Teenagers clean up East End streets after London riots

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 Caf�, Costcutter and Zealand Caf�. 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.

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