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Exposure to Lead Paint Harmful To Health YVE Executive Director

By Nelson Manneh

PaintJoe Bongay, Executive Director of Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE), said lead in paint, poses a significant and damaging health effect on humans, especially the young and most vulnerable ones of society; that due to the harmful effects of Lead, this affects brain formation and the nervous system at a tender age of their growth, and the health effects can generally have a lifelong impact on these children. Mr. Bongay made these and other statements in a press conference held at the YVE main office in Churchill’s town.

Speaking to the press, Bongay said Lead poisoning has emerged as a global concern in 2009, when the Second Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2), approved a resolution on its effects and causes; that the determination mapped out and endorsed a global partnership to promote the phasing out of the use of Lead in paints.

“The World Health Organization ranks Lead as one of the top ten environmental health threats globally. Lead paint exposure causes different mental and physical impairments such as reduced IQ, learning infirmities, hypertension, seizures, muscle weakness and growth delays,” he said.

The executive director YVE added that eradicating Lead paint will meaningfully reduce the dangers of Lead exposure particularly to the most vulnerable, and thus reduce the risk of human health due to Lead in The Gambia. Despite the hazardous effects of lead poisoning, Mr. Bongay said only 36 percent of countries have legally banned the use of Lead paint according to the 2016 UNEP gathering; that this suggests that improvement needs to be done in order to achieve the target on time. “We are working with other partners to ensure that the issue of Lead paint, becomes a thing of the past. It is targeted globally that by 2020, all countries will adopt Lead control measures,” he said.

The goal of IPEN’s Global Lead Paint Elimination Project according to Mr. Bongay, is to end the manufacture, sale and use of Lead paint in countries with a priority focus on decorative paints and other coats likely to cause Lead exposure in children.

Ejatou Jaiteh, the Communications Officer YVE, said they have gone through several tests on Lead paints to know the numerous effects it causes to society.

“As far as the environment is concerned, our priority is to make sure that society is free from harmful substances,” she said.

Jaiteh said they have already conducted tests and will make sure that the results reach every individual.

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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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Report by: Ejatou Jaiteh

Communications and Volunteer Officer

World Wide View on Climate and Energy Citizen Consultation-Saturday 6th June

On June 6th 2015, thousands of citizens in hundreds of countries around the world will take part in a transnational event: “World Wide Views on Climate and Energy”. World Wide Views on Climate and Energy is a global citizen consultation, providing unique information about citizens’ views on climate change, generally and in terms of how it has impacted them and what changes they would like to see.

Young Volunteers for the Environment Gambia is hosting “World Wide Views on Climate and Energy: Citizen Consultation” for the Gambia on Saturday June the 6th in Gambia College Hall.
On this day, 100 citizens (selected to reflect the demographic diversity in the Gambia) will attend the daylong meeting. All citizens will receive information about pros, cons and views on different climate and energy policies, targets and measures (both in advance and on that day) and the meeting will follow the same agenda and guidelines as meetings across the world in order to make the results comparable.

The objective of the event is to increase environmental awareness and to influence policy, bringing about environmental change. The national results will be presented to national policy-makers and a follow up and a dissemination process will be followed through media and consultation forums amongst others.
The global results will be presented at COP21and COP pre-meetings and the presentation of these results at PreCOP in June in Bonn, at the September Event, and at the October Session.

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