Solidarity After Mbeubeuss Fire

On Sunday the 11th of February 2018  a massive fire broke out at the Mbeubeuss waste dump in Dakar, Senegal. 

According to recent estimates, there are 2500 waste pickers who earn their living recuperating recyclable materials from the dump. Some of these waste pickers lost years of storage, raw material, and shelter in the fire.

In addition to the individual waste pickers who work on the dump, a plastic recycling company had been established there by Mr. Abdoul Aziz. Mr. Aziz is a founding member of the waste picker's association Bokk Diom, and a former waste picker himself, who has worked at Mbeubeuss since the 1970's. His business involved the collection, cleaning and selling of plastic materials recovered from the dump. The business employed 75 men and women waste pickers and was completely destroyed in the fire. 

In addition to the loss of 75 jobs, the financial loss for the company totaled 60 million FCFA ($114 000). 

The funds collected by this campaign will go to the Association Bokk Diom des Récupérateurs et recycleurs de Mbeubeuss (Bokk Diom Waste Pickers Association of Mbeubeuss). They will be used for:

1) Support to the waste pickers who lost their storage in the fire

2) Support to the waste pickers who lost their jobs with the plastic company

3) Support to Mr Aziz, founding member of Bokk Diom and owner of Abdoul Aziz et fils to rebuild his company


Jenna Harvey
Somerville, MA

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