Implementation of various activities aimed at supporting the fight against Covid-19 in Nakuru’s informal settlements has commenced following consultations between Kara, UN Habitat and the County Government of Nakuru.

The activities are part of the UN Habitat COVID-19 Response Action Plan for Kenya focusing on mitigating against COVID-19 in urban settings with emphasis on informal settlements.

An Ad Hoc Committee on implementation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene activities was established by the County Government of Nakuru to coordinate implementation of the activities. The Committee consist of representatives from Nakuru Municipal Board, relevant County Executive departments and Kara. To ensure sustainability of the activities, the project has been incorporated in the Nakuru Regeneration Plan and will benefit from the continuous support by the County Government.

The key activity under the project is establishment of permanent hand washing stations in selected informal settlement areas in Nakuru. The first eight sites for the stations have been identified based on population size, security, accessibility, water availability, operation and maintenance mechanisms to be put in place, presence of liquid waste management mechanism such as soak pit or sewer line. Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of first hand washing station was done on 15th June 2020 at Bondeni Maternity in Nakuru County.

Kara is also working with UN Habitat and the County Government to map out the WASH facilities and actors responding to Covid-19 in the informal settlements of Nakuru County.