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Youths Clean-up For A Good Cause

Thousands of Nasinu residents will benefit from a clean-up campaign that was held yesterday. Department of Environment Awareness Officer Tavenisa Luisa said this week marked Environment week, so the department
04 Jun 2015 10:27
Youths Clean-up For A Good Cause
Members of Nadawa youths together with FNU staff and students after cleaning up Nadawa area as part of environment day yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Thousands of Nasinu residents will benefit from a clean-up campaign that was held yesterday.

Department of Environment Awareness Officer Tavenisa Luisa said this week marked Environment week, so the department gathered a few students from the Fiji National University and the youths in the various communities in the area to help with the clean-up for a good cause.

“This has been the department’s initiative to get the youths involved in these types of programme so they can be responsible adults in the future,” she said.

Ms Luisa said the department chose the Nasinu area because it was an area with a large and growing population, with a large number of squatter settlements.

“We found a lot of mosquito breeding places on this area and that is why we are here to do the clean-up and to create awareness to the community,” she said.

Fiji National University Environment student Vaira Wati said her main aim in joining the clean-up was to advocate awareness on keeping the environment clean.

“I volunteered for this programme because it gives me more experience on what my work would be like and this is a good initiative because I get to help the people here in Nadawa,” she said.

Nepani resident Camari Tuimanu, 50, said it was a good proposal by the Department of Environment because it made the community more aware about the need to keep their environment clean.

“Our youths have come out in numbers to help with the clean-up, which shows a good and productive activity for them to be doing,” she said.

Nasinu Town Council Environment Officer Elia Lalama said the campaign not only kept the area clean, but raised awareness as well on the need to help the community be aware of the environment they lived in.

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