In a commendable effort to combat plastic pollution and promote environmental sustainability, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Sierra Leone has successfully removed over 72 tons of trash from the beach area of the nation’s capital, Freetown, over the last three months.

This significant achievement was made possible through the implementation of a beach cleaning project launched several months ago by the IOM. The campaign primarily focused on engaging and empowering returnees who were determined to contribute their best efforts towards giving the city’s beaches a positive face-lift.

Recognizing the detrimental impact of plastic pollution on the environment, the IOM mobilized approximately 300 returnees under a cash-for-work beach clean-up initiative. These dedicated individuals worked tirelessly to reduce plastic pollution on the Lumley/Aberdeen beach, two popular coastal areas in Freetown.

Plastic pollution has long been identified as a major contributor to environmental degradation, and the IOM’s initiative aimed to address this pressing issue. By providing employment opportunities through the clean-up project, the organization not only helped improve the state of the beaches but also offered valuable income-generating prospects for returnees.

The removal of 72 tons of trash from Freetown’s beaches is a testament to the collective efforts of the IOM and the dedicated returnees involved in the campaign. Their commitment and hard work have made a significant impact on reducing plastic pollution and enhancing the beauty of Sierra Leone’s coastal areas.

The IOM’s beach cleaning project serves as a shining example of how communities can come together to address environmental challenges and create positive change. With continued efforts and support, Sierra Leone can strive towards a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future for its people and the natural resources that surround them.