The National Hygiene Programme, popularly known as Kazi Mtaani which was due to end tomorrow (Thursday) has been extended.
Principal Secretary State Department of Housing and Urban Development Charles Mwaura Hinga says the development by the steering committee is set to bring a sigh of relief to over 280, 000 youth engaged in the programme after an intervention by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The President promised two weeks ago that Kazi Mtaani will be extended, following an appeal by the youth.
Currently, workers under the programme, operate on two shifts of Cohort A and B, each working for 11 days a month. Workers earn Kshs. 455 per day while the supervisors earn Kshs.505 per day.
The success rate for payment to the youth through the M-pesa platform has of late peaked at over 99 percent, injecting over Kshs.700 million into the grassroot economy every two weeks.
Phase two of the hugely successful Covid-19 mitigation initiative, whose objective is to shore up hygiene and sanitation in informal settlements as well as put food on the table for thousands of youth rendered jobless by the pandemic started in July last year with a budget of Kshs.10billion
Among the activities of the programme, implemented in 900 informal settlements across the 47 counties, are garbage collection and street cleaning, fumigation and unclogging of drainages, rehabilitation of public facilities such as buildings, access roads, and walkways.
Tree growing and preparations of stabilized soil blocks for construction has also prominently featured.
Tens of thousands of youth have also received extensive training on life skills such as setting up businesses, HIV/Aids prevention, mental health and counselling, and basic skills in masonry and carpentry.
Many of the youth have come forth with testimonials of the transformative impact of the programme as they have since been able to set up small thriving businesses.
The current phase is expected to involve the youth in works whose outcome is of a more permanent nature.
The Kazi Mtaani Program was unveiled in July 2020 as a local economic recovery initiative and a form of social protection designed to cushion the youth and vulnerable citizens in informal settlements.