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We need your help!

Please donate to WFM and help us reach our funding goals for running river cleanup campaigns.


Without your support, we cannot complete these initiatives to the best extent! Every little bit counts for a lot!

 
Interested in working with us? Come join our team or become our partner!
 

News:

June 2014:

1st Cleanup Campaign started and attracted over 300 volunteers to clean a drain and stream behind a recently-flooded school.


January 2015:

Further campaigns will be discussed with the organizations and individuals that organized the previous ones.  Participation as advertising will be proposed to businesses.


Interested in helping?

To help rivers stay clean, we work to establish a habit of avoiding river dumping through incentivized awareness campaigns and organized river cleanups.

 

River Pollution in Myanmar

Town waterways such as river streams and drains are full of trash.  Regular dump sites, they frequently block, and in the rainy season this produces floods.  Floods have become an annual occurrence in the town, despite being an unknown phenomenon just 3-4 years before.  Plastics decompose over a long time scale, and make up the majority of river pollution.  Light breaks down plastics into small inorganic pieces that are toxic to fish and other animals when eaten; with fishing, these make their way up the food chain to humans.


The accumulation of trash in the water allows bacteria to breed, which people then come into contact with when they shower or fish.  Stagnant water also helps mosquitoes multiply, which then spread harmful diseases such as malaria.  Infrequent and insufficient cleaning coupled with continued dumping ensures that the town waterways stay dirty and blocked.

 
 

River Maintenance

›River pollution must be attacked on two fronts: the existing pollution must be removed, and future pollution must be prevented.
-Annual cleanup
Partly a public awareness campaign, an annual cleanup of one or a few streams/drains recruits volunteers from across town as well as various companies wishing to advertise themselves to come together and remove river pollution.  By actively participating, residents can feel more strongly about river pollution, and once the waterways become clean, people are less inclined to start polluting the newly pristine waters again.  Volunteers are provided with boots, shovels, baskets, masks, and gloves and work in teams assigned different tasks.  In the past, more than 300 volunteers showed up at a river cleanup behind a recently-flooded school to clean the stream and the nearby drain; in just a few hours, most trash as well as mud buildup further blocking the water was gone.  Volunteers had the various tasks of removing trash from the stream or drain, transporting the trash to waste trucks in long lines of basket passing, driving the trash to a landfill designated not be burned, and digging out mud and bushes encroaching on the river.  Health organizations also attended the event and provided medical assistance as well as preventive measures in the forms of masks and gloves.  Lunch was provided, as well as snacks, and the event lasted only a few hours on a weekend.  Similar events would be organized yearly.

 

Awareness Campaign

Our awareness campaign utilizes personal and public incentives to combat river pollution.  The Educational Division would also further spread information on river pollution's adverse consequences.
-Signs
Near every cleaned stream and drain, a sign would be posted showing the water before and after a cleaning to prompt reflection on preserving its condition by not littering.  The companies and institutions that participated in the river cleanup in those locations would also be advertised on the sign as an incentive for participation.

-Posters
Advertising materials such as posters and calendars would be distributed to partner businesses such as shops and restaurants to display at their locations and remind people of the effects of river pollution by for instance showing the water's condition before and after a cleaning.  At the same time this shows the businesses' support for river preservation.

-Stickers
Those who participate in or support cleanups, for instance through donations of funds or supplies, would be given a sticker to place on the doors of their homes or businesses to show their fellow community members that they are in favor of ending river pollution.

 

Partnerships

We partner with the following to organize river cleanups as well as spread awareness of river cleanups and anti-river dumping:


-businesses: incentivized to sponsor cleanups and host ads in order to gain publicity and a positive image

-health organizations: in their interest to spread awareness of river pollution consequences on health and provide medical assistance at cleanups

-media: spread coverage on river cleanups to recruit volunteers and discourage river dumping

-schools: receive education on anti-dumping and older students can be volunteers for cleanups 

 

Outside Links

Kyaukme River Cleanup June 2014: http://lincmyanmar.webs.com/river-cleanup