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YOUTH-LED CLEANING CAMPAIGN WINS NATIONAL ENERGY GLOBE AWARD FOR S. SUDAN

Zaida Ibrahim cleans at Konyo-Konyo Taxi Park (Courtesy photo)

By Neema Juma

A cleaning campaign led by youth of South Sudan has claimed this year’s National Energy Globe Award.

Nadafa Le Beledna,” a Juba Arabic phrase for “Cleanliness for our Country” Campaign is meant to create general awareness on cleaning, hygiene, waste management, and citizens’ responsibility in keeping their surrounding and neighborhood clean.

It engages youth from the suburbs of the city to voluntarily clean their respective areas.

At least 182 countries participated in the contest where Nadafa Le Beledna was evaluated on National level, awaiting evaluation on International level of the competition.

“This award means youth are big contributors to sustainable environmental protection, and it challenges them to do more in protecting the environment, said Data Emmanuel Gordon, Program Coordinator-Okay Africa Foundation.

“Many who have lost hope in their potentials will rethink and get back to fighting climate change in any way possible,” he added.

Okay Africa Foundation applied under the “Youth Category” Consisting of high profile independent jury from Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe, the submitted projects were evaluated between January and March 2019 and high ranked national projects were announced.

The ENERGY GLOBE Award was initiated in 1999 by Wolfgang Neumann of Austria.

He has initiated numerous projects, campaigns, events and energy consultancy offices for energy efficiency. These include the Energy Saving Expo in Wels, Austria, which has evolved to a lighthouse event across Europe regarding energy efficiency, and naturally the international Energy Globe Award.

Nadafa Le Beledna is being implemented by Okay Africa Foundation in partnership with Community Empowerment for Rehabilitation and Development (CEFoRD), Assistance for Relief and Development Agency (ARUDA), Christian Agency for Peace and Development (CAPaD), South Sudan Agricultural Producer’s Union (SSAPU), Advance South Sudan, Save Lives Initiative (SLI) and other youth-led organizations and with support from Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and South Sudan Red Cross (SSRC).

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