Zero Waste Amazing Projects Foundation
We sensitize & train individuals & community groups to conserve nature and environment by utilizing every wasyte as a raw material
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I am 18 years old or older.
This image shows different scenes of the 2019 waste and environment training workshop
A photo shows some our products made out of waste, a chair made from plastic bottles and old papers etc
Initiative's representative name
Kuteesa Michael Isaac
Initiative's representative date of birth
Initiative's representative gender
Headquarters location: country
Headquarters location: city
Where are you making a difference?
Wakiso district, Kasangati town council
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Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan going forward)
Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?
1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.
I am Kuteesa Michael Isaac, the PD CEO and Founder ZWAP Foundation.
After losing a beloved relative (adopted daughter) the late Nassali Charity as a result of cancer, my heart was triggered to read and search about cancer.
The result shows that plastics, agro-chemicals, poorly disposed waste materials and deforestation as a result of industrial and population growth contribute to the spread of more than 36 types of cancer and many other health, economic and environmental hazards.
This sparked an idea to adopt “conservation as our responsibility” and to utilize “every waste as a raw material”. And now we sensitize communities, encourage individuals, train and educate the public to protect environment and conserve nature by utilizing waste
2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
With the high rate of population & industrial growth, Uganda is heading to natural health and environmental disaster due to poor senstization and improper waste management and disposal systems in homes & community, deforestation, Un-employment, pollution & natural resource depletion and malnutrition. Solving these problems will lead to reforestation, nature & environment conservation, job creation, nutrition value increase and innovative & productive waste management schemes from grassroot.
3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
We sensitize, encourage and train individuals & communities to adopt environment, Nature & energy conservation as a personal responsbility and utilize every waste as a raw material for a sustainable socio-economic wellbeing. An individual living in harmony with nature is a source of socio-economic wellbeing.
We plant trees in partnership with community/local leaders, organized groups, institutions and NGOs to restore the lost forest and green cover. They provide the land, labor, and water; a powerful, entrepreneurial determination and an inspiring sense of ownership. We provide education/training, seedlings and monitor the growth. We conduct conservation awards in schools to raise environmental champions from grassroot
-Our intervention focus on the organized, small-scale and grass-root communities that can be trained, supported and empowered to spearhead and expand innovative and productive waste management initiatives in terms of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (Waste to craft, Waste to food & waste to energy), backyard gardens, nursery management, tree planting and growing within their grounds
4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?
We use every organic waste to make energy, like briquettes
We make recycled hand made papers. We make different wall handings and decor from waste plastic and papers.We engage in such activities that ensure a healthy, natural green and waste-free zone through empowering local communities and individuals to inspire one another to engage in campaigns, raise awareness, mobilize communities and build alliance with diverse movements to halt and reverse environmental degradation and natural resource depletion to secure sustainable livelihoods
5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?
ZWAP Foundation already has collaborations and partnerships with government and non government organizations and companies such as Loreign Investments Co. Ltd., National Eenvironment Management Authority, National Forestry Authority, Junk to Joy, Spark Agro initiatives, Uganda national culture council (NOMO Gallery) to promote our crafts. We are in partnership with Spark Agro Initiatives to help with the techinical developments about organic farming and backyard gardens set up. We are working with Doctors vet services to assess the impact of waste on vet life. And now we are working with schools, community groups and local community leaders to implement the #10milliontrees planting project aimed to increase on the emission absorbing trees and fruit trees in our schools and communities around.
We are looking forward to collaborate and have submited partnership proposals to WWF, IUCN, Habitat for humanity, Total E&P, Tree adoption Uganda and many others
6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?
We are glad that since 2019 more than 5 million Ugandans have been senstized through radios, TVs, workshops, newspapers and one-on-one aproach to adopt conservation as their personal responsbility and the use of every waste as a raw material.
More than 6 tons of plastic and other wastes have been collected to make crafts, fertilizers and fuels and more than 87 types of craft items have been created, mounting to more than 200 pieces produced every month.
More than 56 individuals have got employment on contractual, parttime and fulltime basis and more others on indirect employment.
We hold a yearly conservation community training
This year we are targeting to mobilize 10million Ugandans to plant 10million trees in their homes, schools, hospitals, gardens etc. The trees planted in schools will provide the children with cool shades, practical environmental lessons and fresh fruits to improve their nutrition. The project will seek to recover the Uganda's lost Forest green cover
7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?
We improve the health, quality of life, and the socio-economic wellbeing of the people through nature, environment and energy conservation, forestation, waste management, multi-media communications, entrepreneurship, economic development and technological skills trainings for sustainable development. We engage community leaders and individual members to evaluate our activities. We have created a response form where members/participants in our activities fill and feed us with the first hand information.
We plan to create more partnerships with NGOs, Companies and government institutions on campaigns that encourage crowd fundraising to engage in productive waste management activities and plant trees .
8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?
“Every waste is a raw material” We sensitize, encourage and train individuals and community groups to conserve nature and environment by utilizing every waste (environmental polluters) as a raw material for a sustainable socio-economic wellbeing. We believe that an individual living in harmony with nature is a source of socio-economic wellbeing.
We support tree planting along public places like roads, hospitals and schools, that can offer several opportunities for shed, food, fruit access for the public and climatic regulation
9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?
Most of our activities are are product based, We plan to continue making and selling waste to craft, waste to energy products, potted plants for self sustainable income. Waste to craft trainings for Individuals, groups and family will increase on our sustainable income. We plan to make elderly natural leisure parks which will also work as a financial source for the project sustaibility. Exhibitions, Workshops and conferences will stand also to contribute towards the sustainability. Among those we cannot leave out the fundraising events.
We shall also stand through acquiring funds and donations and through membership contribution, and holding fundraising events.
10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?
1. The CEO and Founder Mr Kuteesa Michael Isaac ( A journalist, Business man and an Artist by practice), 2. Innovations, Reasearch and Policy Mr Cedrick Mulindwa ( A vet doctor and a senior Vet officer Kalangala District), 3. Administration and Operations Ms Nalwanga Esther Ruth (Banking and Finance and Business woman), 4. Human Resource and Personnel Ms Olive M Nakibuuka (Entreprenurship and business management), 5. Legal & compliance Joselyn Leletu (Advocate) 6.Communication and marketing etc
11. How did you hear about this challenge?
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