STAKEHOLDERS COMMITS TO WORK TOGETHER IN ACHIEVING LEAD PAINT STANDARDS, REGULATION AND LAW IN THE GAMBIA

BY : JOE BONGAY 

On 23rd October, 2019 , Young Volunteers for the Environment- Gambia and other stakeholders at the National Environment Agency Meeting Room commits to work together toward the elimination of lead paint in The Gambia.
The National Stakeholder Awareness Forum in commemorating the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019 was organised by Young Volunteers for the Environment in partnership with the National Environment (NEA), The Gambia Standard Bureau and the Ministry of Health to learn about the effects of lead chemicals , develop innovative strategies and sustainable solutions to address some of the most pressing challenges on lead paint dangers, controls and elimination in The Gambia.
The event was participated by key stakeholders from Government , Private sectors, Media ,Paint dealers , NGOs, among others in discussion and develop common strategies and plans that support policy dialogue and advocacy to better strengthen political commitment to address and integrate lead in paint phase out plans into national development frameworks.
Stakeholders gained better understanding and recognized that lead exposure is detrimental to human health, especially for children whose developing brains are particularly delicate to the toxic effects of lead and the need to urgently address the issue as a country.
Furthermore, participants gained deep understanding and wider information on lead paint which is a major but preventable source of lead exposure. When used to decorate homes, schools, playgrounds and toys, lead paint can peel and deteriorate over time contaminating the surroundings and exposing children to lead in dust, soil or paint chips through normal hand-to-mouth behavior. When lead paint is produced or painted surfaces handled, workers are at high risk of harmful exposure.
The event ended with signing of the Stakeholders’ Declaration of Unity toward Banning Lead Paint in The Gambia by stakeholders and they commits to continuing national collaboration toward the elimination of lead paint in The Gambia.
“As we engage for a cleaner and healthier Gambia, we would continue to support and count on the commitment of our government to immediately draft a regulation that will be added to the existing Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides Management Act that will ban the manufacture, import, export, distribution, sale and use of paints that contain total lead concentrations exceeding 90 ppm. “said Isatou Ndow , Board Chairperson of YVE. The event ended with signing of the Stakeholders’ Declaration of  Commitment to phase out Lead in Paints by Stakeholders present .
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6th Annual General Meeting 2017 – YVE The Gambia

Young Volunteers for the Environment held their 6th Annual General Meeting today (5 August 2017) at SYDO head office in Kanifing. This occasion was graced by the Board, staff, and members of the organization, the media and colleagues to assess the 2016 activities and financial reports of the organization and address the challenges of the organization for a better work-plan and output. Both financial and activity reports were adopted by the General Assembly. in addition to that, recommendations were given by the GA as to the development of the organization in terms of projects planing and implementation, visibility, governance, finance, etc. Congratulations to the whole organization. We are proud of our Board and all of our members.
Change is a process and with the continuous support of the entire team and interested members we will take YVE-The Gambia to the next level and the achievement of the SDGs will be possible.
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#ForUs
#ChangeIsAProcess

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Report by: Ejatou Jaiteh

Communications and Volunteer Officer

YVE to mark world coastal cleanup day

YVE Logo 2Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE-The Gambia) announces Saturday it will observe World Coastal Cleanup Day 2014, from September 25-28 with an environment forum, tree planting, street and beach cleansing exercises in the West Coast Region, WCR.

World Coastal Cleanup Day is dedicated to the improvement of beaches, coastal regions and surrounding areas throughout the world. It is regarded the largest volunteer event in the world.

On September 20, YVE Gambia said it is collaborating with the Social & Environmental Society (SES) Club of the Gambia College to hold a four-day Cleanup Week as part of its activities marking the Day.

The theme for the cleanup week is: ‘Our Place… Our Planet… Our Responsibility’ Continue reading “YVE to mark world coastal cleanup day”

YVE takes CLENA project to communities in CRR

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Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE-The Gambia) in collaboration with the Social and Environmental Society (SES CLUB) of The Gambia College Friday embarked on a community outreach in Janjanbureh, Wassu and Kuntaur.

The September 5, 2014 initiative was designed to discuss the expansion of the CLENA (Clean Energy for Africa) Project with the authorities in Janjanbureh and Kuntaur Area councils, to network and to strengthen partnership with stakeholders. Continue reading