Green and Clean Project #Senegal
Green and Clean is one of the principal projects YSP Senegal has since undertaken prior to its official launch in January 2019. The goal of the project is to change the two overarching aspects that compose a nation – the city, and the mentality of citizens – towards a greener and cleaner one.
In the past, difficulties were apparent in obtaining participation of both authorities and the community, which caused hardship in bearing fruits or succeeding in our aspirations. However on this occasion, the results were different since the Mayor of Tivaouane Peulh and the Prefect of Bambilor to the Ministry of Environment both presented and willingly supported the project.
This activity was carried out across multiple days at the alleyway behind the YSP Center. On the first day, authorities were present and the first tree was planted together with all participants as a symbolic launch to the activity.
During the following days, YSP members and a group of young people mobilized to meet local families, present the project, and advice them on how to care for the trees that each household would be responsible for raising.
The afternoon schedule involved planting trees and each family helped with the plantation, and performed the first watering of their tree.
On Sunday, representatives from each family convened with YSP to discuss the weekly cleanup and complete the activity.
Although it may be perceived as a small step forward, we hope that participants’ mentality will leap bounds as they are caring for their trees.