my name is Isabel from Germany and for the last six months I have been working for a local non-profit organisation, the Glitters Volunteer Group GVG in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Zanzibar is a beautiful historic archipelago in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Tanzania, very popular among tourists. Apart from that, the citizens of Zanzibar still face massive problems, concerning their living conditions such as widespread poverty and low health status.
As a consequence, local residents founded the Glitters Volunteer Group GVG Zanzibar aiming to improve the situation in the communities. The NGO deals with sustainable environmental development and related health issues including the clearing of waste, environmental education in the community as well as water quality and hygiene in domestic areas.
The NGO is a local initiative, which relies on all staff members working on a voluntary basis, including the management, office staff, lawyer as well as our crew of 124 workers who clean different areas in Zanzibar Town every morning.
Zanzibar is facing severe environmental problems, which are mainly caused by a practically non-existent waste management system and the consequential burning, burying or random dumping of waste by the citizens. The situation has great influences on the community's health and the islands economy. GVG works closely with the Zanzibar government and other organisations to improve the situation.
Now we are facing a massive challenge, which is the upcoming rain season that has started early this year and will continue for another three months. Due to the heavy (very heavy!) rain, it is nearly impossible to keep the areas clean because there is waste and dirt water everywhere, which poses an additional health threat during this time.
As GVG is a local non-profit organisation, it doesn't have the financial means to supply the cleaning crew with necessary protective working gear, such as gloves, proper shoes, masks, reflective vests or raincoats. This is a big problem and has already caused avoidable injuries among the workers. The current situation is indefensible and with the rain season ahead we now urgently need to find a possibility to supply the required materials. But we don't want to give up!
:and that is why I have decided to share this story in hope to find some people who would like to support our efforts through a financial contribution.
To supply our 124 crew members with suitable equipment, we need 3937 Euro.
Plastic Gloves: 2,25 Euro per pair
Working Gloves: 2,75 Euro per pair
Reflective Vest: 3,75 Euro each
Raincoat: 17,50 Euro each
Rainboots: 5,00 Euro per pair
Mask: 0,50 Euro each
As they say in Kiswahili: "Ahsante sana!"
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