Kibera suffers from acute environmental degradation due, primarily, to overcrowding. There is scarcity of sanitation facilities like toilets, taps and designated rubbish dumps. Residentsí use of "flying toilets" (using a plastic bag for their business then depositing it on the street) poses a health hazard to all inhabitants of the slum. These conditions lead to chronic pollution and make life uncomfortable for young people and the community in general.
As young people, we need to take initiatives that promote a clean environment for us and the community around us. We feel it is necessary because:
- By cleaning and maintaining the environment, we shall be serving the community in general
- There are few Community Based Organization that are making efforts or effecting a change towards environmental cleanliness in Kibera hence a need to involve young people.
- Due to the poor road network, the city council of Nairobi and numerous national and international organizations have found it difficult to offer their services to the majority of slum dwellers
- As human beings, we need to stay in a clean environment and preserve it for future generations hence the resolve of KCYP to intervene