Council staffer goes to Kenya to improve hygiene for kids

Council employee Bob Hanby (right) with Lyle Burgoyne from Kenya Health who will travel to Kenya to conduct free health clinics.
Council employee Bob Hanby (right) with Lyle Burgoyne from Kenya Health who will travel to Kenya to conduct free health clinics. Contributed

TWEED Shire Council is sending another staff member, construction engineer Bob Handy, to Kenya to work on the ongoing Tweed Kenya Mentoring Program.

Mr Handy will focus on improving hygiene and sanitation in rural Kenya with the aim to improve health and living standards in a poverty-stricken community in Western Kenya.

"With the help of the local community and other volunteers we hope to achieve a pit toilet structure that will provide up to 14 cubicles and urinals for school children including basic handwashing facilities and water storage," he said.

The program has been working with members of Kenyan communities to provide the human, technical and financial resources to support an environmental education and safe water and sanitation program in the African country.

"The program hasn't finished the initiative of delivering safe water but just takes it one step further by offering a healthy lifestyle and creating a more complete program to break the cycle of disease transmission."

The program was introduced in 2005 and has seen a number of council staff visit the country to help install water purification systems and work on community based projects.

It's funded by council staff salary sacrifices and sponsorships from organisations such as The International River Foundation, SkyJuice Foundation and Kenya Health.

Topics:  kenya tweed shire council

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