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I am passionate about:
Engaging with young people and communities to handle waste creatively through recycling, reusing and reducing, creating employment and income. Through this I strive to create culturally responsible citizens who care for their environment.
A little known fact about me is:
I like connecting with like minded souls, my works often serve the double function of responding to the massive underserved needs for these communities which contribute to the larger dialogues about employment, education, art and economic development
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Kampala, Central Region, Uganda
Teacher and Youth Development Worker
ECOACTION LTD COMPANY
"Our collective actions today can create a sustainable and beautiful world !"
I am a 25 year old eco-artist, art teacher, youth development worker and the founder of ECOACTION, a non-profit organisation which creates income and livelihood opportunities for the most marginalised urban youth. I was abandoned by my mother in infancy and was separated from my father aged 2 when he was imprisoned. By great luck and perseverance I was able to complete secondary school, then a Bachelor's degree in Art and Design and am now pursuing a diploma in a Commonwealth Youth Development Programme at Makerere Uni. Art, social activism and community development have become my passion.
That's really cool, you are very welcome TOGETHER we can change the world and i am so proud of you guys and the work you are doing, thanks much lets keep in contact, and lets plan and meet some day and see how we can make this happen. Cheers.
Dear AMPLIFY Team Below the response to the points you raise:
- The project aims to support the creation of small business enterprises around waste-related products and upcycling. Each of these micro-enterprises will be supported to develop specific business plans and accompanied during an incubation period. EcoAction intends to move beyond targeting niche markets for recycled products and explore, at a later stage, inclusive business models linking waste collectors and micro-enterprises to larger, recycling enterprises (such as those producing plastic chips for the production bottles, furniture and building insulation materials). In addition, local government (Kampala City Council Authority – KCCA) support has been solicited to ensure the rights of the community to land and assets are protected. KCCA recognizes the potential of this initiative as a model for waste management and employment creation in similar locations. The Authority is proposing to supply waste matter from local markets for sorting and upcycling to increase the potential of community enterprises. The support of KCCA is seen as crucial for the sustainability and out-scaling of the initiative. - EcoAction provides the opportunity for the community to organize itself and jointly identify business solutions built on re- and upcycling of waste products. It links local micro-enterprises to organizations providing relevant technical skills and inputs. For instance, a greenhouse protype from recycled plastic bottles has been developed through collaboration between the community and the departments of Design, Engineering and Agriculture at a local University. The organization Design without Borders is represented on the board and provides advice on products and markets. EcoAction will provide skills in leadership, community organization and governance as well as business skills, market linkages and financial literacy. It will further facilitate the interaction of the community with other stakeholders in the waste management process (public and private sector entities) to identify and build on opportunities for employment and income creation. - EcoAction combines training, process facilitation as well as professional and business development services to the community and youth led enterprises. It also aims to create awareness creation among consumers to reduce, reuse and recycle waste through school initiatives and campaigns with other environmental organizations and government authorities. The ambition of the initiative is to create a waste free environment in the communities where it is working. Where necessary, it links the community to NGOs and similar initiatives for exchange of knowledge, skill building, financial support and input provision. - After small business entities/start-ups have been created in one community and community ownership of the initiative strengthened, a relationship built with local government, and possible relevant industries, the initiative, working with volunteers selected from this community will out-scale to others adopting a similar approach. Working with local government, it will ensure that formal institutional requirements are set-up to strengthen the up-scaling of such initiatives. - The youth have identified a number of capacity strengthening needs such as skills in group formation and collaboration, business development and market identification as well as financial literacy. Volunteers from the community will also acquire ‘facilitation skills” to work in their own and other communities. - The community already sorts the waste into solid, reusable and organic waste. Any remaining toxic or otherwise dangerous objects are collected and disposed of by the local government authority. - Confidence building and collaboration to find innovative solutions and proactively plan the future cannot be easily quantified in economic terms. EcoAction and the community intend to conduct a survey of present income and livelihood status of individual families and to monitor and document the expected growth in income and change in livelihood over time.