Support :

With the assistance of the various stakeholders, permanent conservation of Ondiri is a reality. Furthermore, with the guidelines and support from Kiambu County Government, Water Resource Authority (WRA), Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI), the probability of success is even higher. FOWK has the capacity and the will to conserve Ondiri; to make Ondiri a major revenue earner of Kiambu County Government; and to make Ondiri a major employer of women and the youth. Ondiri has the resources that have not been exploited including: birds, trees, reeds, leisure walks and cultural activities among others. With proper planning, FOWK is sure that Ondiri wetland could also become a first class world eco-tourist destination.

FOWK believes that Kenya must nurture the environment for posterity. This is the only way Kenya can guarantee sustainable development which brings about positive socio-economic change that does not undermine the ecological and social systems upon which communities and societies are dependent.5 Moreover, as Kuki Gallmann has noted, we must ensure "harmonious coexistence of man and the environment through new ways of combining development and conservation." We must strive to make Ondiri Wetland a World Heritage Site and indeed, a protected Site.

Toxic Flow :

Water is one of Kenya's most scarce and valuable resources, but pollution and mismanagement have changed it from a source of life to a cause of death and disease.

It trickles out of the marshy Ondiri wetland in Kikuyu, Kiambu, with the whoosh of a fresh spring. At 2,000 metres above the sea level and clear like the sky, it starts its southwest descent from the swamp decorated by reeds, green papyrus and water grass. The slope of the swamp, shaped like a box funnel, helps gravity squeeze water out, as birds chirp away. It disappears below a bridge recently built for it on the Southern Bypass, to emerge on the other side as Nairobi River.

In its better days, Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, was "the place of cool waters". Its name, derived from the Maasai word enairobe, means "a stream of cold water". It is not the same stream today.

The river starts getting sick after about five minutes of flowing, as it comes under attack from first human activities on its banks – chemical-filled surface runoff from greenhouse farming and car-wash bays.A mixture of deadly toxins is also waiting along the line as it meanders towards the city centre.

As it flows downhill, the deposits come in thick and fast, getting bigger and more toxic. A cocktail of raw, untreated sewage from everywhere, including some lavish estates in Nairobi, contaminates the water as it hurries downstream.

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Friends of Ondiri Wetland Kenya (FOWK)

Address: Box 1331-00902, Kikuyu, Kenya
Telephone: +254207868132