Elamilima appeals for funds

2017-06-08 06:00

Elamilima Environmental Project was founded in 2012 as a Non-Profit Organisation.

Elamilima Environmental Project is a community based organisation with the objective of cleaning and advocating for the hygienic cleanliness of Wards 18 and 87 in Site C.

Site C is a neighbourhood with a huge number of informal settlements and is characterised by a high crime rate, illiteracy, high unemployment, is poverty stricken and has a notable number of people living with terminal illnesses.

According to the Environmental Monitoring Group, the Khayelitsha township is an area of strategic biodiversity importance due to its location, which includes valuable wetlands and ecosystems.

Within the community, poor environmental education has led to unsustainable practices like refuse dumping, drain blockages, wetlands destruction and sandmining.

In addition to the environmental health concerns that come from improper waste management, wetlands pollution and sand mining has vast economic and infrastructural consequences.

Inversely, civic engagement and civilian mobilisation to combat such issues has the potential to spur local economic and social development through the establishment of recycling facilities and rehabilitation task forces.

Elamilima EP is there as a response to the horrific refuse disposal practices in this neighbourhood where drain blockages and polluted wetlands have led to unsanitary conditions, diseases, mosquito breeding grounds and more.

Elamilima has taken the initiative to promote environmental education and community involvement through participatory workshops and voluntary days devoted to cleaning up our areas including wetlands.

This is driven by the desire to improve the neighbourhood from the effects of dumping and improper solid waste management that exist in these Wards. Now that we have established prominent presence on the ground and built partnerships with other NGOs like Living Lands, Development Action Group, Wolfgat Nature Reserve and Table Mountain Funders, we hope to build up our headquarters and volunteer corps, and increase the wetlands and sand mining rehabilitation programmes.

Elamilima is humbly requesting CBOs, NGOs and Ci Departments to support us to make the difference to ensure that clean, safe and healthy environment.

Luleka Zepe Site C

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