Zero Waste Amazing Projects Foundation
We sensitize & train individuals & community groups to conserve nature and environment by utilizing every waste 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
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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.
It was a time after loosing a beloved adopted daughter the late Nassali Charity as a result of cancer, then i started to read and search much about the causes of cancer. It came to my knowledge that polythens, plastics, burning and many others have contributed so much and it is the biggest problem for my urban areas. I was highly challed to start a critical thinking on what i can produce from waste plastics, papers etc to contribute on the reduction of cancer spread. I invited others to join and we formed Zero Waste Amazing Projects Foundation
2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
With the high rate of population growth, Wakiso district is heading to natural health and environmental disaster due to lack of proper waste management and disposal systems. The issues of Un-employment, lack of sensitization and right guidance on nature conservation and environment management, improper upbringing of children and poor home waste management has made pollution, natural resource depletion malnutrition and waste generation and accumulation in Wakiso inevitable
3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
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 identify groups who have a great interest in planting trees, a great need for assistance and a high likelihood of success. They provide the land, labor, and water, in case of commercial tree planting we request an applicant to make their interest evident by providing 50% of the number of trees they have requested for; a powerful, entrepreneurial determination and an inspiring sense of ownership.
-Our intervention focus on the organized, small-scale and grass-root communities that can be supported and empowered to spearhead and expand backyard gardens, tree planting, tree growing and tree nursery management, waste management in terms of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (Waste to craft & waste to energy) within their grounds and they include schools, churches, women groups, youth groups, wood carvers, charcoal makers, local leaders and chiefs, organized families, CBOs, etc.
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?
We are incorporated with the government, we are in talks with NEMA, NFA and other environment organisations to come into partnership. We are in partnership with Spark Agro Initiatives to help with the techinical issues of backyard gardens set up
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 to inform you that since 2019 more than 5 people have accepted to start backyard gardens and more than 30 have taken the waste to craft as a clean business. Many home have changed their waste handling systems. Through making and selling crafts and energy from waste we have been able to acquire half an acre of a plot in Wobulenzi Luweero. So far we employ more than 26 people on contractual, parttime and fulltime basis
7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?
Our growth strategy is through improving the health, quality of life, and the socio-economic wellbeing of the people of Uganda through nature, environment and energy conservation, forestation, waste management, food security initiatives, multi-media communications, behavior change initiatives, entrepreneurship, economic development, and technological skills trainings for sustainable development
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.
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?
Through putting the items we make from waste on market as sellable products
Through acquiring funds and donations
and Through membership contribution
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?
The executive is the day to day business governing body of the organization and is conducting the day to day affairs of the organization guided by the board of directors.
It is composed of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Coordinator, Treasurer, Secretary, Publicity and Mobilization, 3Members (PublicRelations Officer, Programmes Manager, Prime Registrar), 3 Member(s) for youth, elderly and women affairs, Children, Parenting and Family affairs expert, Nature conservation, Health specialis
11. How did you hear about this challenge?
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