Volunteer Maldives Participates in Clean Up the World

Maldives Promotion House – As part of the global ‘Clean up the World’ initiative, this weekend the local people of tiny Komandoo, in the Shaviyani Atoll, have been putting into practice big ideas. As part of the ‘Global Clean- up Campaign’, an impressive turnout of 350 people, including the Volunteer Maldives’ Volunteer, Tala, arrived at the harbor early in the morning to start the clean-up operation.

Volunteer Tala, who is helping out in the pre-school on the island for three months and has proven herself to be of huge benefit to the kids’ English teaching already, was very enthusiastic to get stuck in and help clear the litter. With all Eco issues close to her heart, she really wanted to do more to help and has some great ideas. Starting with baby steps, regular island clean ups are definitely a step in the right direction to raise awareness and education.

This event marks the first step of a long journey of commitment from Volunteer Maldives, working in collaboration with its growing list of local island partners, such as Komandoo, to clean up the islands, and raise funds to help implement other sustainable ideas to maintain the initiative, such as setting up composting systems and eliminating plastic bags from the islands.

Registered in Maldives, Volunteer Maldives is an organization which was founded by Yvonne Habeeb and Michelle Flake, two professionals with a lot of experience in the global travel business, and ten years of experience living in Maldives.

Volunteer Maldives has worked with other nongovernmental organizations and island organizations, setting up programs in a variety of social areas such as education and sports. According to the organization, they are planning on extending their programs to other islands as well.

Clean Up the World is a community-based, environmental campaign that inspires and empowers communities around the globe to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment. The campaign’s flagship event is Clean Up the World Weekend, celebrated globally on the 3rd weekend in September each year, however Clean Up the World encourages and supports groups to undertake activities throughout the year.

Clean up the World was established in 1993, after Clean Up Australia founders, Ian Kiernan and Kim McKay, approached the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the idea of taking the Clean Up Australia concept globally. The resulting partnership now mobilises an estimated 35 million volunteers from 120 countries annually, making it one of the largest community-based environmental campaigns in the world.

UNEP assists Clean Up the World to promote the campaign and encourages participation through its networks. Clean Up the World works across six global regions identified by the United Nations and in three languages – English, French and Spanish. In 1998, Ian Kiernan was awarded the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Sasakawa Environment Prize for his vision and implementation of this worldwide environmental movement.

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