NEWS: Syria’s spirit getting back to its feet through World Cleanup Day

Despite years of unrest and fighting on Syrian soil, the spirit of youngsters in Syria is getting back to its feet as the largest cities of the country, Aleppo, Homs, Lattakia and Damascus, are joining millions in the world by cleaning up their cities. Let’s Do It! Syria leader Elias Abdouch says that the main […]

Despite years of unrest and fighting on Syrian soil, the spirit of youngsters in Syria is getting back to its feet as the largest cities of the country, Aleppo, Homs, Lattakia and Damascus, are joining millions in the world by cleaning up their cities. Let’s Do It! Syria leader Elias Abdouch says that the main driving force behind the movement is the wish to give something back to the country. 

It hasn’t been long since Let’s Do It! Syria was launched. JCI Syria organisation got the idea from its mother organisation in 2017, but decided to get on the bandwagon of cleaning up the world with others in March 2018. Ever since then, four of the local organisations have been working hard finding partners and volunteers for the cause.

Let’s Do It! Syria leader Elias Abdouch says that the main driving force behind joining the movement for him and others, is the wish to give back to their country. ‘When the word started spreading on social media, people called me and messaged and asked how they could join,’ he recalls. Such a positive reaction came as a surprise to Elias and his team.

The volunteer core teams in all the four cities engaged have also found local partners in municipality or among NGOs for support and solving various issues together. For example, Lattakia’s local municipality is taking care of all the logistics by providing bags, gloves and such. The organisation has predicted that the number of people cleaning on the 15th of September will be upwards from 1500, including three hundred LDI Syria members.  Elias says, though, that this is only the beginning. ‘It’s time to change one’s mindset. People need to start thinking of the trash around them, start cleaning it up, stop throwing trash on the ground and begin reducing and sorting the waste in their homes,’ points Elias out.

By cleaning up important areas of those four cities, like the Old City of Damascus, the city beach in Lattakia, a park in Aleppo and neighbourhood in Homs, the World Cleanup Day organisers in Syria hope to start something bigger than just a onetime clean-up action.

Ingrid Nielsen