Making a Difference in Ongata Rongai Community

Community Cleanup carrying bagsThe first of its kind community service/outreach program to clean up Ongata Rongai market and its surroundings took place on Sunday, December 11, 2016. The volunteer expectations exceeded with over 200 persons from the institutions on the Hill—East and Central Africa Division (ECD), ADRA Africa, Maxwell Academy, Advent Hill Primary and Adventist University of Africa—and members of the Advent Hill University Church, Laiser Hill Church, and even students from Multi-Media University coming together for the exercise.

The volunteers gathered together during the cool morning with rakes, spades, trash bags, wheelbarrows, and gloves excited to sweep, collect, pick, dig trenches to make a difference in Rongai. The enthusiasm, energy, and commitment demonstrated by one and all attracted several motorists passing through the town. Some of whom joined the teams in hauling heaps of filth and trash from the roadside into the bin bags.

Some community leaders such as the area assistant chief and assistant county commissioner, Ms. Esther Njeri and Ms. Vivian Mbugua respectively, who joined in the clean-up exercise, really appreciated the efforts to make a safer and cleaner environment.

One vegetable vendor in the market, could not hide his joy at seeing a clean trench in front of his sugarcane stall. “Sikujua mtaro hii inaweza kuwa safi hivi. Aki mumetusaisia sana. Mungu awabariki” (I never knew this trench could be this clean. You have really helped us a lot. God bless you).”

Community clean up beforeCommunity cleanup after

Roadside before and after cleanup respectively (above pictures).

 

“This is the first step of many other interventions we intend to do within the community. Next time, we need to educate the community on health and sanitation . . . We shall do a lot more next time,” said Dr. Akintayo Odeyemi, the director of ADRA Africa and the chair of Advent Hill Community Services.

It is anticipated that various other activities shall be conducted in the new year, besides the clean-up program. Some of these shall be quarterly, while others, such as a follow-up health/hygiene education program shall come in-between.

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