Kick -Out COVID 19 Campaign

KICK OUT Campaign Flyer

Kick -Out COVID 19 Campaign  is a community-based  project initiated by Young Volunteers for the Environment –The Gambia   that seeks to fight against COVID19 through the raising  awareness  on preventive measures,  Production and distribution of  home-made fabric masks ,  water bucket pumps  with disinfectants  and Supporting healthcare workers  and patients at  Psychiatric centres with modified methods for community health and safety .

This campaign will help to provide prevention materials to thousands of  people at the Psychiatric centres and community-based healthcare workers.

The campaign promotes five key steps for people to follow to protect their health in line with WHO guidance, focused on hand washing, coughing etiquette, not touching your face, physical distance and staying home if feeling unwell.

COIVD19 is global pandemic and spreading at speed. If the infection reaches to underprivileged communities and mentally sick people, we can only imagine the crisis as wildfire. The campaign will organize community-based support for protecting grassroots communities in The Gambia against COVID19 because these communities and psychiatric centres are vulnerable and can amplify the pandemic.

Young Volunteers for the Environment –The Gambia is committed to continuing to provide essential services to our local communities, with modified methods for community health and safety.


YVE Gambia Participates at IPEN’s 2020 Global Meeting and Forum on Chemicals & Waste

We delighted to announce that our Executive Director -Joe Bongay will be speaking at the IPEN ANGLOPHONE AFRICA REGIONAL MEETING from the 4 – 5 FEB in BISHOFTU, ETHIOPIA . He will be sharing his knowledge , best practices  and contribute to the  strategies on regional POs priorities for sound management chemicals towards toxic-free future in the Anglophone Africa (AA) Region.

Further more , Joe Bongay will be also participating in the IPEN’s 2020 Global Meeting and Forum on Chemicals & Waste  convene in Ethiopia from the 6th – 10th of February 2020 respectively .  These two events will bring together some of the most influential NGO activists and leading institutions focused on protecting human health and the environment today.

The thematic framework for both the Global Meeting and Forum is structured around the programmatic goals defined in IPEN’s 2020 Global Plan, namely:

  • Reduce and Eliminate the World’s Most Hazardous Chemicals

Stockholm and Basel Conventions

  • Halt the Spread of Toxic Metals

Lead and Mercury

  • Emerging International Chemical Issues, Policies & Strategies

SAICM Beyond 2020 Chemicals/Waste Global Policy Regime, plus  emerging cross-cutting areas for exploration

(Toxics & Fossil Fuels; Fisheries/ Ocean Pollutants; Plastic; Gender Equality)

  • Global Capacity & Movement Building

Skill-sharing, strategic partnerships, outreach and organizational/technical/policy trainings

Key themes to be presented include: International Policy; POPs; EDCs; Mercury; Lead; Waste (toxic recycling, incineration, cement kilns & contaminated sites); Pesticides (Highly Hazardous Pesticides & Agroecology); Toxic Plastics (extraction; petrochemical, production; products; recycling; waste & disposal); Toxic Pollutants & the Fossil Fuel Economy; Ocean Pollutants & Fisheries; and Women & Chemicals.

The  meeting is expected to stimulate rich discussion and cross-cultural interactions among IPEN members and partners that broaden and deepen the collaborative global movement for a toxics-free future.

The IPEN Global Meeting and Forum is expecting the participation of 120 environmental and health leaders; international health and science experts; and government and UN agency representatives from over 60 countries.

These various events is expected to   advance IPEN’s mission of working locally and globally to ensure a just and healthy future for everyone by eliminating harm to human health and the environment from toxic chemicals.

Joe S Bongay is an environmental activist and a trained professional in social & environmental Sector Planning and Management .He leads human rights and environment advocacy agenda, supporting policies and programmes that promotes innovations, environmental sustainability, sustainable economic development and green job creation.

Report by : YVE Gambia Communications Unit











On the 12th of December 2019 YVE was invited to a panel discussion by ASSERT (Association for Small Scale Enterprise in Responsible Tourism) in collaboration with Kairoh Garden to talk on the Awareness on Environmental issues with focus on  impacts and issues in achieving a conducive environment for responsible tourism and sustainable development. The event was attended by the Executive Director (Joe Bongay) and programme officer (Amie Ndow) of YVE, staff of ASSERT, a representative from GCCI, 1 ASSERT Member (an entrepreneur) and 16 students and 2 lecturers from the Netherlands. All presentations were focused on responsible tourism and sustainable development. Mr Joe Bongay, spoke on the Environmental impacts and issues, climate change and adaptability and ecotourism in sustainable development. Bongay further shared best practices, policies and strategies on responsible tourism and sustainable development. Participants gained clear understanding on the Gambia available laws, policies and ongoing innovative green action initiatives in achieving sustainable development.  The sessions were interactive and the students raised so many questions and contribution ranging from Innovation, Agro ecology practices, Renewable Energy, Research & Development, Climate Change, among others.



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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YVE Gambia Conducts a Monitoring and Evaluation Exercise on VFL Project 2019 in CRR and URR

Photo Credit : Joe Bongay/yvegambia 

On the 3rd and 4th August , 2019 , YVE Gambia conducted monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)  exercise on its Views from the Frontline (VFL) Project in the Central and Upper Region of The Gambia .  The purpose of their visit was to assess the weakness and  progress made by the designated Partner Organisation (PO) on the VFL project in the aforementioned region .  Upon arrival , YVE had a good welcome remarks by both AVISU  NGO and WASDA NGO  which was followed by an open session of discussion surrounding the project .

Through the open discussion and monitoring process, the POs had the opportunity to share their VFL Project progress report ,the  challenges and possible measures  or solutions to boost up  their progress in the project .

YVE Gambia team comprising of Joe Bongay (Executive Director ) , Ejatou Jaiteh (Programmes Coordinator ) and Amadou Barry (Member National Advisory Committee )  further shared their project findings and perspective of  the current project outlook implementation of the POs in their respective regions with recommendations and evaluation report shared with the POs.

Despite the challenges faced by POs in the field ranging from mobility , fast internet availability, mobilization of community members  among others, successful data were collected and are uploading progressively . The  recommendations and possible solutions shared by YVE team  would help the POs in their effort  to accomplish their expected task or set of  goals  in line with the project  .  YVE will further its M& E exercise in other regions in the up coming days .

Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE) Gambia serves as the National Coordinating Organisation for the Views from the Frontline (VFL)Project 2019 in The Gambia . VFL 2019 aims to strengthen the inclusion and collaboration between at risk people, civil society and governments in the design and implementation of policies and practices to reduce risks and strengthen resilience . The project is been funded by the European Union (EU) and coordinated by the Global Network for Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) .

Prepared by :

Amadou Sowe