Pilot Project: Waste Collecting Points in The Gambia
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In common with many African countries the Gambia has a solid waste problem, which not only threatens the environment of this West African country, but also harms the health of its people.
The situation can only be described as dramatic. While government agencies such as the National Environmental Agency (NEA) recognize the precarious situation, their hands are tied, as there is no adequate waste disposal strategy. For that the municipal administrations – who are responsible for waste management - have only very small financial and material resources at their disposal - which is reflected among other things in a desolate fleet of public garbage disposal and poor working conditions of sanitation workers.
The result is that public institutions such as urban community markets almost sink into in the trash. Crucially, these markets are mostly located in the center of dwelling zones, whereby the waste problem piles up on the doorstep of the residents – with all the associated harmful consequences. In April Project Lighthouse Gambia (PLG) has disposed of some 600 tons of garbage under the lead of our partner NGO Dresden Banjul Organisation (DBO)
, which piled up in the dwelling zone of Wellingara. An interview with Aaron Leng from DBO about the joint waste clearing operation with DBO, PLG and Brikama Area Council at Wellingara/Gambia end of April is available on our youtube channel. The interview is in German language.
Selective disposal operations had been carried out before in Serekunda and Sukuta. The cost of the previous waste clearing operations, around 20,000 Euros (1,000,000 GMD), had been covered by DBO.
Due to the successful waste clearing operations the NEA has asked for a regular support by DBO and PLG. In a joint project PLG and DBO want to implement a pilot project in three selected communities to point out a possible strategy to improve the waste situation in the respective areas. At the same time a systematic separation of organic and other waste shall be implemented for the first time in Gambia.
The concept plans to locate two 5.5m³ bucket containers - one for organic waste and one for other waste – at the public markets in three selected communities. The containers will be under constant supervision to ensure proper filling. The payment of the container attendee is carried out as a performance-based bonus system. Depending on the amount of waste the containers will be emptied every day or every other day.
In an experimental composting plant at Bakoteh dumpsite, the organic waste shall be converted into bio fertiliser. For sustainable funding of the project four additional containers will be located at hotels with costs for disposal of food and organic waste.
Since nearly one decade the charitable association Project Lighthouse Africa e.V., Project Lighthouse Gambia and collaborating experts have been working on the question of how to improve the waste management system in developing countries, to use the potential energy of waste and to turn a fundamental problem of the developing countries into an opportunity.
International Research Project "Digital Africa" on ICT-based Local Information and Communication Systems for Sustaining Development
With a range of projects, the research initiative „Digital Africa“ aims to make a contribution to the closure of the research gap, by drawing a comprehensive picture of the usage of ICTs by sub-Saharan African citizens. The initial project kick off by an international research team was funded by the German Ministry of Research and Education.
The research question focuses on the role of communication and media use in the context of infrastructure and development projects and includes researchers from Freie Universität Berlin , University of the Gambia , University of Nairobi and researchers from Ghana as well as business partners and civic organizations like ‘Project Lighthouse Africa’ and its subsidiaries Project Lighthouse Kenya and Project Lighthouse Gambia.
Central questions are:
Which are the attitudes and knowledge of the local population about the environmental situation in their region?
Which is the role local and regional media (including radio and ICTs like the mobile phone system) play in this context?
A further research question is to find out which applications / content form / mobile media channel could be used (or have to be developed) to reach the population.
Therefore best practice examples which already exist (especially in East Africa, like Kenya) shall be described and assessed in the context of the project goals.
Landfill and bio gas CHP unit at Bakoteh dumpsite
As many African countries, Gambia has a waste problem, which not only threatens the environment of the West African country, but which does also affect the population’s health. Therefore, Project Lighthouse Gambia (PLG) is engaged with a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project by establishing a landfill and bio gas Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit, in order to make a future-oriented contribution to an ecological meaningful and sustainable waste treatment and a stable power generation in the Gambia.
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The Project Movie "Landfill and bio gas CHP project in the Gambia" below will give you a brief introduction to the background of the project.
Dr. Yves Lamour explains the current sewage treatment and potential for the bio gas CHP (in German language).
Futher clips related to the "landfill and bio gas CHP project" and the waste management in the Gambia you will find on our YouTube Channel: youtube.com/ProLightAfrica
Establishment of a systematic waste flow data base in collaboration with KMC
As the first such organization Project Lighthouse Africa has established, in close cooperation with the Waste Management Department of Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC), a valid database for the volume and the flow of waste, generated in the KMC area.
The database is covering the period October 2010 to now, and provides an analysis of waste flow and waste volumes at the Bakoteh dumpsite on a systematic empirical basis as long-term study. The data acquisition will be continued systematically. The data base follows a permanent review process to enhance the data collection for reducing bias factors.
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Vocational Training Centre at New Yundum
Project Lighthouse Gambia has constructed and established a Vocational Training Centre (VTC) in the West African country the Gambia. The VTC aims to give young people from the surrounding communities the opportunity to gain hands on experience either on practical as well as on theoretical skills in farming and trade. The VTC is located at New Yundum close to the Banjul International Airport.
The Vocational Training and Knowledge Centre has been mainly founded by Pamodou S. Jallow, supported by the women garden community of New Yundum and volunteer workers from Tabokoto.
It consists of a training area for mixed farming concepts and experimental cropping and a workshop area for practical applications. The different workshops include carpenter, tailor, metal processing and electrical training facilities.
Experienced specialists and technicians from the surrounding area in charge of the training of interested and motivated youth. The VTC gives them the possibility to develop their skills and get a positive direction in their life even if they were inferior to social, financial or other circumstances. Also workshops with experts from Germany are organised. Therefore a close cooperation with the organization of Green Dessert e.V. based in Hannover was established.
Manufactured work pieces and provided services contribute to the revenue of the VTC and after the build-up and familiarization phase the centre will become financial independent. Thorough engagement of the community of New Yundum and a continuous readiness of volunteers from Tabokoto enabled ProLightGambia to finish the shell of VTC building in a one year period.
Reaching completion of the training centre and for entering the operational phase the VTC project still asks for further supporting (financial as well as donations in kind, e.g. sewing-machines, tooling, machinery for divers workshops).
The mixed farm area is an experimental training field for young people. Mixed farming shall be promoted as alternative farming method for keeping the soil in balance and to extend quality of the goods. Therefore our partner organisation Green Desert is training the volunteers, e.g. in fertiliser production, seedling breeding and soil management. Also training on poultry farming is possible.
The workshop complex is still under construction. Vocational training on carpentry, sewing, electricity and mechanic skills will offer a big opportunity to the youth. Especially to those who don’t have the chance to get a proper education on theoretical and practical level.
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