Angolans Cleaned and Experienced Happy Moments Despite of Difficulties

In the West-African country with the population of 30 million, 160 people took part in the World Cleanup Day event. The coordinator Cornelio Chipipa said that, in addition to those who had registered, some passers-by also joined them when they saw the action. The single big event started at 8 o’clock in the morning and […]

In the West-African country with the population of 30 million, 160 people took part in the World Cleanup Day event. The coordinator Cornelio Chipipa said that, in addition to those who had registered, some passers-by also joined them when they saw the action.

The single big event started at 8 o’clock in the morning and lasted for six hours with the remarkable result. They collected 17 tons of plastics, broken glass bottles and cans.

Unfortunately, in addition to the small turn-out, like lack of funding. For example, drinking water was not provided, so some people could not stay for the whole event. „We would have liked to have some funds for trash bags because people did not want to pay for the bags themselves as they were already working for free,“ Chipipa said.

He added that cleaning the dirtiest beach in Angola was definitely a challenge but they managed to do it. Luckily, at one point one of their partners helped by bringing a Caterpillar truck to remove the trash where hands were useless.

“We actually experienced several happy moments. When we started to clean the beach, it seemed that we would not be able to manage it. After three kilometres along the seaside we realised that it was really a lot to do, but we had already done big part of it. And when one journalist came to us and we found ourselves on air explaining what we are doing – it was really a proud moment,” he described.

In addition to this interview, Chipipa and his colleagues were invited to two more radio stations. One of the stories was published in the national newspaper as well. “It will change the people’s minds – that we are volunteering for nothing. When they see how clean the beach is, they will be impressed. I guess that the government will join us in the future,” he concluded.

Marii Kangur