The National Hygiene Initiative dubbed ‘Kazi Mtaani’ has taken off with about 26, 000 youth recruited as cohorts in the informal settlements in various parts of Nairobi County.
The programme spearheaded by the State Department for Housing and Urban Development, under National Hygiene Programme (NHP) is geared towards integrating jobless Kenyan youth in undertaking urban hygiene and sanitation works across 23 informal settlements countrywide.
A joint tour by a multiagency team from Nairobi County Tuesday of selected informal settlement areas where the programme is being piloted in Mathare, Korogocho, Mukuru and Kibera, found majority of the youth are in support of the programme saying it would help them meet their basic needs, particularly during this hard economic times of Covid-19.
The team led by the Director of Administration in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Mr. Paul Famba and the Nairobi County Commissioner Flora Mworoa monitored the tasks executed by the youth including clearing drainages, collection of garbage and sweeping roads.
Speaking at various sites, Mr. Famba said the programme is meant to cushion vulnerable youth in informal settlements by providing them an income given most youth have lost their jobs due to covid-19 pandemic.
He said Kazi Mtaani programme will help the youth put food on the table from the daily wages earned and urged them to utilize the money properly.