Written By: Shezaan Syed
Article Date: Dec 7, 2012 - 9:05:06 PM
Sarkhat Shabab, a local Yemeni youth group, has recently initiated a Cleaner and Greener Yemen campaign in the capital.
The initiative was started after the group received a $1,000 donation from al Khair foundation for this purpose.
The first clean-up activity took place in the Hassaba area at the Arab League street on 24 November.
The group managed to round up local residents, children from local schools and local businessmen who took to the streets cleaning, painting the kerbs, planting tree saplings and painting walls.
The main objective for Sarkhat Shabab was to create awareness among the people about civic responsibilities, educating the public on their duties and responsibilities towards their locality and society.
The crowd of volunteers cleaned the street and also planting new saplings. Art on the walls depicted how irresponsible a citizen can be while another one can volunteer to rectify the wrong doing of irresponsible citizens.
All these actions are directed at creating social awareness and creating a cleaner and greener Yemen.
Following them closely and cooperating equally was the local municipal authority responsible for cleaning and maintaining the streets who decided to join the youth in their volunteering.
The Arab League street is the first one to have been chosen and the rest of the Hassaba area will be dealt with at a later date, with the entire Sana’a area to follow. Speaking to the media-coordinator for this group, Mr Essam al Sanabani who plays an important role in organizing media, between government bodies and the group, and recruiting volunteers. “It’s never too late to realize and change for the better.
Post-revolution when the current government is making some efforts to stabilize the country, I think us as citizens should also share some responsibility and show our support in favor of our country by participating in such initiatives.
If we won’t take responsibility today who will then? I think every Yemeni who loves his country should come forward and participate for the welfare and progress of Yemen.
The population of Yemen is 22 million approximately and if we are able to reach out to every single human being then together we can make a huge difference and take Yemen to new heights. I imagine Yemen to be clean and green and I hope through my group we can achieve this.
We welcome donations and we will make sure that every penny is used for the development of the street and its restoration.
We want more and more people to join our league and though at a small scale at present we can make visible changes happen”, said Essam al Sanabani.
Balqees Ahmed al Aobly, the project manager, stated that the main goal presently is to clean up the Hassaba area and educate the people about civic duty. “Today it is Hassaba area; tomorrow it will be the whole of Yemen.
We plan to visit schools and educate children about their responsibility towards society.
We want the next generation to be aware and follow these principles. If a child is taught early to be responsible, he will carry it with him his whole life. The sooner we start, the better it is”, she said.
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