Team Up To Clean Up Mbare
|Founder(s)||Fr Isaac El Fernandes SJ|
|Key people||Fr Isaac El Fernandes SJ, Tanaka Urayai, Joseph Bunga|
|Area served||Mbare Community|
|Mission||To engage to Mbare community in recycling and creating a green space for children to dream big|
|References: Team up to Clean up is a registered Trust that traces its origins to the combined desires of two groups of youth to do something to improve their surroundings in Mbare.|
Team Up To Clean Up Mbare Team up to Clean up is a registered Trust that traces its origins to the combined desires of two groups of youth to do something to improve their surroundings in Mbare.
The T2CMbare community initiative now attracts over 200 voluntary participants cleaning up Mbare every 6 weeks, up from just 30 participants in 2015. The team which is mainly comprised of local residents now also includes Mbare churches; I Am Mbare youth initiative; Ma-flats Soccer League and other voluntary groups are also involved in promoting environmental hygiene and conservation..
The project mainly serves the community of Mare who also happen to e very active in the progress of the project.
Waste separation-The main waste categories T2CMbare has focused on in Mbare are paper, plastic, organic and residual.
Recycling in schools-T2CMbare donated a total of sixty (60) colour-coded bins and ten (10) waste collection cages to Shingirayi, Nharira, Chirodzo, St Peter’s, and Chiyedza Primary schools.
Urban transformation-The community has started building a recreational park at Matererini dumping site to eradicate informal and uncontained dumping sites. | focus = Our vision is to transform the sea of refuse in litter-burdened Mbare areas into an oasis of beauty. This transformation and resultant beauty park will start a wider conversation about refuse management in Mbare and the beautifying of its surroundings. The park will be a symbol of hope to the Mbare residents, that they will take ownership of it as their common space of beauty and be motivated to keep the rest of their surroundings clean.
We have successfully organised 14 clean-ups in the past 18 months, each clean-up attracting well over 100 youth. These cleanups have achieved four important objectives:
- Cleaning up the streets and surroundings of Mbare, as the photo opposite illustrates.
- Creating a sense of responsibility in the youth themselves for the cleanliness of their environment.
- Giving the youth a sense of empowerment in the face of crippling poverty. The cleanup campaign is one small action that rights one small wrong in a neighbourhood that is of ill-repute in the eyes of most other Harare residents.
- Bringing the youth together in a constructive network that thereby reduces the risk of them engaging in antisocial forms of behaviour so prevalent in Mbare that revolve around drugs, and alcohol.
- [http:http://www.t2cmbare.org.zw/about-us/], Retrieved:4 May 2014