Scouts in Myanmar join other youth and civil society groups to clean up Yangoon
Nearly 100 Rovers and Scouts banded together in the early morning of May 1 to clean up a garbage-filled back street in downtown Yangoon. A civil society group, Clean Yangoon, spearheaded the activity in partnership with Myanmar Scouts and the Yangoon City Development Committee.
The clean-up lasted for eight hours, from 7am to 3pm at the innermost area of the 42nd Street which was filled with garbage and sewages with a depth of almost three feet.
Zaw Min Naing, a Scout who volunteered in the clean-up was very eager to help out, saying that it is a Scout’s primary duty to help the community. “I joined this activity because Scouts should always be prepared to render service when called for, and to help the community whenever necessary. Cleaning our beautiful city and educating the people about proper waste segregation is my way of helping our community. That is what Scouts do, and I am glad to be a part of this.”
On the other hand, he also expressed his worries about the sheer amount of garbage in the back streets of Yangoon.
“People really need to be aware about how to manage their garbage properly and systematically. The rampant throwing of garbage anywhere, with sheer disregard to standing laws and state policies should be handled sternly by the city government, and the people should be made aware of its impact to the overall hygiene and health condition of the neighbourhood,” he lamented.
Chief Commissioner Tin Nyo of the Myanmar Scouts expressed his full support for the endeavour, saying that it is a Scout’s mandate to care and protect the environment.
“The environment is an important part to a Scout’s life and training, and we been connecting with the environment, learning from nature and taking positive action for the local and global environments since Baden-Powell founded the Scout Movement in 1907. As the world continues to face a lot of environmental challenges, a Scouts, we are dutybound to contribute to prevent any further damages to the global environment,” he said.
Scouts and non-Scouts who volunteered during the clean-up activity committed to bring more volunteers for future clean-up activities.
With reports from Alex Kaung Myat Htoo, Coordinator for Communications and International Affairs, Myanmar Scouts
Photos (c) Myanmar Scouts