By Nelson Manneh
The Siffoe based youth organization, Gambia Rural Poor Association (GAMRUPA), in partnership with Een Hart Voor Siffoe and Young People without Borders (YPWB), last week launched a new plastic recycling project at the YPWB education center in Siffoe village.
The launching saw the distribution of furniture and uniforms to schools and presentation of certificates to staff of Hope Center Nursery School who participated in jolly phonics training in Siffoe.
The plastic recycling project in the community of Siffoe is the brainchild of YPWB, with the construction of the first plastic and bottle-made house in the Gambia in 2012. The single-room house is now being used as the organization’s resource centre.
Lamin Camara, Chairperson of GAMRUPA, said environmental sanitation is a concern to them. He said the plastic recycling project will commence early next year, beginning with the sensitization of communities on the importance of recycling this and any other product and the positive impact it will have on the environment.
Kalifa Kanteh, the Chairperson of YPWB, said the project will make the best use of waste plastic through recycling into useful materials and will address the environmental hazards which go along with such wastes. He thanked GAMRUPA’s European partners and Een Hart Voor Siffoe for providing immense support to Gambian Schools and Health Facilities.
Henk and Anthonela, representatives from GAMRUPA’s European partners, emphasized the importance of the project, saying that apart from keeping the environment clean, they expect the project to provide engagement opportunities for the young people of Siffoe.
Alagie Manding Camara, the headmaster of Hope Center Nursery School, commended Een Hart Voor Siffoe for funding the training of the staff of the School.
Amadou Tambedou, principal education officer in Region Two, thanked GAMRUPA, Een Hart Voor Siffoe and YPWB for their efforts in supporting schools and for coming up with the plastic recycling project.