Plastic bottles painted gray, well fixed, put into shape transformed into a plastic chair stationed at the extreme end of the fair but attracting all looks . This is the handwork of Sobnangu Ange and his classmates of 4e at College de la Salle in Douala. A thought being materialised “It all began during the holiday when my brothers and I were fighting over a chair to watch cartoon.”
The boy in his early teenage hood is the center of attraction at the youth Village in Bonanjo-Douala. in his spare time could create 3 chairs weekly and 20 monthly but over a hundred could be done in a month with more man power. A double gain for the society
“we pick bottles in the streets, and we have also set up some specific garbage points where we collect on weekends, sterilise then proceed with our creations”, Sobnangu Ange.
The desire to have his own chair evolved into the protection of the environment “through this initiative, there will be less plastic bottles on the environment and given their recycled nature, everyone will be safe”.
Hundreds of plastic bottles are needed for each creation, wires and paint. Sobnangu Ange pleads for government support “if the government can establish specific trash cans for plastic bottles, it will be a boost for us while waiting to get financial assistance. We could create over 100 chairs monthly. If only we get government support.”. Dressed in his school uniform, Ange and his peers presented their creation to Littoral administrative officials. Almost everyone wanted to feel the comfort of the plastic bottle chairs displayed.
A plea taken seriously by government as the secretary General at the Littoral governor’s office says “we are proud to witness the know-how of our youths and we are satisfied to see that youths who received financial support from government are working hard too and we encourage them for their initiatives but more will come along”, Aboubakary Haman Tchiouto.
Youth week is an avenue for youths to display their creativity and lure government and private investors into investing in the youths.