34 trash cans/ 34個のゴミ箱

For the past one month I've been talking with JICA (Japanese governmental agency that sent me here), BLAN (leader of the garbage collection association of Diebougou), Kabore (my work partner at health center) and Kinda (our artist of Diebougou) about our small project of making new 34 trash cans to distribute one each to all the schools, churches, and mosques in Duebougou. 


Diebougou, the city I love, is full of garbage. Once I go outside I see dirty plastic bags dumped everywhere. The culture of using trash cans has not yet been ingrained in people here. 


A owner of a small shop says that 15 years ago, it wasn't dirty like today. People have been throwing garbage everywhere since decades ago, but the problem today, is that there are things that don't return to the soil, such as bottles, plastics, cans, things like them. 


Yesterday I finally heard from JICA that my application was accepted and JICA can pay for the 34 trash cans. Our goal to be aimed at is to make people realize the importance of the utilization of the trash cans and stop throwing everything everywhere. So we'll be going to school to school, to churches and mosques telling what we think we should tell. 

Trash cans being made/ ゴミ箱がつくられる


Today we went to city hall to show our garbage arts and asked for the authorization of placing them there for the purpose of encouraging public awareness to this issue. 



We've also talked about our project -WOUNTOGO SUI- the project of making arts close to people's everyday life in Diebougou. That we are making arts (including arts with garbage) to distribute domestically and internationally and will make a school of art in Diebougou for the children with no parents to be able to earn their living by making arts.


I like being surrounded by active energies of people because that makes me feel that anything is possible. I'm glad that things are really moving forward. I hope in the future, Diebougou will be full of arts instead of garbage.