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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!
1st Cleanup Campaign started and attracted over 300 volunteers to clean a drain and stream behind a recently-flooded school.
Further campaigns will be discussed with the organizations and individuals that organized the previous ones. Participation as advertising will be proposed to businesses.
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.
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