EVENT DATE: Aug 15, 2015
The competition kick-started last year with 34 communities participating in the cleanliness competition. This was at the heel of the outbreak of Ebola which was spreading in some African countries. Given the magnitude of the program and the level of participation by communities, the cleanest palaces (communities) were rewarded. We have expanded the program to Ngoketunjia and Bui in the North West Region covering over 97 communities. The concept is to o reduce rampant diseases linked to unhealthy environment like malaria, mitigate the spread of other airborne and waterborne diseases.
A Clean Community in its entirety ignited communities of Donga Mantung Division in the North West Region of Cameroon to carryout simple hygiene and sanitation so as to be free of mosquitoes, mitigate the risk of contagious diseases, plant trees and keep the environment clean.
This program is shortlisted for 2degrees Champions Awards 2015 in the UK. https://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/2degrees-community/resources/how-do-you-engage-34-cameroon-communities-cleanliness-launch-competition-like-eye-newspaper-did/.....
We need support to acquire basic equipment to hand to the cleanest communities. The results will be announced and winners handed basic equipment (wheelbarrows, spades, cutlasses, hoes) to continue to keep their communities clean. The traditional rulers representing the various villages also received awards at a fun-filled National Award of Excellence by The Eye Newspaper in Nkambe this 15, August 2015. A wheelbarrow, hoe, cutlass can help us change lives in communities.
Why A Clean Community Program
Given that the idea is part of a social communication and sensitization strategy, we launched the competition, carried out radio talk shows and then created a coordination unit to oversee the clean up campaign in villages (communities), and the planting of trees.
Environmentally, more than 80 water catchments will be protected and a minimum of 100.000 environmental friendly trees could be planted around water catchments and in sacred forests. Socially, hygiene and sanitation will become a mutual issue. Communities have instituted clean up campaign days.