From bins to beauty! The Trumpeter Community Health Workers (Trumpeters) have been working with community members in Lologo, Juba, South Sudan to transform a local rubbish dump site into a communal garden where vegetables can be grown.
Rubbish dumping (left) is common practice in Juba, South Sudan. Besides looking and smelling terrible, it increases the spread of diseases which are particularly harmful for children under 5 and the elderly. The Trumpeters, who work hard to improve sanitation conditions across Juba in a variety of ways, found that simply clearing up dump-sites was not enough as they quickly get refilled. Instead the dump must be transformed into something else – like a garden!
Marcelina lives besides the rubbish dumping site and was involved in the clear-up project:
“Trumpeter Community Health Volunteers later came in and educated the community on health impacts of such a dump site, how important it is to keep our environment clean… We worked together to clear the dump site. What made it to work better is we made it a kitchen garden and planted vegetables after clearing the landfills… That made people to stop dumping.”
Community members are now responsible for watering and caring for the garden. Please keep the Trumpeters in your prayers as they seek to replicate this transformation in other parts of Juba.