The business community at the Ewaso Nyiro trading centre in Narok North Sub County is a happy lot after a foreign Non-Governmental Organisation pitched camp in the area to help in cleaning up the market.
The trading centre which is approximately 60 kilometers from the Maasai Mara National reserve is one of the major towns in the county as it hosts many visitors who stop there while on their way to the National Reserve.
The cleaning led by California based organisation dubbed Trash Punx director Justin Imamura collected over 600 bags of trash.
Punx said they were working with another non-governmental organisation called Sobore Well organisation based in Narok and other like-minded people to clean up the town.
He revealed that cleaning up the Ewaso Nyiro trading centre was their first activity in Africa and committed to hold similar clean-up exercises in other parts of the country.
“We prioritised the Ewaso Nyiro trading centre because we have been stopping here while on our way to the Maasai Mara. We want this market to remain clean because many visitors stop here to take their meals here,” he said.
Mr Amos Oyie, a resident of Ewaso Nyiro who worked closely with the foreign organisation thanked the organisation for the clean-up exercise that has face-lifted the market.
He revealed that they have installed 14 trash bins in different parts of the market where the locals will be dumping their garbage so that the market can remain clean.
“We have worked with the locals to educate our communities on how to be more responsible to properly dispose of our garbage. Most of this garbage drains into River Ewaso Nyiro posing danger of water borne diseases,” he said.
Enkare Nyiro Secondary School Principal Seela Kuluo who dispatched over 100 students to join the community in the clean-up exercise commended the organisers of the event and appreciated the fact that her students were part of the clean-up exercise.
By Ann Salaton