Volunteers conduct community sensitization, clean-up exercise at Jeshwang

Thursday, November 29, 2018

United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in collaboration with adopted diversity approach to mobilize volunteers and facilitate volunteering of various shades for national development to promote good management of human and natural resources in relation to our environment, which will ultimately contribute to the realization of the UN Sustainable Developmental Goals.

 National Volunteer Network - The Gambia (VolNet-Gam) in collaboration with United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security  The Gambia (EBAFOSA Gambia) have recently conducted a massive cleansing exercise and community sensitization at Ndangan and its surrounding in Old Jeshwang.

 The activities were part of celebrations marking this year’s International Volunteers Day (IVD) under the theme: “Volunteers: Building Resilient Communities.” 

 The event attracted hundreds of volunteers from the community and volunteers involving organizations such as Green up Gambia, Gambia Red Cross Society and Fortress of Development.

 The volunteers cleaned a wide range and seriously polluted area with lots of solid waste including plastic. With the effort of the organizers and the volunteers, almost ninety percent of the area where cleaned and the waste transported to the legal dumping site.

 After the cleansing exercise, an educative and well-organized sensitization was conducted, where members of VolNet-Gam and United Nation Volunteers talk to the community on environmental protection and preservation. 

They educated the community on the importance of a clean environment and ways to follow in ensuring a clean and safe environment.

 Old Jeshwang ward councillor thanked VolNet-Gam and its partners for coming to their aid, saying there are multiple health risks associated to unclean environment.

 A day is now proposed to be set for the completion of the work and the laying of the foundation stone for a waste transit point for the community where residents will be taking their waste for onward transfer to the legal dump site.