The WASH (WATER, SANITATION AND HEALTH) department involves the general cleanliness of the environment. It includes giving polythene bags to the community at an affordable fee of kshs 20, and then when the polythene bags are filled up, the group collects them and dumps the garbage in a suitable dumping site set aside by the local authorities. The process of giving of polythene bags to the households and collection of garbage is always done once per week most preferably on Sunday morning. There is also digging of trenches to ease drainage, and burning of trash that is scattered in the neighborhood. Since the sanitation department was formed, considerable positive results of environmental cleanliness have been reported. These signifies better clean up results in the future. These achievements include:
- Reduced garbage in the neighborhood, that is, far less scattered garbage than before in the streets.
- Creation of income generating activity, that is, a profit of kshs 12 for every polythene bag issued since they are usually purchased at kshs 8.
- With these profits, the group has managed to buy sanitation tools and materials such as wheelbarrows, spades, jembes, and gloves.
- It is also through sanitation department that GYFF’s football team got funds to buy uniforms i.e. jerseys.
Although GYFF has managed to achieve the above goals through sanitation department, there are some hindrances and limitations that make the process slow. These limitations include:
- Quite a small number of members from the community accept to take the polythene bags.
- There are no enough tools and equipment necessary to carry out the cleanup process.
- The dumping site situated far away hence making the cleanup process long and tiresome.
- Inadequate protective clothing such as aprons, cloves, gumboots, gas masks that are necessary to protect the members from diseases that may arise from dirt of the garbage.