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CHEPS volunteers launch cleanliness drives across cities

What started out as a cleanliness drive in a small village in the mountains of Chitral, has now transformed into a countrywide campaign to safeguard wildlife, trees, rivers and wetlands, and promoting hygienic practices in homes and neighbourhoods.

Moreover, by documenting the life histories of prominent personalities from Chitral, CHEPS has been at the forefront of preserving the cultural memory of Chitral for future generations. In the wake of the disastrous floods in Chitral, and elsewhere in the country, in July/August 2015, the CHEPS’ advocacy campaign for planting more trees, for safeguarding existing ones, and for promoting environmentally sustainable social practices has assumed ever greater importance.

It is in this context that CHEPS organized the third cleanliness drive of 2016, the first two being in Karachi and Lahore in January, on Sunday, 14 February, in the scenic Shakarparian park of Islamabad. Carrying banners and trash bags, CHEPS’ volunteers went around the park and picked plastic bags, rappers, bottles and other waste left by those frequenting the park.

Young CHEPS volunteers from the twin cities pledged their continued support for environment-friendly activities by a appointing a coordinator who will ensure that CHEPS’ volunteers actively participate in upcoming tree plantation activities.

Rehmat Ali Jaffar, Chairman CHEPS, reiterated his resolve to push for greater and more effective involvement of all stakeholders in the campaign to safeguard the natural environment for the future generations of Pakistan. He emphasized the role of young people in this endeavour by terming them agents of positive change in the society. Rehmat Ali welcomed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s Billion Tree Tsunami Plantation campaign and said that CHEPS will take active part in the drive by planting 0.1 million trees in Chitral in 2016. CHEPS will hold its next cleanliness drive in Peshawar.

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3 Comments
  1. Engr Riaz Chitrali says

    Its a Good Initiative to make Clean & Green Chitral Pakistan, To control weather climate its necessary to come for plantation process through collages and university students volunteer team effort.
    Many Warm Wishes for great cause !
    Engr Riaz
    Dir
    Smart Associates
    Islamabad

    1. Nizar Ali Shah says

      Chitral is a place worth seeing.Now it is the responsibility of its inhabitants how they keep it.This is a burning issue and is related with civic sense.we clean our homes and throw the rubbish in front of our neighbour’s home.we eat sweets and chocolates and throw wrappers here and there.We never teach our children to treat the neighbourhood,the society and the public property as something meant to be maintained well.With this attitude it is no wonder that our parks,schools, colleges roads and other public places are all littered because they don’t belong to any one.we need to think about our education system.Awareness program should be started from educational institutions.CHEPS s efforts are highly appreciated.
      Nizar Ali Shah
      Harchin Chitral

  2. Muhammad Karim Khan says

    very nice efforts by CHEPS congratulations keep it up

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