A group of young people under the banner, Youth United for Progress and Transformation (YUPT), has given some level of cleanliness to the Mamba Point Community.
YUPT members specifically carried out their self-initiated cleanup exercise in the Macobene Community in Mamba Point, which is the diplomatic enclave in Monrovia.
Mamba Point Community hosts several embassies, including United States, European Union and India House. It is also the location of several international organizations, especially United Nations related entities, including WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, FAO and UNFPA.
The young people under the leadership of Mr. Joseph Nyanway undertook the initiative last Saturday to give their community a massive facelift by cleaning clogged drainages, sweeping and removing dirt from the streets and brushing grassy spots.
Nyanway, who is also the founder and YUPT CEO said the cleaning campaign could not come at a better time when the nation is facing a deadly epidemic, the transmission of which has also been traced to dirty environments.
He said the initiative was just to serve as an eye-opener to residents of the community about the organization which has more than 200 members.
Community development has been of concern for a very long time specifically the issue that has to do with community dwellers as partners to the welfare of their own communities, Nyanway said.
He further stated that the youth realize that they must begin to impact the lives of their community residents, “because we are considered as a major vehicle for progress and transformation.”
“This is why we decided to embark on the initiative to give our community a facelift,” he said, adding, “ If we don’t do it then who will do it for us? We have been lagging behind as young people as a result of disunity but now that we have come together we will begin to show interest in the welfare of our community,” Nyanway told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview.
He said his organization lacks basic logistics, including machetes, hoes, rakes, leaf brooms and other materials that would enable them to continue the community cleaning exercise.
He appealed to the government, NGOs and embassies, especially the US embassy and surrounding UN agencies’ offices to giving them a helping hand.