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The Nikšić settlement of Gračanica has been cleared of waste

18. 9. 2020

Cleaning of piles of garbage was organized this week in the settlement of Grčanica in Nikšić. Just before September 19, the International Coastal Cleanup Day, activists of the youth of NGO “Center for Affirmation of the Roma-Egyptian (RE) Population” – CAREP, with assistance from Help and together with the residents of Gračanica, have collected large amounts of waste in the immediate vicinity of their houses.

Help has provided masks, gloves and waste bags, and our mediator Denisona Beriša also took part in the cleanup action. The municipality of Niksic has assisted in this action by providing trucks and other equipment to transport the garbage collected to the landfill site.

The intention of this action was to send the message that it is very important to maintain clean the environment in the areas in which we live. A large number of young people and children from the settlement gladly joined this action.

The executive director of CAREP, Nardi Ahmetović, who also participated in the collection of waste in Gračanica, points out that the action was organized to clean the settlement and the river in honor of the International Coastal Cleanup Day.

“It is very important that the residents are involved and responsible for what is happening around their backyards and that they take care of the environment. In that way, they contribute themselves to the preservation of nature, health and even the climate in which we live.”

The cleaning of Gračanica was organized within the project “Civil society in action promoting and protecting Roma and Egyptian rights in Montenegro” which is funded by the European Commission – European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). In this project, Help is a partner of the Roma youth organization “Let’s walk together Phiren Amenca”.

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