Participants in the Department of Waste Management’s Summer Beautification Project paint a Carrot Bay home Tuesday. Photo: NGOVOU GYANG

Ever since Ingah and Andreal Smith of Carrot Bay got married 61 years ago, they’ve made it a habit to have lunch on their balcony each day.

Participants in the Department of Waste Management’s Summer Beautification Project paint a Carrot Bay home Tuesday. Photo: NGOVOU GYANG

They couldn’t observe that ritual on Tuesday. Instead, the couple sat inside as a group of youths from the community gave their home a new look as part of the Department of Waste Management’s Summer Beautification Programme.

This year, 176 young people are participating in the programme, which began about 10 years ago, according to DWM Manager Greg Massicote.

For assisting with one of several projects around the territory before and after the August Emancipation Festival, participants earn a stipend of $200, Mr. Massicote said.

In Carrot Bay, seven young men, most of whom were high school students, were painting the exterior of the three-bedroom home white.

“It is a good feeling, and all we have to do is encourage them,” Ms. Smith said as she finished off her lunch. “I can’t see, so I will have to go by what my husband says, and he says they’ve done a good job. And it is good to see that they are willing to work, because Satan always finds work for idle hands.”

See the Aug. 21, 2014 edition for full coverage.

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