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Back in the month of May, a group of students from the north joined forces to promote a healthy, safe and clean environment by adopting several initiatives and projects including clean up campaigns in an effort to discontinue pollution and the improper disposal of garbage across town. The group which goes by the name of Clean and Green Orange Walk, executed its latest environmental project involving a four day summer program which kicked off on Monday. The program targeted children from the ages of seven to twelve and was aimed at educating them about the major types of pollution and its harmful effects which greatly impact the community.


Eudaldo Patt – President, Clean and Green O.W.


“The group is comprised of individuals, youths who come around and help in the community such as service work, cleaning areas such as the library, the streets, parks and so forth, and also helping our individuals, probably our fourth activity we really want t encourage the younger generation to know what is happening within our environment, we want to create self awareness with them in order for them to start seeing about the environment and to make Orange Walk a better place. Their responds is very good because they like to participate like we ask them questions and they raise their hands and they always like to be out of their comfort zone and to be with us because we went to pick up some garbage and they participated and they were really excited about it.”


Screen_Shot_2019-08-01_at_6.29.00_PMOlvin Lopez – Vice-President, Clean and Green O.W.


“Through out this week we have been teaching the children about pollution, land, water and air pollution because this is something that is affecting not only Belize but in the world because our children they are the future and if we want to have a change we need to tell them and make them aware of what is going on in order to have a change.”

 

In order to effectively convey the sub-topic of recycling, participants got in touch with their creative side by crafting objects using recyclable materials.


Olvin Lopez – Vice-President, Clean and Green O.W.


“We are showing them pictures about how pollution is affecting us, teaching them how to recycle and to reuse and not to throw garbage because the first day that we came we asked them what is pollution and they all what they said is the throwing of garbage and the garbage is something that affects everybody because Orange Walk and Belize especially a lot of people they throw garbage and they know we are trying to prevent this, we teach them on how to do arts and craft out of plastic bottles, we make them do their pencil holders because that is something that they can use in school so we recycle the pencil bottles and they got their zippers and like that they can reuse it and they can take it to school and that they can show the rest of the children that they can reuse it.”


While the response from the participants was quite interactive, the program could not have been successful without support from the community.


Eudaldo Patt – President, Clean and Green O.W.


“Throughout this program, we got a lot of help from a lot of people and I would like to give them a warm thank you from the group which will be the Sandy Hunter Library for allowing us to host the program here and also JICA Mr. Mazaki who helped us throughout the program and also Mr. Alex from Landy’s who donated wood for us for an activity we did along with the children and also the town council who contributed on what was needed.”


On another note, the Clean and Green Orange Walk group is looking to expand its membership, therefore, interested persons can visited the Sandy Hunter Library for more information on how to join.

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