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Side by Side Clean-up Westfield and Surrounding

Jul 6, 2009, 6:48 AM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

As part of activities marking the end of a 21 days exchange visit to their Gambia counterparts, Side by Side group last Saturday embarked on a massive cleansing exercise around the cooperative junction and Westfield as part of their educative summer camp.

The cleansing exercise was jointly organised by Side by Side, service for peace, universal peace federation and United Youths Association all of whom seeks to inculcate knowledge in youths about burning issues affecting them in our society.

Speaking to journalist shortly after the cleansing service, Mrs. Beverly Berdt, adviser and founder of Side by Side revealed that they were motivated to embark on a noble initiative by cleaning Westfield and its surroundings.

She emphasized on the need for good sanitation at all times, adding that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation which she pointed Gambia is approaching.

According to Madam Beverly, these three groups help characterize education in different schools noting that their set-setal will be a continuous process to make the Gambia more beautiful.

She said Gambian youth are productive and valuable to contribute to national developed if they are empowered.

She believed that Americans learn a lot from Gambians about respect for elders and importance of relationship among others.

Madam Beverly noted that Gambians youth are also inspired with working with side by side, saying they also sponsor 45- 50 students through an NGO, Hope Academy in USA were she was a retire teacher.

She commended KMC for providing two tractors and tools.

For his part, Mr. Musa Conteh, President of United Youths Association and Chernor B. Cham, National Coordinator-Services for Peace both expressed similar sentiments adding that they are trying to make Gambia develop.

The youth leaders urged people to invest in young people for a better tomorrow. They stated that they will promote environmental sanitation in order to live in a healthy environment.