Young participants in our monthly litter sweep

Ineffective waste disposal across Ghana can seriously damage the environment and people's wellbeing. Waste collection in rural areas is extremely hard to regulate, and most households therefore burn their waste, including plastic. Dangerous toxins from this burning is released into the air around homes, becoming a serious threat to family health

As part of our sanitation project, we are working with families to teach them about more effective waste disposal, and working to end the burning of plastics. The team are also running monthly litter picking sweeps of communities for children and young people, sorting waste for recycling and safe disposal.

Cleaning up neighbourhoods has wider improvements for sanitation: during flooding there is less strain on drainage, and less waste being spread through the community. Improving waste and litter disposal also reduces habitats for flies and other pests which carry diseases like cholera, typhoid and dysentery. 

How does this make peace?

  1. Working together for the community builds trust and friendship, and addresses conflict drivers like illness and poverty
  2. Building friendships between young people from different tribes makes this our work sustainable, as friendships will last far into the future
  3. Creating a shared vision and mission for the community bridges ethnic divides and creates a space for co-creation

This project is part of a wider plan to do peacemaking work with communities in Ghana through sanitation work. We need your support to make this happen: just £17 per month helps us pay for sweets and other small incentives to get more young people involved in this community initiative. Please consider setting up a regular gift to enable us to run this project for many years to come.