This project is transforming micro-gardening in the district through the repair and redesign of an unused system of sorting and composting. The project includes all levels of participants in households, schools, public institutions and commercial infrastructure. It is a partnership with the municipality and a local NGO partner, Institut Africain de Gestion Urbaine (IAGU).
Using community surveys, much effort was made at the outset of this project to understand the perceptions and needs of the public related to micro-gardening and composting. Outreach activities also played a key role in preparing the community through information sessions and public meetings. Through these activities a full appreciation of the needs and potential outcomes of the project developed.
Training in waste separation has involved approximately 150 of the 200 households on Goree Island.
The production of organic compost has now started. The most important outcome of this project has been the reorganization of the process of waste collection on the island of Gorée.
Initially, there was strong resistance from the municipal waste collectors and they did not want to get involved in the composting project. A prolonged series of community meetings resulted in a process of deep reflection on the organization of waste collection, the management of human resources involved, and the working conditions of the waste collectors. The SCI team made a significant contribution to this debate through persistent and ongoing mediation amongst the parties, and the outcome is a new waste collection process, the integration of women into the process, and improvement of waste collectors working conditions, for example with the purchase of protective equipment and community support in sorting waste materials.
The waste management system on the island of Goree now includes a household organic waste collection system and an operational composting facility run by the Goree municipality.