national partner, the Mathare Youth Sports
Association, (MYSA). WASH United partners will be organizing two more walks in Africa, one in Lesotho (TED) and one in Uganda (UWASNET).

And You can take part too! Join in! Now is the time the World Walks for Water and Sanitation!

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