Sanergy named 2020 Gates Accelerator by the Gates Foundation

Written By: Hunja Macharia
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has recognized Sanergy Kenya for its efforts in supporting the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the Country.

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Sanergy an organization that addresses sanitation and waste management challenges facing cities through a sustainable circular economy approach has therefore been named the 2020 Gates Accelerator.

The acknowledgment is part of a global campaign initiative run every year by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation dubbed Goalkeepers, which is dedicated towards accelerating the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

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This year’s campaign focused on the fight against COVID-19, with the initiative recognizing Sanergy as one of the dynamic, cross-sector partners who have been at the forefront helping curb the spread of COVID-19 in Kenya and accelerating the achievement of global goal no 6 on clean water and sanitation.

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Sanergy reacted quickly to the effects of Coronavirus pandemic in Nairobi, helping Nairobi residents protect themselves, while still accessing effective sanitation services.

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The organization has distributed hand hygiene tool-kits such as soaps, hand sanitizers, as well as set up hand washing stations, which are critical in containing the spread of COVID-19.

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Sanergy has in the meantime partnered with Kisumu County’s Water and Sewerage Company to scale safe sanitation services in Kisumu’s slums.

Ultimately, its goal is to accelerate the achievement of goal 6 on clean water and sanitation in Kenya by reaching 1.3 million Kenyans by 2025, 300,000 of which are Kisumu’s residents.

 

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