By Cherno Omar Bobb
A Siffoe-based youth organisation, 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.
The partners also distributed furniture and uniforms to schools and presented certificates to staff of Hope Center Nursery School in Siffoe who participated in Jolly Phonics training.
The plastic recycling project in the community of Siffoe is the brainchild of YPWB, who constructed the first house made from waste plastic bottle in The Gambia in 2012. The single-room house is now being used as the organisation’s resource centre.
Lamin Camara, chairman of Gambia GAMRUPA said environmental sanitation is a concern to them, saying the plastic recycling project will commence early next year with sensitization of the community on the importance of recycling and its positive impact on the environment.
Kalifa Kanteh, chairman of YPWB said the project will make the best use of waste plastics by recycling them into useful materials and in the process address the environmental hazards.
Mr Kanteh thanked GAMRUPA Europe and Een Hart Voor Siffoe who are providing immense support to Gambian schools and health facilities.
Henk and Anthonela, representatives from GAMRUPA Europe emphasized the importance of the project, saying apart from keeping the environment clean, they also expect it to provide employmentt opportunities for young people of Siffoe.
Alagie Manding Camara, headmaster of Hope Center Nursery School commended Een Hart Voor Siffoe for funding the Jolly Phonics training for staff of the school.
Amadou Tambedou, principal education officer at Region Two Education Office thanked GAMRUPA, Een Hart Voor Siffoe and YPWB for their efforts in supporting schools and for coming up with the plastic recycling project.