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Sierra Leone News: Cockle Bay receives training from UNDP/AID

The Mafengba community at Cockle Bay on Monday 5 March 2018 started their training in waste management as 15 participants will go through the process for almost a month.
The project titled ‘providing skills training on waste management and plastic recycling is a UNDP-funded project of the Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID) Sierra Leone as the implementing partner.
This project will train about 60 women on plastic recycling and bio-degradable materials into bio charcoal in four slum communities; Old Wharf, Culvert, Funkia and Cockle Bay.
At the Mafengba community, a representative, Julius Bundu, said they are happy for the initiative as this shows that there are people and organisations that have them at heart. He said however, since this project entails collection of waste, this will have health impacts on the children as they will be in the majority in the collections process.
Mary Kamara, another community member, thanked AID for choosing them among lot of slum communities in the area. Adding that as the project caters especially for women, this can help them on taking care of their homes.
She said this project will also help in cleaning the community at the same time generate income for not only the trainees but the community as a whole.
Kamara called on the UNDP and its partners to help market the products as this will give more courage to them to produce more. Further, calling on the trainees to put in their all so that succeed in the project.
Chief Alimamy Karbgo expressed appreciation but called on the trainees to own the project and show that three communities that they can do better.
Chief Kargbo maintained that this project will bring an end to idleness in the community and for those complaining that there are no jobs should grab the opportunity and make sure they do something good with their lives.
Training Consultant, Alfred Muana, popularly known Waste Manager from Bo said he started recycling fifteen years ago with one component, which was the recycling of cans into pot.
He said he then moved to plastic, then bio-charcoal and then energy saving stoves and most of the items that are used are, scrap metals plastic waste, cans, carpenter shavings which are free or cost less.
The products that come out of the items are expensive as each plastic dilates cost about Le7,500 in Bo.
Tanzila Sankoh, Acting Team Leader, Environment and Energy Cluster, UNDP, said the project is aimed at promoting environmental protection and preservation.
She said every year, there are flooding around these slum communities and this is caused mainly by plastic waste that takes 25 years to decompose.
Stating that the use of plastic is increasing everyday in the country especially the city and so the UNDP did a survey as to what could be done with the waste and so this brought about the waste recycling into products that will generate income for the community.
She further disclosed at the end of all the training they will organise exhibition for the four communities where they will have the opportunity to sell their product and do adverts in the midst of international and local donors.
By Betty Milton
Tuesday March 06, 2018.

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