Youth cleaning up garbage and blight which plagues the streets and awareness raising about the environment

June 15, 2017

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Placeholder
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the

Youth cleaning up garbage and blight which plagues the streets and awareness raising about the environment

About the Implementing organization

Name: Youth Network for Development (Jeunesse en Chaine pour le Developpement, or JCD)

Country: Congo, The Democratic Republic of the

Year of establishment: 2016

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Youth group or association


The people in Lemba live in a dirty and unhealthy environment because they lack the understanding and coordinated efforts and ability to care for the environment. Through JCD, youth learn about the benefits of cleaning up garbage-strewn streets and engage in coordinated efforts to clean them up. Their actions are raising awareness of the importance of protecting the environment among persons of all ages; reducing health risks because garbage is removed, and building youth esteem. It is motivating people to see they can make a difference in protecting and restoring their environment.

Nature Element


Type of Action

Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing / Pollution prevention, clean up / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Peace and security / Health / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

The project is improving the environment of Lemba, turning gutters (which were used as dumping sites for trash and even as outdoor latrines); neighbourhood areas; and public spaces into cleaner locales. This has an effect on community aesthetics and the health and wellbeing of the people. The project raises awareness of protecting the environment. (You don't provide the choice of city environments above, so we ticked drylands as the closest environmental description to it)

Sustainable Development Impacts

1) Reduce poverty--youth involved in the project are learning work values, which can help them in the job world. It is hoped by the end of 2017, 6030 youth will be involved. 3) Health--the removal of garbage will reduce health risks among the people of the area 5) Gender equality--the project engages young women and girls; promotes respect for them; and encourages them to plant vegetables which provide nutrition and income 8) Decent work--those who plant vegetables as part of the project can receive income 11) Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, and resilient and sustainable through clean-up of the environment, planting, and improvement of green spaces. 15) Protect and restore land--the project works at restoring areas of Lemba which were blighted with trash. It also engages youth in planting trees for shade and fruit, as well as flowers. Youth are connected to a cross-cutting section of the Sustainable Development Goals. All of the above affect them.


The project has trained additional province representatives and youth ambassadors who can spread the awareness raising and practical environmental projects. It is growing with the engagement of local churches, youth groups, and municipal representatives. The project, though started in Kinshasa, is partnering with others to moving out to rural areas. The project includes both awareness raising (through education and workshops) as well as action. Both prongs of the program are needed. It also engages youth counsellors, so that youth concerns are addressed along the way. Through what they have seen in terms of positive projects, local people not part of JCD, are telling others about what is happening.


The project is moving out to the rural areas so that they are not left behind. In partnership with other organizations, the project will raise awareness of the benefits of a clean environment and protecting the environment. Replicating the project elsewhere involves engaging youth groups in partnership with local municipal representatives and other civic organizations in coordinating environmental clean-up and planting. It needs to include hearing the needs of youth and meeting with them regularly; providing workshops on the environment; and coordinated efforts with clean-up materials and tools.

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