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Pre-Kickoff Workshop on the Sustainable Waste Management to Reduce Child Rights Violations at the Bakoteh Dumpsite.

SOS Children Villages The Gambia and partners on Monday the 30th of November held a pre-kickoff workshop on the Project “Sustainable Waste Management to Reduce Child Rights Violation at the Bakoteh Dumpsite“.

The project is funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)​as the main Donor with co-funding support of 15% from HGFD and 10% from Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC). SOS Children’s Villages The Gambia with Kanifing Municipality Council as other key implementation partner implement the Project. Other NGOs such as Green Up Gambia, TARUD, CPA and the Ministry of Children, Women and Social Welfare  will also take part in this project.

The overall objective of the project: To improve the living conditions for children, families and communities at the Bakoteh dump site. The project is expected to strengthen 200 families with a total of 1,000 children (100 from the communities, 100 “waste-picker” families from other communities. Awareness raising and income-generating activities, which is also, part of the Family Strengthening component. In addition, 50 young people (at least 50% female) will receive vocational training education.

Sub goals of the project are as follows; Sub goal 1: Improved infrastructure will enable the landfill management to introduce waste separation, provide hygienic working conditions and fight fires at an early stage. ​ Sub goal 2: The capacity of the users with regard to sustainable, ecological and child rights-compliant work at the landfill site have been strengthened.​​ Sub goal 3: The capacities of 200 families in the vicinity of the waste disposal site have been strengthened so that they can ensure the well-being of their children by their own efforts.  Sub goal 4: Local communities have increased their knowledge of waste disposal and have been educated about the dangers of the dump for the well-being of children and families. ​

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