Improving sanitation through sports

Peter Njoroge (Overall Winner) from Thika Greens in action during Water and Sanitation
The inaugural Water and Sanitation Champions Caddies tournament took place at the Thika Greens Golf estate attracting a total of 153 caddies from 22 clubs in Kenya and Uganda.

The event, sponsored by Athi Water Works Development Agency in partnership with the Kenya National Caddies Association aims at creating awareness on the need for improved sanitation.

Playing off handicap 12, Paul Njoroge of Thika Greens emerged the overall net winner with a net score of 65. Margaret Wairimu and Duncan Gitonga playing off handicap eight finished second and third respectively with a net score of 68.

Reuben Njoroge of the Karen Country Club won the men’s gross category with a score of 72 as Jeremy Gitahi came in second. John Karanja finished third with a gross score of 76.

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The ladies’ gross category was a close call as Mary Rogate from the Nyali Golf and Country club emerged victorious with a score of 84 while Handicap 14 Lilian wambui of the Kenya Railways Golf Club was the first runners up with the same score. Salome Wanjiru of Limuru Country club finished third with a score of 88 gross.

From Uganda, playing off handicap 6, Akorabirungi Ronald triumphed in the guest winner’s category with a net score of 82. Ssenteza Robert of handicap 5 and Nalutanya Resty of handicap 13 emerged second and third respectively with a gross score of 87.

Caddies from other countries represented during the tournament applauded Athi Water and Kenya National Caddies Association for using golf to sensitize people on the importance of sanitation and conservation of the environment, an experience they will gladly take back home with them. “In Uganda, such tournaments are rare and so this is a challenge to golf clubs because this tournament sends a very key message on the need for proper sanitation” noted Akorabirungi Ronald from Uganda.

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Speaking at the event, the chairman of the Athi Water Works Development Agency, Eng. John Kiragu reiterated the need to raise awareness on water and sanitation.

“In partnership with the ministry of water and sanitation and irrigation we are hosting an international conference on sanitation as from 28th this month.  It's a very important time for us to come and discuss this challenge of sanitation.  We know there are people with a lot of information and we would like to share, engage the citizens of this country so we can look at this problem afresh,” said Eng. John Kiragu

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Awarding the winners, CEO, Athi Water Works Development Agency Eng. Michael Thuita underscored that the purpose of the tournament was to bring forth the dire situation of sanitation in Kenya.

“Most of us are not privy to the challenges that are experienced in trying to manage the waste water. Our purpose today is to tell Kenyans we need to join hands and support the ministry of water and sanitation in their effort to manage wastewater. Added Eng. Michael Thuita”

Sustainable Development Goal No. 6 touches on clean water and sanitation for all people but in Kenya, access to improved sanitation is a major challenge both in urban and rural areas.

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