HELP-Gambia set to hold first Gam-Diaspora Clean-up Day on Saturday

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- HELP-Gambia, an NGO with local and international-based volunteers is set to embark on its first Gam-Diaspora Clean-up Day, scheduled to take place on Saturday, 23rd January 2021.

The exercise according to organizers, is driven by their shared institutional mission to build resilient communities by reducing public risks and vulnerabilities to environmental pollutions, climate change hazards, and extreme weather events, frequently leading to catastrophic disasters across the country. 

“On this auspicious occasion, thousands of volunteers, including Gambians, tourists, and non-Gambians, will be cleaning up trashes and garbage in the streets and gutters along the Mamadi-Manjang Highway starting from the Westfield areas to Jimpex,” the organization said in statement, calling for institutional support and participation in an extraordinary environmental cleansing exercise.

The involvement of our Diaspora-based Gambian brothers and sisters currently on holiday also makes this event quite affectionate.

“Our clean-up exercises are not just civil duties and moral obligations we owe to our country as patriotic citizens, but the events also create a platform for sharing innovative ideas among volunteers,” the National Project Coordinator, Mr. Dawda Cham said.

The Executive Directive, Dr. Nfamara K. Dampha believes that “we should take an action-oriented approach with the shared understanding that a multi-stakeholder partnership will yield the sustainable path to maintaining clean neighborhoods, preventing the indiscriminate littering in the streets and avoiding the dumping of waste into the ocean which adversely affects the marine ecosystem.”

“Thus, we kindly request for institutional involvement and support from His Excellency, President Barrow, Honorable Cabinet Ministers, Heads of central and local government institutions, Directors of private-sector agencies, Leaders of civil society organizations, visiting tourists, Gambian-diaspora holidaymakers, student organizations, and our bilateral, diplomatic, and development partners such as UNDP, UNEP, WHO, FAO, WFP, IOM, and all Embassies and Consular Offices in the country.

“Institutional participation in this multi-stakeholder partnership may include: (1) the involvement of staff and heads of various institutions in the clean-up exercise, (2) institutional support to print T-shirts for all staff and donate 200 T-shirts to civil society volunteers, (3) institutional provision of water, gloves, garbage bags, masks, rakes, wheelbarrows, and other cleansing tools, and finally, our planning team would appreciate having an audience with institutions that shared this vision with us for better planning and proper implement of this project activity.”

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