The notion of human rights and environmental sustainability can only be effective if it is firmly integrated into organizational and management systems. We have therefore created structures to promote sustainable development activities – from strategic planning to implementation.
Our work spans numerous activity areas including food security, social justice , climate change, sustainable development, and the supporting marginalize and vulnerable poor people and communities, and victims of natural disasters. We believe that respect for human rights will help lift people out of poverty and injustice, allow them to assert their dignity and guarantee sustainable development.
Young Volunteers for the Environment -The Gambia is managed by dynamic and experienced Board of Directors, and an Executive Staff, with innovative, passionate, trained and committed group of volunteers. YVE meets annually at its General Assembly for activity reports, financial plans and to review its program.
Isatou Ndow is Vice Principal and Head-School of Education of Gambia College. She is a leader in women’s rights, good governance and education. As an educationist, gender and development expert, she traveled extensively across the world. During her studies and travels, she saw further discrimination and realized that issues of women’s rights violations reached far beyond the borders of her own country. She believes education is the long-term solution to improving conditions with a vision to create a self-sustaining model for education and community development that can be replicated in other African communities.
In The Gambia, she not only educates and nurture children, people with special needs, young people, and communities with support that meets basic needs with an innovative curriculum and community development programs, but student teachers.
As a board chairperson of Young Volunteers for the Environment-The Gambia, she continuously moves the organization beyond the traditional aid model, shifting from mere relief efforts to giving young people, families and communities the skills they need to support their selves and rise above poverty.
She rapidly expands the organization and reach youth around communities and beyond, she has collaborated with like-minded individuals, groups, and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. The organization now has hundreds of groups and networks working with in partnership around the world.
Joe S Bongay is an Environmentalist, social justice campaigner and Community Development advocate, actively engaged in the Social Justice, Youth and Development sector. He is the Executive Director of Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE). He is responsible for coordinating the development of strategies, sustainable policies and projects through partnerships with staffs and working partners, the delivery of training and technical assistance, and the creation of a strategic development action plan. He is adaptable and work proactively towards the improvement of youth and local community conditions in Gambia and beyond. He serves as the CSO country focal point for the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) and engages local and regional actors on issues related to youth and women’s participation in the development process.
He holds leadership positions with several youth led regional and international organizations and has been representing CSOs in various national and regional conferences and activities and has proven to be exemplary with his strong communication, negotiation and participation skills.
He also initiates community programs that create opportunities for youth and local community involvement in the decision-making process that affects them with policy makers, community leaders and other stakeholders among others.
His actions in promoting the cause of human rights, peace and sustainable development have been covered by local, national and international media, including radio, press and TV. Through his efforts, he has reached so many people across cultural and geographic boundaries, inspiring leadership and sustainable through education and continues to advocate for a balance economic, environmental and social needs to ensure a more sustainable development.
Joe S. Bongay is a trained professional in Social & Environmental Sector Planning and Management with pre-analytical skills in negotiations, preparing sustainable projects, policies, training reports and workshop proceedings.