Teenagers clean up East End streets after London riots

PUBLISHED: 12:03 14 September 2011

Teenagers give up their Sunday for community clean-up

Teenagers give up their Sunday for community clean-up

The recent riots that ripped through London inspired an group of teenagers to clear-up their community.

They inter-faith group approached a Bangladeshi charity called Proshanti, at the Bromley by Bow Centre, and asked: ”What can I do for my community?”

As part of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, 11 teenagers from Tower Hamlets and Newham, then set about planning a community clean up.

Armed with brooms and litter-pickers they covered a two mile route last Sunday afternoon, starting from Bromley by Bow to the end of Roman Road market.

Organiser and faiths act fellow, Anthony Silkoff, 24, said: “It was fantastic to speak to so many residents about our project. Shoppers were delighted to see 11 teenagers volunteering their Sunday afternoon for this.”

The teens raised over £270 from people passing, as well as local businesses including Elliot Leigh Estates, Chicchi Café, Costcutter and Zealand Café. Fellow organiser and faith act fellow Rizwan Hussain, 26, said: “There was a real feeling of community spirit. Local businesses were willing to support these young people in their efforts to do something positive on the anniversary of 9/11.”

The money raised will fund a maternal health project in Bangladesh run by Proshanti.

The faiths act fellows are planning more events to connect East End faith communities to Bangladeshi mums through their campaign called Mothers Matter @ Proshanti.

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