Human behavior can be particularly hard to change, but opportunity to introduce the community to Volunteering Initiatives in the area of environmental friendly habits that once learned could be sustained.
In Nigeria, disposal of waste materials inappropriately poses environmental health risks to the entire communities. While there is concern about the possible spread of diseases associated with accidental contact with “sharps”, the treatment of those wastes, through incineration, release an array of hazardous pollutant into the air and water, thus affecting the health of our communities. There is very little control over how municipal wastes are stored, handled, disposed off and sometimes in municipal landfill sites especially in the rural areas. There are a lot of health problems such as disrupting the bodies’ hormonal, immune and reproductive systems and can result to cancers. There is also low-literacy amongst community dwellers to properly dispose of the large municipal wastes being generated. There have been numerous instances where municipal, and at times healthcare wastes are been dumped in disadvantaged residential areas, instances of children found playing with medical wastes in the communities, posing a hazard to the community and environment. These Behaviors need to be put into check through community sensitization to meet important health and safety conditions.
In the light of the foregoing, the Progressive Solidarity Forum (PSF) has embarked on a Behavioral Change Communication (BCC) initiative themed “PSF Adopts a Community” with a slogan ‘Everybody…Clean The Waste’ ensuring a sustained beautiful, healthier and cleaner community. For a pilot take-off of this project, five communities in the Federal Capital Territory below have been surveyed and adopted for kickoff in Galadimawa Village
The goal of this project is premised in the overall sensitization of the community to care for the environment and to instill a sense of environmental stewardship.
In collaboration with Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), PSF first Sanitation outing was held on Saturday, April 29th, 2017.
The initiative started at the Palace of the district head who received the PSF team with appreciation and personally facilitated the entire community. After the gathering was sensitized on the objective of the project, a representative from AEPB gave a sensitisation talk on harmful environmental practices that endangers the lives of the community and simple Health Safety and Environmental measures.
In a branded PSF T-shirts participants went round the communities to identify and create awareness on the three identified ‘Dump Sits” for community usage while two other sites were barred. Participants distributed awareness materials and stickers were pasted in the surrounding communities.
All members who participated in the clean up exercise around the communities saw to the huge success of the pilot project.
It is hopeful that advocacy issues of concerned discussed and noted at the community dialogue shall be dealth with at the stakeholders meeting.
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