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Living our values through the IMC Charity Fund

In 2018 the Charity Fund supported two initiatives: the improvement of the Yangon Alleys in Myanmar, and the Freetown Cleanest Zone Competition in Sierra Leone. The projects kicked-off in early 2019 and we are glad to share their progress with you.

Monday 03 June 2019

IMC’s purpose is to empower the poor and disadvantaged in low- and middle-income countries by enabling them to connect more productively and sustainably with the services and resources they need to realise their potential. Most of the time we do this by working on major development projects around the world.  However, we also contribute to grassroot changes through our Charity Fund.

Each year we allocate up to £10,000 to support initiatives suggested by staff to extend the impact of our work.

In 2018 the Charity Fund supported two initiatives: the improvement of the Yangon Alleys in Myanmar, and the Freetown Cleanest Zone Competition in Sierra Leone. The projects kicked-off in early 2019 and we are glad to share their progress with you.

The Yangon Alley Gardens

In Myanmar, we are partnering with Doh Eain, a charity that works to make the many kilometres of Yangon’s back alleys into enjoyable, clean community spaces. Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial capital, is a booming and rapidly urbanising city. Over the past 30 years, due to rapid growth and lack of waste management, certain alleys became rubbish dumps attracting pests and causing serious health and safety hazards.

Credits: The Straits Times

Doh Eain (“Our Home”) is a social enterprise that is working to claim back these spaces. They started to clean alleys and turn them into enjoyable community spaces and small gardens. The project started from the backyard of their office and gradually scaled up. Now, their biggest reclaimed back alley comprises four playgrounds for kids, three gardens, two libraries and even a gym!

Credits: Myanmar Times

Our WASH,and Economics and Finance teams were working on an assessment of Yangon’s sewerage system and learned about the work of the social enterprise in one of their field visits. We decided to support Doh Eain because the mission is particularly relevant to our work in the country and reflects our commitment to a cleaner environment

Our Charity Fund Champion for this project is Chris Davies, Principal WASH Consultant.

Freetown ‘Cleanest Zone’ Competition

Sierra Leone is an important country to IMC. We have been implementing multiple projects, including the rehabilitation of the Freetown water network and the provision of a long-term solution for solid waste collection and disposal in the Western Area of Freetown.

Given our experience running competitions to generate people-driven innovative solutions, it seemed a perfect match to part fund Freetown Mayor, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr’s ‘Cleanest Zone Competition’ initiative. This seeks to incentivise communities in Freetown to keep public spaces clean. The winners such as solar-powered streetlights, paved road using recycled plastic tiles made locally, a waterpoint and scholarships for 10 children. The winners were announced the 11th of April 2019 in Freetown. Our WASH consultant represented IMC Worldwide and attended the ceremony, pictured here with the Mayor. 

You can watch the recording of the ceremony here, at minute 8 the Mayor thanks IMC Worldwide for the support.

Our Charity Fund Champion for this project is Jonathan Parkinson, Associate Director of Cities and Resilient Development.

We look forward to supporting further initiatives that align with our projects, objectives and values. In April 2019, the IMC Worldwide teams have submitted proposals for next year’s Charity Fund. Stay tuned for updates on new, exciting collaborations!

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