We are designing the program so that all neighborhood leaders sensitize people simultaneously in terms of solid waste management to ensure consistency and sustainability. The kick off of the program will be done simultaneously in the whole city with the participation of the Mayor, SMCRS*, well known singers and other stakeholders in Petion-Ville. Each singer will adopt one of the 16 zones in Petion-Ville to keep each zone enthused and foster friendly competition between the different zones.
We are working with our partners on the ground to work out the details of how we are going to organize the localities so that each community will have a committee that will be in charge of ensuring that: (1) adequate number of trash and recycle bins are available; (2) people are using them effectively; (3) trash is being picked up on time by government or private operators; (4) the sensitization program is ongoing; and (5) individuals and local businesses are contributing in kind and financially to support the trash management system of their localities.
The committees will work closely with public and private agencies to ensure that the neighborhood interventions complement the govt. solid waste management program for Petion-Ville.
Responsibilities of the committees: 1. Identify problems/needs of the community and set priorities; 2. Translate priorities in the form of projects and assist the community in preparing ts development plan (in collaboration with the Mayor’s office and SMCRS) to be used by anyone or organization who wants to help the community; 3. Create awareness and build capacity in the community on waste management; 4. Monitor project implementation and make recommendations; 5. Promote the vision of CEN to grassroots organizations and the target population; 6. Inform grassroots organizations of CEN activities; 7. Inform CEN on local projects status; 8. Be the liaison between CEN and grassroots organizations; 9. Prepare periodic project reports.
Criteria for the formation of committees: 1. Geographical boundaries ( committees are formed by block or communal section ) 2. Representativeness (all layers or sectors are represented ) 3. Gender Balance ( a quota of at least 30% of women required) 4. Legal (members must have a mandate from the committee) 5. Apolitical ( The committees are not political or ideological organizations) 6. Nondenominational ( The committees have no religious preference) 7. Nonprofit (Members are not paid and cannot implement income-generating activities with donated money) 8. Experience ( members must be affiliated with organizations that have already made a difference in the community) 9. Transmission capacity ( the committees must be able to transmit messages and organize training for the community) 10. Leadership skills.
Responsibilities of CEN vis-a-vis the Committees: 1. Schedule periodic meetings with the committees; 2. Conduct training sessions tailored based on the location of the committee; 3. Create a web based system to promote local projects; 4. Support the committees in their functions; 5. Provide tools to the committee to help promote the vision of CEN (fliers, posters; shirts, etc.) and training sessions tailored for the community.
*SMCRS is the govt. agency in charge of solid waste management in Port-au-Prince.