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Mangochi Youth NGO on environmental management drive

Written by  Arnold Namanja

Mangochi, July 25, 2015: A local youth non - governmental organisation in Mangochi, Health and Environmental Initiative for Development (HEID) has embarked on an environmental management initiative to uplift living standards of communities through mobilization and mitigating impact of unsanitary environments. 

The essence is to achieve a healthy and hygienic community.

Speaking in an interview Friday on the sidelines of a District Executive Committee meeting, HEID Executive Director Emmanuel Simbani said the organisation wants improved livelihoods for communities.

“We would like to empower communities to have access to health services and enhance participation in development initiatives in order to promote safe drinking water, improve sanitation, hygiene and environmental protection using locally available resources,” he said.

Simbani said HEID would work towards ensuring improved health and living standards of people by increasing access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.

According to Simbani, the initiative would ultimately increase the participation of youths in environmental protection.

“In addition, we will also in the process offer improved accessibility to cross cutting services related to sexual reproductive health and rights and gender to in and out of school youths,” Simbani pointed out.

HEID will be implementing activities under such programmes as environmental protection and disaster management, water sanitation and hygiene as well as youth involvement in sexual reproductive health.

Through such programs, Simbani projected that HEID would clear 95percent of unnecessary disposed waste within Mangochi Boma and see to it that at least 75 percent of households have waste disposal sites.

“Over and above, the whole project would attempt to increase youth participation in massive tree planting campaigns whereby 30, 000 trees are expected to planted in the next coming five years,” added Simbani.

District Commissioner for Mangochi, Jack Nguluwe commended HEID for complementing other interventions in managing the environment.

“It is quite commendable to have a youth NGO to take part in conserving the environment. With the prevailing climate change challenges, the need for more strategies to manage the environment cannot be overemphasized,” Nguluwe added.

Ngulube observed that youths were an integral element in the development of the country in view of their composition (numbers) and their energy levels, assuring that the council will provide the organisation all the necessary support to effectively carry out its activities.

HEID came into being from successful initiatives of the youth group called New Future Youth Organisation operating in the area of Traditional Authority Mponda in the district since 2007. It was registered in 2005.

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