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Church toilets campaign boosts sanitation

A campaign by the Embu Catholic Diocese to have people in Embu County have good toilets has seen the county improve toilet coverage from position 40 out of 47 counties to 13th in only three years.

The  Director of Caritas, the Church’s development wing, Father  Alex  Mate reported that the campaign has been made successful by the insistence that families are not only facilitated to have toilets but quality toilets that people will feel comfortable to use.

He said the campaign is being driven by an army of 100 trained young people working under the motto of “Choo bora si bora choo” and in which they hope to have 100 per cent toilet coverage in the county.

Fr. Mate said working under the Integrated Rural Development Program of the Diocese, the church is also helping communities with matters food and especially ensuring children under five get the right nutrition.

The cleric  was speaking on the sidelines of a fundraiser at Nguviu Girls High School on Saturday.

The  University of Embu Chaplain, Fr. Joseph Kirimi hailed President Uhuru Kenyatta for appointing Prof. George Magoha as the Cabinet Secretary for Education and expressed optimism that the latter would extend the spirit of reforms he had initiated, while at the helm of the Kenya National Examinations Council to his new docket.

Fr. Kirimi, who is also the school’s Board of Management Chairman, requested the government to consider funding schools for infrastructural improvement saying some schools were struggling under the weight of increased numbers after the introduction of the 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary school program.

By  Steve  Gatheru

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