Makerere University School of Public Health- Young Disaster Resilience Leadership Program (yDRL) in collaboration with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the different communities within Makindye Division successfully conducted the community clean up exercise on Friday June 25, 2015.
The YDRL is a pilot program targeting youth in vulnerable communities in Kampala, Uganda.
The project that is aimed at reducing disaster risk in communities while building a network of young disaster resilience leaders was spearheaded by People’s Concern Children’s Project (PCCP) who identified the problem of poor hygiene in their locality. This prompted the people within this community to carry out a clean-up exercise.
Unlike other projects, this particular one involves children identifying the challenges affecting their community and generating solutions with the help of the facilitators to address the same.
According to Mushin Mohammed, Director PCCP, this project will aid informing the children and keeping them updated about the future being the future generation. Mohammed intends to keep conducting such activities and more to engage both the young generation and community leaders.
The Councillor of Makindye Division Mr. Mukasa Abdu Nasser also sights pollution as the major challenge the area faces.
“People still litter rubbish all over and throw them in water trenches. Waste water is also poured in these trenches which is not good. We therefore want to create awareness through this activity and make people responsible instead of waiting for ResilientAfrica Network and Makerere University School of Public Health to come to our rescue” noted Mr. Mukasa.
At the event, yDRL in partnership with Makerere University School of Public Health donated equipment such as wheel barrows, brooms, gum boots, gloves, hoes rakes and spades to the community to aid community work and sustain this project directed towards strengthening resilience of such communities.