Hard work, careful planning and community involvement. This is what we achieved in 3 weeks.
Sustainable solution to drains being littered in Bakau, The Gambia by experimenting with an idea that popped into my head.
I left England knowing I was going to do something visual with the drain problem. I believed that whatever I did would urge the community to want to take control and have a say in how their environment looked and smelt. It was also a quest to find sustainable solution that will allow rain water to flow in the drains and not let litter in.
By the community taking ownership of whatever I did, I hoped that it would also empower them to take pride in their surroundings and encouraging each other to stop dropping litter.
We are saving lives - By cleaning the drains we are removing the breeding ground for mosquitoes. We are reducing the cases of malaria which cause deaths in the community. Respiratory problems and skin/eye infections are also reduced.
There are miles of drains like this to repair and cover. Each 50 metres cost approx £400
We urgently need financial help to continue. We operate solely on the financial generosity of friends, family and supporters.
I know there is a world financial struggle at present but surely we can all spare £2 - £5 per month to help us reduce avoidable sickness/infections and deadly diseases these people can't do anything about.
If you know anyone or an organisation that can support us please get in touch.
We will be organising volunteer trips for this project in the near future so please get in touch if you can help.
'EVERYBODY DESERVES A CHANCE'