Kara in collaboration with Mombasa County Government, UN-Habitat, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), European Union in Kenya and Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani conducted a clean-up exercise at the Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach aimed at raising awareness on plastic pollution and stimulate debate and collaboration among stakeholders within the GoBlue project and the wider ocean community to act against marine littering.

“This initiative is geared ‘towards achieving a Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment Conservation, by reducing the amount of waste especially plastics disposed in to the landfills and the ocean. For this reason, we are engaging community members to help them adopt best practices around segregation of waste at source” noted Henry Ochieng, CEO, Kara.

The clean-up campaign culminated in Kara’s participation in the GoBlue project implementing partners meeting held at the GoBlue offices in Mombasa. The meeting was convened by UN-Habitat and UN Environment Programme to strategically find synergies, prevent duplications of project activities and develop strong alliances between the implementing partners. Kara is one of the implementing partners and is specifically leading the component of mobilizing coastal communities, residents & neighborhood associations engagement in the GoBlue project.

Kara also participated in the launch of a waste clean-up programme by Homa Bay Governor, H.E. Gladys Wanga meant to create awareness among residents on the importance of having a clean environment. The programme which commenced in Homa Bay town, is set to be rolled out in other towns within the county and will be carried out once every month. The exercise involved sweeping, unblocking multiple drainage systems and collection of garbage at the bus stop and the main market in the town centre.

The Governor stated that the County will come up with by-laws that will help in dealing with the management of solid wastes. “Anybody found throwing litter all over would be subjected to penalties in form of fines,” she said. “This move is meant to compel those with the intention of derailing these efforts to think twice before littering irresponsibly” she added.

She challenged County residents to support the initiative of a waste-free county by taking responsibility of cleaning their immediate surroundings.