Malindi dumpsite families put a smile after getting food donations from Malindi Progressive Association

Dumpsite families in Malindi. PHOTO | STAR
Dumpsite families in Malindi. PHOTO | STAR

More than 100 families who always search for food at the Malindi dumpsite for survival gets aid from a Malindi Association.

The families received five kilogrammes of Unga, beans and additional food items from Malindi Progressive Welfare Association.

In preCovid-19 times, they survived on the leftovers dumped at the site by hotels and other businesses.

Kilifi Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry branch chairman Majid Swaleh said they are looking forward to helping over 700 households but decided to begin with those at the dumpsite as being vulnerable.

"Residents living at the dumpsite depend on waste food from the hotels but since hotels were closed four months ago, the families have been encountering difficulties obtaining food," Swaleh said.

The group is also pushing for the installation of a recycling plant at the dumpsite to create employment for the families and to preserve the environment.

 "Living conditions at the dumpsite are dangerous and I plead to the government to look for alternative land to settle the families, " Swaleh said.

Malindi Municipality Board chairman Aliasgar Kassamjee said there are funds from the World Bank, which will be utilised for recycling waste at the dumpsite.

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