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Train women in Slums as sustainable info-points to peers over dangers of indiscriminate plastic dumping adversely affecting climate change.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Disposing plastics in Uganda is often done by indiscriminate litter which causes pollution. These plastics find their way to water channels, drainages and gutters hence blockages which lead to floods that cause death to animals and marine life when ingested. Blocked areas become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and other preventable diseases like dysentery, bilharzia and cholera. All this glossily affect our climate negatively. Sadly, water catchment areas in our cities are in the slum areas. Also, plastics, take over 1000 years to bio degrade and when burnt, they produce dangerous fumes. People in these slums barely earn 1 dollar per day. Women shoulder the maintenance burden of feeding, education, general, and health care; many being single mothers who engage in petty jobs to put food on the table.
To teach the women not only how to reap profitably from littered plastics by creatively using them as raw materials for jewelry, decorations, home ware and more but also protect their environment sustainably. The women will be given business and life skills as well as sensitized on the dangers of plastic litter and the need to protect the environment. Documentation of activities will be key.
Through training and awareness gatherings, they will be more informed on the side effects of plastics to our environment and how they can kill two birds with one stone by getting rid of litter at the same time making profit which will boost their household income and protect the climate.

WHO BENEFITS?

Directly- The vulnerable women in the slums and their immediate families
Indirectly- their customers ,wider community, and population of tomorrow
Their household incomes will increase. Blockage in the waterways will reduce, hence reduced floods and illness breeding. In the long run, the negative impact on the climate will reduce.
Kamwokya slum in Kampala, Uganda

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

urban slums are related to climate change in Uganda especially because the city water ways are in the slums then pour into Lake Victoria.
There are no positive methods of disposing off plastics in Uganda so far . The government has no laws against burning of the plastics among the ways of getting rid of them. If this is done by the community, it leads to pollution of the environment. Also the government collects plastics in gazetted areas becoming "mountains" of rubbish, whose run off spreads to the neighboring villages and water channels affecting crops, humans and their animals. Organizations have tried to sensitize the community on the dangers of garbage but are not providing a sustainable solution by making use of these plastics.

This time round they will be sensitized on the dangers of these plastics to the slum dwellers and at the same time give them an innovative way of using them to solve their household problems,financial included.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for two or more years

EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

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