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 

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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.

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