Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Volunteer for Bangladesh, the volunteer wing of JAAGO Foundation has stepped in to clean up the Banani Lake in its annual World Water Day campaign.
This year the challenge lasted for three days and two nights, and was sponsored by Coca-Cola Bangladesh and Robi Axiata Limited.
One participating team was selected from 11 districts across Bangladesh, namely Barisal, Chittagong, Dhaka, Feni, Gazipur, Jhalukathi, Khulna, Narayanganj, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Sylhet.
The project was designed to give the volunteers a view into the lives of the Karail slum-dwellers and their daily problems, a press statement said.
On the first and second day, participants undertook numerous challenges, including a Treasure Hunt, the Shower Challenge and the biggest task, the Lake Cleaning Challenge.
All of these challenges were designed to help increase understanding between the slum-dwellers and the volunteers.
Volunteers made roadside tea, sold fish at a dock market and completed the Treasure Hunt with the help of the local people. They collected a total of 1,562 1/2 kilograms of waste materials from the lake, on the second day.
The participants also attended an awareness session as well as a Motivational Session conducted by prominent youth leaders, who spoke about the importance of conserving water and the role each citizen plays in it.
The Volunteer for Bangladesh project is supported by The U.S. Embassy, Dhaka.
BBN/SSR/AD-25Mar12-1:20 am (BST)