OUR STORY…FOUNDED ON A DREAM
During the long rains of March 2013, the local Zambia River near Ngong (a small town located on the Southwest outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya), flooded and scattered plastic all over the land. Naomi “Ciru” Wanjiru was horrified by this sight and decided to find out what was causing the pollution. From her research she found that local garbage collectors dump trash collected from homes in the area into a landfill near the river. Since the landfill isn’t managed by the local government, the trash is carried into the river whenever it rains.
Reminiscing back to her childhood, the rivers were clean! She could remember fetching water and bathing in them, and in less than 15 years most of them have turned into polluted cesspools, dumping people’s trash into the ocean – an ocean we all share, each and every one of us! This is the story of many rivers across the world.
Since the local government wasn’t doing anything about the problem, she knew the solution would be in the hands of the local community members. Ciru knew that by doing something about this problem in her community, she could inspire others to join her.