Clean/drinking water is a condition of life for everyone, everywhere in the world. Since this spring, the Haarlem-Mutare Foundation has been working with organizations in Haarlem and its sister city Mutare in Zimbabwe to clean the rivers in both cities. We started on March 18, 2023 on National Clean Up Day in both cities. The Spaarne River was cleaned that day by the IVN, the Trekvogels Canoe Club, the Kontiki scout group, the SUPmission Haarlem, de Pinguïn, the Haarlem-Mutare foundation, the Roadside Gang and many volunteers. Citizen group Mutare Rivers Rehabilitation Initiative (MRRI) cleans the Sakubva River every week and works with Mutare Municipality. The Netherlands VEI Joint Water Supply Companies support a clean water supply project in Mutare and are partners in our project.
This Saturday 16 September, on World Clean-up Day, another cleaning action took place in Haarlem. The SUPmission met at Dolhuys at 10:30 a.m. to rid Spaarne of plastic waste with Supboards and a boat. She did this with the Pinguin Haarlem and the city link Haarlem-Mutare. The Huiskamergeluk orchestra welcomed the cleaners with joyful music.
Scouting Kontiki, Bermbende Haarlem, IVN and the De Trekvogels Canoe Club worked with many volunteers from Haarlem North. We look back on a very successful campaign with magnificent weather.
On Monday, October 30, we will host an inspiration evening at 8 p.m. at the Haarlemse Pletterij, where we will look back on World Cleanup Day and consider our next activities.